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118th Military Police Company (Airborne)

The 118th Military Police Company was first constituted on 11 June 1945 during the waning days of World War II. Less than a month later the 118th Military Police Company started the first of many overseas assignments when it was activated in China on 9 July 1945. As the war ended and, the Army returned to a peacetime role. The 118th Military Police Company returned to Fort Lawton, Washington, where it was inactivated on 6 January 1946. The 118th Military Police Company Company remained inactive until 20 February 1963 when it was allotted to the regular Army and activated at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. With its new assignment came the distinction of being the only separate airborne military police company in the world.

During the rebellion in the Dominican Republic in 1966, the 118th Military Police Company (Airborne) secured the XVIII Corps (Airborne) Headquarters.

During the invasion of Grenada in 1983, the 118th Military Police Company was given the responsibility of ensuring the safe and speedy evacuation of American citizens and students from St. Georges University. The unit was awarded the Army Superior and Unit US Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Eagle Award in 1984. During the crisis situation in the Republic of Panama in 1988, the unit deployed as an augmentation security force to the Marines. The unit also deployed during the coup attempt in Panama in 1989.

In May 1990, the 118th Military Police Company was assigned to the 503rd Military Police Battalion (Airborne), no longer the only airborne military police element in the US Army. The Company joined the 21st and 65th Military Police Companies (Airborne) as part of the Battalion.

During Operations Desert Shield and Desert storm in 1990-1991, the unit provided security for the XVIII Corps (Airborne) Tactical Operations Center and Main Command Post, as well as Enemy Prisoner of War escort missions from Iraq.

In 1992 the Company deployed to Homestead, Florida, where it was instrumental in restoring law and order to the community and humanitarian aid to those in need, after Hurricane Andrew devastated the city.

The 118th Military Police Company deployed in 1994 deployed to Port-au-Prince, Haiti in support of Operation Uphold Democracy. In 1995 when the unit deployed back to Port-au-Prince, in support of the United Nations Mission in Haiti. In 1999 when the unit deployed to Panama in support of Joint Task Force Bravo.

In September 2001, the 118th Military Police Comapny was called upon to defend and secure the Pentagon in support of Operation Noble Eagle after the terrorist attacks there. The unit subsequently deployed to Afghanistan on 1 December 2002 in support of the Global War on Terrorism. The deployment lasted over 9 months and spanned Operation Enduring Freedom 2, 3 and 4.

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