Bishop III, Wallace, SGT

Military Police Corps (Enlisted)
 
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Current Service Status
USA Retired
Current/Last Rank
Sergeant
Current/Last Service Branch
Military Police Corps
Current/Last Primary MOS
31B-Q9-Traffic Accident Investigator
Current/Last MOS Group
Military Police Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2007-2008, 31B-Q9, US Army Garrison USAG West Point
Previously Held MOS
31B-Military Police
Service Years
2003 - 2008
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Order of the Spur


Honor Guard
Sergeant


One Service Stripe



One Overseas Service Bar


 Official Badges 

Army Military Police


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of The Spur


 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of the Purple HeartWounded Warrior Project101st Airborne Division AssociationAlamo Chapter
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)American LegionIraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
  2005, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2005, Wounded Warrior Project [Verified]
  2005, 101st Airborne Division Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2005, Military Police Regimental Association (MPRA), Alamo Chapter (Assistant Commandant) (Lackland AFB, Texas) - Chap. Page
  2006, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2007, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2008, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:

Final interview with Halfaker &  Associates the week of September 14-18. Once I complete that, I move to Norfolk, Virginia to work at the Navy's new Medical Emergency Operations Center as a watch commander...... ALL THIS= ME BEING VERY EXCITED AND HAPPY!!!!


   
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Camp Babylon, Hilah, Iraq
Start Year
2004
End Year
2005

Description

The First Marine Expeditionary Force transferred authority for five provinces in southern Iraq to the Polish-led Multinational Division Central-South, in a ceremony Sept. 3, 2003 at Camp Babylon, Iraq.

Multinational Division South Central Iraq is headquartered in the amphitheatre at Babylon. Designed to protect the historic Babylon ruins next to the Euphrates river from looters, the camp is home to a number of coalition countries supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, including Poland, Spain, the United Kingdom, France and Germany, all under the command of the Multinational Defense force Southeast, or MND(SE).

When Navy Seabees attached to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) advanced into the ancient biblical city of Babylon at the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), they arrived to find the city's museum and its ruins looted and damaged. After Marines secured the city to protect it from further destruction, the Seabees built Camp Babylon around the ancient city in order to protect one of history's most important archaeological treasures. The individual talent of one Seabee led to the repair of one of the museum's most prized re-creations of ancient history; a scale model of the tower of Babel. The tower, according to biblical history, was built by Noah's descendants who intended it to reach up to heaven. God foiled them by confusing their language so they could no longer understand each other.

On the banks of the Euphrates River, a region that was once the center of Jewish culture and study, Jewish Marines and soldiers got a rare chance to celebrate the Sabbath with one of only three military Rabbis' in theater. Army Capt. Avrohom Horovitz a chaplain with 3rd Battalion 27th Artillery Regiment of Ft. Bragg, NC., was invited up to Camp Babylon in Al Hillah from Camp Commando in Kuwait during the last week of June 2003 to minister to the Marines. Years of persecution in Iraq have driven almost all the Jews from Iraq. The region of Babylon was once the center of Jewish study. The Babylon Talmud, a Jewish book of commentary was written near here.

Service members are more connected thanks to new telephone centers being constructed at different base camps and airfields in theater. The second of six phone banks to be constructed in Iraq was completed at Camp Babylon in time for troops to celebrate July 4. The first was constructed at the Air Force Base in Tallil and the four upcoming centers were located in the areas of Al Asad, Mosul, Al Sahra, and Balad. At Camp Babylon, the center was packed with patrons. Before the first call could be made however, much work had to be done. The facility's wooden frame was the handiwork of the Seabees, while five AT&T employees did the installation of the 48 phones. Setting up a satellite telephone in rural Iraq wasn't as difficult as some thought, especially with Navy engineers came on board, according to one AT&T worker. The Marine Headquarters Group at Camp Babylon oversaw service of the phone center by ensuring that the generator powering the bank is fueled, as well as maintaining the tent. Along with a new contracted food catering service that came to Camp Babylon, the new phone center assisted in keeping the troop morale high until they get the long awaited word to return home.

A bipartisan delegation from the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives gave soldiers and Marines supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom a chance to talk to someone from home Aug. 20 at Camp Babylon, Iraq.

The visit, part of a 10-day tour planned to include seven countries in the region, was topped-off by a lunch, during which the members of congress sat and talked with constituents serving in Iraq.

In the arid, ancient Iraqi city of Babylon, soldiers of the 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) watched Maj.Gen. David Petraeus, 101st commander, pass their unit's colors to a new commander after a skirmish in Karbala left their former leader, Lt.Col. Kim Orlando, and two other soldiers, dead on 15 October 2003.

According to a January 15, 2005 article in the UK's Guardian and a British Museum report, Camp Babylon and operations ran out of Camp Babylon caused "widespread damage and severe contamination to the remains of the ancient city of Babylon."

The report claims that heavy military vehicles crushed some archaeologically significant sites and vast amounts of sand and earth were removed from the site in order to fill sandbags. Also, because the city was home to a coalition military base it became the site of frequent insurgent attacks which caused further damage to the ancient site.

In September 2003 the base was passed to a Polish-led force, which held it until January 2005 when the site was handed over to the Iraqi culture ministry. In January 2005 Polish forces transferred control of Camp Babylon to the Iraqi Culture Ministry. Polish forces moved to a nearby area. Polish officials said that the moving out of Camp Babylon was as a result of security reasons and not because the base was allegedly damaging the ancient city.

   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
2004
To Year
2004
 
Last Updated:
Jan 26, 2017
   
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