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History of the 519th Military Police Battalion

 

Originally organized as the 15th Military Police Battalion in October 1927, the 519th Military Police Battalion was called to active duty at Camp Chaffe, Arkansas in April 1944.  The Battalion was deployed to the Pacific Theater one year later. While occupying the island of Okinawa, the 519th Military Police Battalion assisted in processing over 400,000 enemy prisoners taken during the seven-month battle. Entering combat again when the Korean conflict erupted, the 519th Military Police Battalion landed with the advance elements of the United Nations Forces to bolster the threatened Pusan perimeter.  Aiding combat and combat support troops throughout the conflict, the 519th Military Police Battalion added ten more campaign streamers to its combat record and received a Korean Presidential Unit Citation and two Meritorious Unit Commendations.  After the Korean Conflict, the 519th returned to Japan and was subsequently inactivated in March 1956.As a result of the Vietnam conflict, the 519th Military Police Battalion was recalled to active duty on December 23, 1966, at Fort Dix, New Jersey.  On June 7, 1968, the 519th Military Police Battalion was permanently relocated from Fort Dix to Fort Meade, Maryland.  Throughout the following two decades, the Battalion deployed several times to Washington D.C. to provide Civil Disturbance Control and assist in the security of three Presidential Inaugurations. In the summer of 1975, the 519th Military Police Battalion was deployed to Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania in support of the Vietnamese Refugee Program.  The Battalion deployed again to Fort Indiantown Gap in the summer of 1980 in support of the Cuban Alien Relocation Operation. After two deployments to Panama to prevent hostile actions against U.S. personnel and facilities, the 519th Military Police Battalion returned to Panama on December 20, 1989, and participated in Operation Just Cause to protect U.S. lives, property, and interests in the Republic of Panama.
  • On October 6, 1990, the 519th Military Police Battalion deployed to Saudi Arabia as part of Operation Desert Shield.  On January 16, 1991, the 519th Military Police Battalion took part in Operation Desert Storm, providing maneuver and mobility support, security of enemy prisoners of war, and security of three Main Supply Routes into Iraq.  The 519th Military Police Battalion returned to Fort Meade, Maryland on March 28, 1991.
  • On November 27, 1991, elements of the 519th MP Battalion were deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to assist in the relocation of Haitian refugees.  They redeployed on February 15, 1992. Due to the restructuring of the Army, the 519th Military Police Battalion was relocated from Fort Meade to Fort Polk, Louisiana in August of 1992.
  • On September 8, 1992, elements of the 519th Military Police Battalion were deployed to Florida to provide Humanitarian assistance and support Hurricane relief efforts as part of Joint Task Force Andrew.
  • On September 20, 1994, the HHD, 519th Military Police Battalion, and the 204th Military Police Company deployed to Haiti in support of Operation Uphold Democracy.  The Battalion conducted various missions in and around the capital city of Port-au-Prince, assisting in the reestablishment of the democratically elected government within Haiti.
  • On June 28, 1994, the 258th Military Police Company deployed to Panama in support of Operations Promote Liberty and Safe Haven.  The company established Cuban containment facilities, and provided forces to quell camp riots, which occurred in December 1995.
  • On October 14, 1995, the 204th Military Police Company deployed to Haiti a second time in support of Operation Uphold Democracy.
  • On July 17, 1996, the HHD, 519th Military Police Battalion, the 258th Military Police Company, the 293rd Military Police Company from Fort Stewart, Georgia and the 65th Military Police Company (Airborne) from Fort Bragg, North Carolina deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in support of Operation Joint Endeavor and later Operation Joint Guard.  The Battalion assumed a sector as a Task Force in the Serb-controlled Posavina Corridor of Northern Bosnia and conducted the full spectrum of Peace Enforcement Missions.  The Battalion provided comprehensive support to the first-ever-democratic elections in Bosnia.  The Battalion also provided support to operations in the contested areas of Brcko and Celic
  • On July 14, 1999, the 204th Military Police Company deployed to Panama and Honduras in support of the Panama force protection mission and JTF-B in Honduras.  This historical mission supported the United States turning over control of the Panama Canal to Panama.  The 204th MP CO soldiers will be among the last American soldiers stationed on Panamanian soil in accordance with the 1977 Panama Canal Treaty.
  • On July 17, 1999, the 204th Military Police Company deployed to Panama and Honduras in support of the Panama force protection mission and JTF-B in Honduras.  This historical mission supported the United States turning over control of the Panama Canal to Panama.  The 204th MP CO soldiers were among the last American soldiers stationed on Panamanian soil in accordance with the 1977 Panama Canal Treaty.
  • On June 6, 2000, the 209th Military Police Company deployed Second Platoon to Haiti in support of Justinian Cause.  The mission included crowd control, convoy security and base camp security.
  • On November 28, 2000, the 258th Military Police Company deployed to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian, Task Force Falcon.  The mission entailed presence patrols in their AO, VIP Escorts, Law Enforcement duties on Camp Bondsteel and Force Protection in Sophia, Bulgaria.
  • On September 20, 1994, the HHD, 519th Military Police Battalion, and the 204th Military Police Company deployed to Haiti in support of Operation Uphold Democracy.  The Battalion conducted various missions in and around the capital city of Port-au-Prince, assisting in the reestablishment of the democratically elected government within Haiti.
