view of everything and everyone near the principal must be maintained. No unauthorized individuals
must be allowed to approach the principal.
When the principal travels by aircraft, the security detail must be particularly alert at the release point.
The principal is especially vulnerable when deplaning. At least one MP should precede the principal off
When the movement has been completed, the security element leader conducts a debriefing.
Procedures, problem areas, and performance are reviewed. Methods that would improve the operation
are identified. Often, the security leader will be required to prepare a written after action report. This
should be done as soon as possible after the mission is completed, before memory dims. The report
should include the scope of the operation, as well as what went well and what did not. Most
importantly, it should include recommendations for improvement. The security leader should also be
prepared to conduct oral briefings. The written report will be submitted through the chain of command
to the company commander.
This lesson has covered the principles used by MP to secure a division command post. It has also
included other critical facilities secured in a combat environment by MP. The mission of protecting the
division commander and other dignitaries has been discussed. Although this lesson has concentrated
on these measures in a division, similar methods are employed at other headquarters, such as corps.
The scope of the operation in these other headquarters may vary, but the principles employed remain
If you feel you have a good grasp of the material, turn the page and try the practice exercises. If there
are some areas in which you are not sure, go back and review them.