Army Memo re: Instructions for Guard Force Assigned to 2nd Brigade Holding Area

This document is an Army Memo to establish procedures and Rules of Engagement (ROE) for the Sergeant of the Guard (SOG) and Guard Force assigned to the 2nd Brigade Holding Area (BHA). It states that the BHA NCOIC will: Maintain schedule for detainees; Pick up food and water for detainees on Mondays and Fridays; Maintain control of detainees; and Ensure laws and regulations are strictly enforced.

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Non-legal Memo
Doc_date: 
Friday, November 14, 2003
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Tuesday, February 14, 2006
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DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY 12BCT) MOSUL, IRAQ P--d-
AFZB-KL-B 14 November 2003
MEMORANDUM FOR RECORD
SUBJECT: Instructions for guard force assigned to r l Brigade Holding Area (BHA).
1.
Purpose. To establish procedures and Rules of Engagement for the Sergeant of
the Guard (SOG) and Guard Force assigned to the 2 nd Brigade Holding Area
(BHA).

2.
Overview. The primary mission of the guard force is Force Protection of all
workers at the BHA. The secondary mission is to establish and maintain control
of the detainees. Firm control and strict regimen will greatly assist interrogators
in accomplishing their mission. However, guards must be cognizant of all
applicable laws and regulations. While control is a must, human rights will not be
violated. Emotions can run high when people are face to face with the enemy.
Self discipline and professionalism will be maintained at all times. At no time
will a member of the guard force inflict bodily harm to an individual unless it
is in self defense or defense of other Coalition personnel. Physical contact
will be limited to sufficient force to move individuals or regain control of the
situation. The following is a list of responsibilities for different elements
operating out of the BHA:

3.
BHA NCOIC Responsibility.

a.
Maintain schedule for detainees.

b.
Provide guard force with office/storage space.

c.
Coordinate meals for guard force in absence of SOG.

d.
Coordinate with SOG transport of detainees.

e.
Supervise roll call, physical training and all other mass movements.

f.
Pick up food and water for detainees on Mondays and Fridays.

g.
Maintain control of detainees.

h.
Ensure laws and regulations are strictly enforced.

4.
SOG Responsibilities.

a.
Supervise guard force.

b.
Provide logistical support to guards.

c.
Coordinate for transportations of guards.

d.
Supervise mass movements.

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e. Maintain accountability of guard force.
f. Ensure proper rest cycle is
g. Assist in feeding detainees.
h. Maintain control of detainees.
i. Ensure laws and regulations are strictly enforced.
j. Establish and maintain fields of fire and QRF procedures to ensure safety
of Coalition personnel.

5. Guard force responsibilities. The guard force will take all instructions from the SOG, BHA NCOIC and interrogation team personnel (as applicable).
a.
Maintaining visual contact of entire room assigned.

b.
Maintaining good order and discipline in holding areas and interrogation rooms.

c.
Limiting access of unauthorized personnel.

d.
Supervising work details.

e.
Providing appropriate mental stress detainees.

f.
Escorting detainees to latrine and wash facilities.

g.
Ensure laws and regulations are strictly enforced.

6. Rules of Engagement (ROE): The ROE is designed to maintain the safety of both detainees and personnel working at the BHA. All detainees will be treated humanely and provided the basic human needs IAW the Geneva Convention, FM 27-10, FM 19-40 and other related publications. Corrective training may be assigned to a detainee in order to reestablish control over the detainee, in the interest of good order and discipline. Physical labor as corrective training must not exceed two consecutive hours and must be either related to the offense or improvement of living conditions for the detainee. Detainees will maintain living areas within the BHA. Guards working at the facility will use the minimum amount of force necessary to eliminate the threat. At no time will detainees be beaten or physically harmed in any way. Weapons status for guards is amber at all times during their tour of duty at the BHA. The following risks are outlined below starting from the least dangerous and ending in the most dangerous:
a.
Disorderly Conduct: In the event an individual detainee becomes disorderly, the guards will immediately subdue the detainee, and contact an interrogator and interpreter working in the BHA. The detainee will be escorted to a separate room, where the interrogator will determine the nature of the problem. If the detainee is calmed down, he will be returned to the general population. If he remains defiant, he will be blindfolded, and sent to a separate room, where he will stay until he becomes calmer.

b.
Escape: If a detainee attempts to escape, the first person that observes the attempted escape will shot, "HALT" or use the appropriate code word of the day. If the detainee does not stop, the guards will shout, "HALT" again. Guards will attempt to stop the detainee using the MINIMUM force necessary to regain control of the detainee. As a last resort, detainee

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may be engaged with small arms fire. This should be a well-aimed shot
with the sole purpose of preventing escape. If a detainee is engaged, the
NCOIC will contact Performance Main, the 2 BCT ACT, and the unit to
which the guard belongs in order to begin appropriate administrative
paperwork and medical treatment. All personnel who witnessed the
incident will prepare sworn statements.
c. Riots: In the event more than two detainees attempt to escape from the compound, guards will use necessary force (lethal force if required) to regain control of the situation. After the riot ceases, and Coalition Forces regain control, all living detainees will be place in the holding cells. The detainees will lie on their stomachs facing the wall and guards will be placed at the entrances of the holding cells. Anyone who attempts to get up from the lying position will be restrained by tying the hands and feet to prevent further disturbance. One interpreter will be with the guards in order to translate instructions in order to avoid confusion. Once order is restored, the BHA NCOIC will then contact Perfoiinance Main, the 2BCT ACT, and the 2 BCT Battle Captain in order to obtain medical support and provide a SITREP to pertinent commands.
7.
Access. All Coalition personnel are authorized in the administrative (next to operations) room in the BHA. However, unescorted access to holding and interrogation rooms are subject to approval by the BHA OIC or NCOIC. Guards will not allow unauthorized personnel in to the holding areas.

8.
Communications. All emergency communications at BHA will be FM voice utilizing vehicle mounted radios or DNVT @ .

9.
POC for this memorandum is WO1 or SSG

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I have read and understand the guard MOI for operations at the BHA. I understand that violations of the Geneva Convention and FM 27-10 (The Law of Land Warfare) are punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

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