  • On June 28, 1994, the 258th Military Police Company deployed to Panama in support of Operations Promote Liberty and Safe Haven.  The company established Cuban containment facilities, and provided forces to quell camp riots, which occurred in December 1995.
  • On October 14, 1995, the 204th Military Police Company deployed to Haiti a second time in support of Operation Uphold Democracy. 
  • On July 17, 1996, the HHD, 519th Military Police Battalion, the 258th Military Police Company, the 293rd Military Police Company from Fort Stewart, Georgia and the 65th Military Police Company (Airborne) from Fort Bragg, North Carolina deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in support of Operation Joint Endeavor and later Operation Joint Guard.  The Battalion assumed a sector as a Task Force in the Serb-controlled Posavina Corridor of Northern Bosnia and conducted the full spectrum of Peace Enforcement Missions.  The Battalion provided comprehensive support to the first-ever-democratic elections in Bosnia.  The Battalion also provided support to operations in the contested areas of Brcko and Celic.
  • On July 14, 1999, the 204th Military Police Company deployed to Panama and Honduras in support of the Panama force protection mission and JTF-B in Honduras.  This historical mission supported the United States turning over control of the Panama Canal to Panama.  The 204th MP CO soldiers will be among the last American soldiers stationed on Panamanian soil in accordance with the 1977 Panama Canal Treaty.
  • On July 17, 1999, the 204th Military Police Company deployed to Panama and Honduras in support of the Panama force protection mission and JTF-B in Honduras.  This historical mission supported the United States turning over control of the Panama Canal to Panama.  The 204th MP CO soldiers were among the last American soldiers stationed on Panamanian soil in accordance with the 1977 Panama Canal Treaty.
  • On June 6, 2000, the 209th Military Police Company deployed Second Platoon to Haiti in support of Justinian Cause.  The mission included crowd control, convoy security and base camp security.
  • On November 28, 2000, the 258th Military Police Company deployed to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian, Task Force Falcon.  The mission entailed presence patrols in their AO, VIP Escorts, Law Enforcement duties on Camp Bondsteel and Force Protection in Sophia, Bulgaria.
  • On September 23, 2001, the 204th Military Police Company deployed to Washington D.C. in support of Operation Noble Eagle.  The mission encompassed Force Protection for Fort Belvoir, Fort Meyer, and Fort A.P. Hill, and Fort McNair.
  • On October 24, 2001, the 209th Military Police Company deployment to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian, Task Force Falcon.  The mission entailed presence patrols in their AO, VIP Escorts, Law Enforcement duties on Camp Bondsteel and Force Protection in Sophia, Bulgaria.
  • On January 10, 2002, HHD 519th Military Police Battalion deployed to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  The battalion assumed a sector as a Task Force under the operational control of Joint Coalition Task Force Mountain.  The following units made up TF 519: 65th and 108th Military Police Companies (Airborne) from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the 211th Military Police Company, North Carolina National Guard and the 511th Military Police Company from Fort Drum, New York.  TF 519 MP operated a detention facility and conducted full spectrum operations throughout Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and Pakistan.
  • On June 6, 2002, the 239th Military Police Company, Louisiana Army National Guard, deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  The unit mission focused on guarding detainees that had been transported to Cuba from the CJTF Afghanistan area of operations.
  • On January 10, 2003, the 209th Military Police Company deployed to Hungary in a strategically important mission of training and securing Free Iraqi Forces.
  • On March 18, 2003, the 519th Military Police Battalion and the 204th Military Police Company deployed  in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  The 519th served as part of Task Force Baghdad under the 18th Military Police Brigade.  The following companies served under the battalion: the 233rd MP Company, 307th MP Company, 549th MP Company, and 812th MP Company.  The 519th re-deployed to Fort Polk, Louisiana on March 4, 2004 after a year in Iraq.
  • On, April 13, 2004, the 209th Military Police Company Deployed to Afghanistan for a one year tour in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 
  • On Oct 5, 2005, the 519th Military Police Battalion deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 519th served in Baghdad under the 49 Military Police Brigade. The following companies served under the battalion:  204th MP Company, 258th MP Company, 411th MP Company, 163rd Filed Artillery, 147 Filed Artillery, 127 Field Artillery, 988th MP Company, 623rd Filed Artillery, 21st MP Company, 118th MP Company, 630th MP Company, E Company 125th Infantry.  The 519th re-deployed to Fort Polk, Louisiana on Sep 28, 2006.
  • On Nov 15, 2005 the 258th Military Police Company deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and returned on Oct 5, 2006.
  • On Dec 15, 2005 the 204th Military Police Company deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and returned on Dec 5, 2006.
Currently, the 519th Military Police Battalion is located on Fort Polk, Louisiana where it is preparing for future deployments.  From its inception, the 519th Military Police Battalion has received credit for fourteen combat campaigns.  The citations include, the Meritorious Unit Commendation (1950 - 1951 Korea), a second Meritorious Unit Commendation (1952 – 1953 Korea), Republic of Korea Presidential Citation (19 Sep 1950 - 21 Jul 1952 Korea), the Army Superior Unit Award (Apr - Sep 1988 Panama), a third Meritorious Unit Commendation (6 Oct 1990 - 24 Mar 1991 Desert Shield/Storm), and a second Army Superior Unit Award (10 Apr 1994 - 7 Nov 1996 Bosnia).  The HHD has been nominated for the Army Superior Unit Award (10 Jan – 10 Jul 02) for actions conducted in Afghanistan.


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