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101st Military Police Company (Air Assault), 716th Military Police Battalion

The 101st Military Police Company was deactivated in 2004 as part of the overall transition of the 101st Airborne Division to the US Army's new modular force structure.

The 101st Military Police Company (Air Assault) was first constituted pm 6 August 1942 in the Army of the United States as the Military Police Platoon, 101st Airborne Division. This unit was inactivated on 30 November 1945.

The unit was reactivated and redesignated on 18 June 1948 as the 101st Airborne Military Police Company. Inactivated and reactivated a number of times throughout the late 1940s and 1950s, the unit was inactivated 25 April 1957 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and relieved from assignment to the 101st Airborne Division.

The unit was redesignated 21 January 1964 as the 101st Military Police Company and assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, being formally reactivated on 3 February 1964 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

During the 101st Military Police Company's tour in Vietnam, the unit amassed a reputation of valor, exemplified by over 400 individual awards, over 123 ARCOM's, and 97 Bronze Stars in 1970 alone. The unit redeployed from Vietnam to Fort Campbell on 16 January 1972.

On 22 August 1990, the 101st Military Police Company (Air Assault) began deployment to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. The company was responsible for processing over 1,100 captured Enemy Prisoners of War (EPW's) and performing battlefield circulation control on over 200 miles of MSR's in Iraq. On 19 September 1994, the 101st Military Police Company (Air Assault) deployed to the Republic of Haiti in support of Operation Uphold Democracy as part of Joint Task Force 190 and Joint Task Force 180. The unit deployed to the underdeveloped nation to help restore stability to the area. As a result of their achievements, the soldiers of the company were awarded the Army Expeditionary Medal.

On 19 July 1997, the 101st Military Police Company deployed a direct support platoon to the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt with the 1-327th Infantry Task Force. The platoon provided military police support at both north and south camps for a period of six months. On 21 April 1998, the 101st Military Police Company deployed a squad from 1st platoon to Port au Prince, Haiti with C Company 2-327th Infantry to support Operation New Horizon. It also deployed a squad for operations in Kosovo.

In late December 2001 the 101st Military Police Company deployed their 3rd Platoon in direct support to 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division on a 7-month deployment to Afghanistan. While there, the platoon played a significant role in various missions to include Operation Anaconda. Elements of the 101st Military Police Company also deployed in support of other elements of the 101st Airborne Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

In 2004 the entire 101st Airborne Division transitioned into the US Army's new modular force structure. A part of this revised structure involved the creation of Division and Brigade Special Troops Battalions, which included, among other elments, Military Police elements. As a result the 101st Military Police Company was deactivated.




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