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Published:April 12th, 2007 02:42 EST
Securing Iraqi-Syrian Border

Securing Iraqi-Syrian Border

By SOP newswire

COMBAT OUTPOST HEIDER — With weapons loaded and at the ready, they walk their beat in full battle-rattle, carefully making their way through the crowd.

All eyes are on them — heads turn and people nudge one another for a better look. This isn't just a routine patrol and they aren't your average cops. They are members of the Point-of-Entry Transition Team, or POETT, and their “beat” is to help secure the border between Iraq and Syria. Their home stations range from Fort Bragg, N.C. to Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and their jobs range from military intelligence to military police officers. The team works around the clock in shifts and hand-in-hand with the Iraqi security forces to ensure everyone entering the country has a legitimate reason, passport and goods.

By Sgt. Paula Taylor
4th BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs