Standing atop his humvee at sunset, Lance Cpl. Chris Musick, with 3rd Platoon, B Company, 2nd Military Police Battalion, puts on his camouflage blouse in preparation for the departure of a Combat Service Support Battalion 15 supply convoy from Camp Taqaddum to Camp Fallujah on Aug. 2, 2004. The company, based in Camp Lejeune, N.C., provides security to numerous 1st Force Service Support Group convoys trucking throughout Iraq's Al Anbar Province. As of Aug. 21, the company's three platoons based at Taqaddum have escorted more than 400 convoys with a total of more than 8,000 vehicles across 75,000 miles, according to Capt. Amy R. Ebitz, the company commander. Two other platoons operate out of different bases. Musick, 24, a native of Concord, Mass. Photo by: Staff Sgt. Bill Lisbon

Photo Essay: Marine
MPs key to convoy success in Iraq

Submitted by: 1st Force Service Support Group

Story Identification #:2004821125142

Story by Staff Sgt. Bill Lisbon


CAMP TAQADDUM, Iraq (Aug. 21, 2004) --

Throughout Iraq, military policemen plow like locomotives along highways and dusty trails clearing the path for 1st Force Service Support Group supply convoys.
With watchful eyes, the MPs remain vigilant. Roads in Iraq are corridors of danger, laden with tire-popping obstacles and shrapnel-spraying improvised explosives. From palm groves and rooftops, insurgents take potshots with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades.

The Corps' cops from B Company, 2nd MP Battalion, based in Camp Lejeune, N.C., and MP Company based in Camp Pendleton, Calif., have spent much of the past six months on the road, logging in tens of thousands of miles to guard the lifeline convoys which haul food, water, fuel and ammunition to Marines operating across Iraq.


Photos included with story:



Standing atop his humvee at sunset, Lance Cpl. Chris Musick, with 3rd Platoon, B Company, 2nd Military Police Battalion, puts on his camouflage blouse in preparation for the departure of a Combat Service Support Battalion 15 supply convoy from Camp Taqaddum to Camp Fallujah on Aug. 2, 2004. The company, based in Camp Lejeune, N.C., provides security to numerous 1st Force Service Support Group convoys trucking throughout Iraq's Al Anbar Province. As of Aug. 21, the company's three platoons based at Taqaddum have escorted more than 400 convoys with a total of more than 8,000 vehicles across 75,000 miles, according to Capt. Amy R. Ebitz, the company commander. Two other platoons operate out of different bases. Musick, 24, a native of Concord, Mass. Photo by: Staff Sgt. Bill Lisbon

Standing atop his humvee at sunset, Lance Cpl. Chris Musick, with 3rd Platoon, B Company, 2nd Military Police Battalion, puts on his camouflage blouse in preparation for the departure of a Combat Service Support Battalion 15 supply convoy from Camp Taqaddum to Camp Fallujah on Aug. 2, 2004. The company, based in Camp Lejeune, N.C., provides security to numerous 1st Force Service Support Group convoys trucking throughout Iraq's Al Anbar Province. As of Aug. 21, the company's three platoons based at Taqaddum have escorted more than 400 convoys with a total of more than 8,000 vehicles across 75,000 miles, according to Capt. Amy R. Ebitz, the company commander. Two other platoons operate out of different bases. Musick, 24, a native of Concord, Mass. Photo by: Staff Sgt. Bill Lisbon


Marine Corps military policeman, Cpl. Steven D. Jordan, with 3rd Platoon, B Company, 2nd MP Battalion, performs a radio check in the minutes before braving the dangerous Iraqi roads to escort a Combat Service Support Group 15 supply convoy from Camp Taqaddum to Camp Fallujah on Aug. 2, 2004. Crammed with everything from a cooler of ice for keeping drinks cold to toothbrushes to photos of loved ones, military policemen practically live out of their humvees because they are constantly on the road. The company, based in Camp Lejeune, N.C., provides security to numerous 1st Force Service Support Group convoys trucking throughout Iraq's Al Anbar Province. As of Aug. 21, the company's three platoons based at Taqaddum have escorted more than 400 convoys with a total of more than 8,000 vehicles across 75,000 miles, according to Capt. Amy R. Ebitz, the company commander. Two other platoons operate out of different bases. Jordan, 21, is a native of Camden, Tenn. Photo by: Staff Sgt. Bill Lisbon

