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160th Military Police Battalion

The 160th Military Police Battalion mission is to provide command, staff planning, administration and logistical support for the operation of internment and resettlement facilities.

The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 21 January 1971, consisting of two erect gold keys addorsed and conjoined at the bows and surmounted at the center of the shanks by a red heraldic rose all in front of and between a pair of scales, the balance beam black and the scale pans gold and issuing above the balance beam a tapered white dome between the tops of two smaller domes (a representation of the Taj Mahal) all above a green scroll, the ends curving inward behind the pendant supports for the scale pans inscribed "HONOREM RESTITUIMUS" in gold letters. Green and yellow are the colors used for Military Police. The two keys denote custody and restoration and together with the scales for justice, symbolize the organization's basic mission in the rehabilitation of military offenders. The rose alludes to the unit's special award for outstanding devotion to duty. The Taj Mahal refers to the unit's service in India during World War II.

About 80 members of the Tallahassee-based Military Police unit whose duties include running prisoner-of-war camps were activated in early January 2002. It was the largest activation of Army Reserve troops in Florida since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The soldiers of the 160th Military Police Battalion were also called up during the Persian Gulf War. The Tallahassee troops reported to their mobilization station at Fort Benning, Ga. It was among seven Florida-based Military Police units that participated in a 15-day POW camp training exercise in July 2001. About 600 soldiers from seven states trained during in the exercise dubbed Platinum Sword. The battalion headquarters is the 641st Area Support Group, based in St. Petersburg.

The 160th Miltary Police Battalion deployed in June 2002 to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, replacing the 115th MP Battalion as the MP Battalion Headquarters and Headquarters Command in charge of running Camp Delta and adjoining Camp America. The 160th was originally activated for duty in Kandahar, Afghanistan, bu eventually ended up at Guantanamo Bay.

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