Military Police training centre opens in Ukraine with Canadian support
Tags: Operations and exercises
By: Major Nathan Flight, Joint Task Force-Ukraine (JTF-U)
Countless hours of negotiation, planning, and multinational collaboration were rewarded on Friday, September 15, 2017 with the official opening of 25 Training Centre, the expectant hub of all future military police professional development in Ukraine. A nation’s pride was on full display as the senior leadership of the Military Law and Order Service (MLOS), an independent service within the armed forces, stood at attention in the cool morning breeze while being addressed by senior leaders.
“The opening of the training centre is a seminal and transformative moment for the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” explained Major Nathan Flight, Deputy Commandant of the MLOS.
Due to a variety of factors, the MLOS training academy was decommissioned in 2012. In June 2016, the Strategic Defense Bulletin of Ukraine (akin to a White Paper) was signed by the President of Ukraine. Accordingly, the Chief of General Staff was entrusted with reforming and rebranding the Military Police by 2020.
This effort has been championed by career soldier Major General Ihor Kryshtun, who leads with laser-focus as the Commander of MLOS. With a dedicated personal staff and the able assistance of a small team of Canadians, the project pushed forward at a remarkable pace, resulting in the re-opening and dedication of a new centre in Lviv. In the presence of the Minister of Defence (UKR) and the Joint Task Force-Ukraine Op UNIFIER Commander, over one hundred soldiers, guests, and VIPs witnessed this event. The sustained commitment of three Canadian Armed Forces personnel was recognized; the Ukrainian Order of Merit was bestowed upon Lieutenant-Colonel Bernard Hudson, Lieutenant Commander Jill Page, and Captain (formerly Chief Warrant Officer) Bernie Caron.
These efforts will continue on a full-time basis through the addition of a Canadian Deputy and a Training and Development officer, the vanguard of a two year commitment under Op UNIFIER, Canada`s training mission in Ukraine.
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