Marine Corps military policeman, Cpl. Steven D. Jordan, with 3rd Platoon,
B Company, 2nd MP Battalion, performs a radio check in the minutes before
;braving the dangerous Iraqi roads to escort a Combat Service Support Group 15 supply convoy from Camp Taqaddum to Camp Fallujah on Aug. 2, 2004. Crammed with everything from a cooler of ice for keeping drinks cold to toothbrushes to photos of loved ones, militarypolicemen practically live out of their humvees
because they are constantly on  the road. The company, based in Camp
Lejeune, N.C., provides security to numerous 1st Force Service Support Group convoys trucking throughout Iraq's Al Anbar Province. As of Aug. 21, the company's three platoons based at Taqaddum have escorted more than 400 convoys with a total of more than 8,000 vehicles across 75,000 miles, according to Capt. Amy R. company comman der. Two other platoons operate out of different bases. J Jordan, 21, is a native of Camden, Tenn.
Photo by: Staff Sgt. Bill Lisbon


From the gun turret on top of his humvee, Lance Cpl. Chris Musick, with 3rd Platoon, B Company, 2nd Military Police Battalion, keeps an eye on an approaching vehicle while he and other Marine MPs guard an intersection while escorting a Combat Service Support Group 15 supply convoy from Camp Taqaddum to Camp Fallujah in Iraq on Aug. 2, 2004. The company, based in Camp Lejeune, N.C., provides security to numerous 1st Force Service Support Group convoys trucking throughout Iraq's Al Anbar Province. As of Aug. 21, the company's three platoons based at Taqaddum have escorted more than 400 convoys with a total of more than 8,000 vehicles across 75,000 miles, according to Capt. Amy R. Ebitz, the company commander. Two other platoons operate out of different bases. Musick, 24, a native of Concord, Mass. Photo by: Staff Sgt. Bill Lisbon

From the gun turret on top of his umvee, Lance Cpl. Chris Musick, with 3rd Platoon, B Company, 2nd Military Police Battalion, keeps an eye on an approaching vehicle while he and other Marine MPs guard an intersection while escorting a Combat Service Support Group 15 supply convoy from Camp Taqaddum to Camp Fallujah in Iraq on Aug. 2, 2004. The company, based in Camp Lejeune, N.C., provides security to numerous 1st Force Service Support Group convoys trucking throughout Iraq's Al Anbar Province. As of Aug. 21, the company's three platoons based at Taqaddum have escorted more than 400 convoys with a total of more than 8,000 vehicles across 75,000 miles, according to Capt. Amy R. Ebitz, the company commander. Two other platoons operate out of different bases. Musick, 24, a native of Concord, Mass. Photo by: Staff Sgt. Bill Lisbon



Marine Corps military policeman, Cpl. Steven D. Jordan, with 3rd Platoon, B Company, 2nd MP Battalion, guards an intersection while escorting a Combat Service Support Group 15 supply convoy from Camp Taqaddum to Camp Fallujah in Iraq on Aug. 2, 2004. The company, based in Camp Lejeune, N.C., provides security to numerous 1st Force Service Support Group convoys trucking throughout Iraq's Al Anbar Province. As of Aug. 21, the company's three platoons based at Taqaddum have escorted more than 400 convoys with a total of more than 8,000 vehicles across 75,000 miles, according to Capt. Amy R. Ebitz, the company commander. Two other platoons operate out of different bases. Jordan, 21, is a native of Camden, Tenn. Photo by: Staff Sgt. Bill Lisbon

Marine Corps military policeman, Cpl. Steven D. Jordan, with 3rd Platoon, B Company, 2nd MP Battalion, guards an intersection while escorting a Combat Service Support Group 15 supply convoy from Camp Taqaddum to Camp Fallujah in Iraq on Aug. 2, 2004. The company, based in Camp Lejeune, N.C., provides security to numerous 1st Force Service Support Group convoys trucking throughout Iraq's Al Anbar Province. As of Aug. 21, the company's three platoons based at Taqaddum have escorted more than 400 convoys with a total of more than 8,000 vehicles across 75,000 miles, according to Capt. Amy R. Ebitz, the company commander. Two other platoons operate out of different bases. Jordan, 21, is a native of Camden, Tenn. Photo by: Staff Sgt. Bill Lisbon



A sign at Camp Taqaddum's gate reminds all who exit the perimeter of the potential danger of insurgent attack along Iraq's highways. Marines with 3rd Platoon, B Company, 2nd MP Battalion, based in Camp Lejeune, N.C., escorted a Combat Service Support Group 15 supply convoy from Taqaddum carrying mail, bottled water and other essential supplies to Marines at Camp Fallujah on Aug. 2, 2004. As of Aug. 21, the company's three platoons based at Taqaddum have escorted more than 400 convoys with a total of more than 8,000 vehicles across 75,000 miles, according to Capt. Amy R. Ebitz, the company commander. Two other platoons operate out of different bases. The company provides security to numerous 1st Force Service Support Group convoys trucking throughout Iraq's Al Anbar Province. Photo by: Staff Sgt. Bill Lisbon

A sign at Camp Taqaddum's gate reminds all who exit the perimeter of the potential danger of insurgent attack along Iraq's highways. Marines with 3rd Platoon, B Company, 2nd MP Battalion, based in Camp Lejeune, N.C., escorted a Combat Service Support Group 15 supply convoy from Taqaddum carrying mail, bottled water and other essential supplies to Marines at Camp Fallujah on Aug. 2, 2004. As of Aug. 21, the company's three platoons based at Taqaddum have escorted more than 400 convoys with a total of more than 8,000 vehicles across 75,000 miles, according to Capt. Amy R. Ebitz, the company commander. Two other platoons operate out of different bases. The company provides security to numerous 1st Force Service Support Group convoys trucking throughout Iraq's Al Anbar Province. Photo by: Staff Sgt. Bill Lisbon



Military policemen with 3rd Platoon, B Company, 2nd MP Battalion, who drive armored humvees mounted with heavy weapons to protect the numerous 1st Force Service Support Group supply convoys they escort throughout Iraq, prepare to leave Camp Taqaddum on Aug. 2, 2004. As of Aug. 21, the company's three platoons based at Taqaddum have escorted more than 400 convoys with a total of more than 8,000 vehicles across 75,000 miles, according to Capt. Amy R. Ebitz, the company commander. Two other platoons operate out of different bases. The battalion is based in Camp Lejeune, N.C. Photo by: Staff Sgt. Bill Lisbon

Military policemen with 3rd Platoon, B Company, 2nd MP Battalion, who drive armored humvees mounted with heavy weapons to protect the numerous 1st Force Service Support Group supply convoys they escort throughout Iraq, prepare to leave Camp Taqaddum on Aug. 2, 2004. As of Aug. 21, the company's three platoons based at Taqaddum have escorted more than 400 convoys with a total of more than 8,000 vehicles across 75,000 miles, according to Capt. Amy R. Ebitz, the company commander. Two other platoons operate out of different bases. The battalion is based in Camp Lejeune, N.C. Photo by: Staff Sgt. Bill Lisbon



Marine Corps military policeman, Lance Cpl. Arthur Rosales, with 3rd Platoon, B Company, 2nd MP Battalion, guards an intersection while escorting a Combat Service Support Group 15 supply convoy from Camp Taqaddum to Camp Fallujah in Iraq on Aug. 2, 2004. The company, based in Camp Lejeune, N.C., provides security to numerous 1st Force Service Support Group convoys trucking throughout Iraq's Al Anbar Province. As of Aug. 21, the company's three platoons based at Taqaddum have escorted more than 400 convoys with a total of more than 8,000 vehicles across 75,000 miles, according to Capt. Amy R. Ebitz, the company commander. Two other platoons operate out of different bases. Rosales, 21, is a native of Lufkin, Texas. Photo by: Staff Sgt. Bill Lisbon

Marine Corps military policeman, Lance Cpl. Arthur Rosales, with 3rd Platoon, B Company, 2nd MP Battalion, guards an intersection while escorting a Combat Service Support Group 15 supply convoy from Camp Taqaddum to Camp Fallujah in Iraq on Aug. 2, 2004. The company, based in Camp Lejeune, N.C., provides security to numerous 1st Force Service Support Group convoys trucking throughout Iraq's Al Anbar Province. As of Aug. 21, the company's three platoons based at Taqaddum have escorted more than 400 convoys with a total of more than 8,000 vehicles across 75,000 miles, according to Capt. Amy R. Ebitz, the company commander. Two other platoons operate out of different bases. Rosales, 21, is a native of Lufkin, Texas. Photo by: Staff Sgt. Bill Lisbon



Marine Corps military policeman, Cpl. Steven D. Jordan, with 3rd Platoon, B Company, 2nd MP Battalion, relays instructions to his humvee's driver while escorting a Combat Service Support Group 15 supply convoy from Camp Taqaddum to Camp Fallujah in Iraq on Aug. 2, 2004. From the passenger seat, Jordan uses the radio to communicate with other MP vehicles in order to provide the convoy with the best protection. The company, based in Camp Lejeune, N.C., provides security to numerous 1st Force Service Support Group convoys trucking throughout Iraq's Al Anbar Province. As of Aug. 21, the company's three platoons based at Taqaddum have escorted more than 400 convoys with a total of more than 8,000 vehicles across 75,000 miles, according to Capt. Amy R. Ebitz, the company commander. Two other platoons operate out of different bases. Jordan, 21, is a native of Camden, Tenn. Photo by: Staff Sgt. Bill Lisbon

Marine Corps military policeman, Cpl. Steven D. Jordan, with 3rd Platoon, B Company, 2nd MP Battalion, relays instructions to his humvee's driver while escorting a Combat Service Support Group 15 supply convoy from Camp Taqaddum to Camp Fallujah in Iraq on Aug. 2, 2004. From the passenger seat, Jordan uses the radio to communicate with other MP vehicles in order to provide the convoy with the best protection. The company, based in Camp Lejeune, N.C., provides security to numerous 1st Force Service Support Group convoys trucking throughout Iraq's Al Anbar Province. As of Aug. 21, the company's three platoons based at Taqaddum have escorted more than 400 convoys with a total of more than 8,000 vehicles across 75,000 miles, according to Capt. Amy R. Ebitz, the company commander. Two other platoons operate out of different bases. Jordan, 21, is a native of Camden, Tenn. Photo by: Staff Sgt. Bill Lisbon



To limit the amount of light given off, military policeman, Lance Cpl. Arthur Rosales, covers part of his humvee's headlights with tape before leaving Camp Taqaddum, Iraq, to escort a Combat Service Support Group 15 supply convoy carrying mail, bottled water and other essential supplies to Marines at Camp Fallujah. Rosales is a member of 3rd Platoon, B Company, 2nd MP Battalion, based in Camp Lejeune, N.C., which provides security to numerous 1st Force Service Support Group convoys trucking throughout Iraq's Al Anbar Province. As of Aug. 21, the company's three platoons based at Taqaddum have escorted more than 400 convoys with a total of more than 8,000 vehicles across 75,000 miles, according to Capt. Amy R. Ebitz, the company commander. Two other platoons operate out of different bases. Rosales, 21, is a native of Lufkin, Texas. Photo by: Staff Sgt. Bill Lisbon

To limit the amount of light given off, military policeman, Lance Cpl. Arthur Rosales, covers part of his humvee's headlights with tape before leaving Camp Taqaddum, Iraq, to escort a Combat Service Support Group 15 supply convoy carrying mail, bottled water and other essential supplies to Marines at Camp Fallujah. Rosales is a member of 3rd Platoon, B Company, 2nd MP Battalion, based in Camp Lejeune, N.C., which provides security to numerous 1st Force Service Support Group convoys trucking throughout Iraq's Al Anbar Province. As of Aug. 21, the company's three platoons based at Taqaddum have escorted more than 400 convoys with a total of more than 8,000 vehicles across 75,000 miles, according to Capt. Amy R. Ebitz, the company commander. Two other platoons operate out of different bases. Rosales, 21, is a native of Lufkin, Texas. Photo by: Staff Sgt. Bill Lisbon

Service members from the following hometowns are pictured in the photos:

- Lufkin, Texas
- Camden, Tenn.
- Concord, Mass.

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