21st Military Police Company (Airborne)
"First From Above"
The 21st Military Police Company (Airborne) was first constituted in the Army of the United States as the 1294th Military Police Company on 20 July 1943. The Company was activated on 10 August 1943 at Camp Ripley, Minnesota. During the Second World War, the Company saw action in Normandy, Northern France, and the Rhineland. It was inactivated at the end of the war on 10 November 1945 at Buckley Field, Colorado.
The Company remained inactivate until 10 January 1967 when it was redesignated as the 21st Military Police Company and allotted to the Regular Army. The Company was activated on 1 March 1967 at Fort Carson, Colorado. The 21st Military Police Company was inactivated again on 25 May 1968 at Fort Carson, Colorado.
The 21st Military Police Company was reactivated on 1 November 1970 at Fort Bragg and became a member of the 503rd Military Police Battalion. Soldiers of the 21st Military Police Company served in Grenada during Operation Urgent Fury and Operation Island Breeze in 1983 and 1984. In 1987, the 21st Military Police Company became one of only 3 airborne military police companies in the United States Army. In 1988, the 21st Military Police Company (Airborne) augmented the US Southern Command in the Republic of Panama.
In September 1989, the 21st Military Police Company deployed to the island of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands to retore law and order in the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo during Operation Hawkeye. In 1989 and 1990, the Company returned to Panama for Operations Just Cause and Promote Liberty.
During 1990-1991, the 21st Military Police Company participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, performing security, battlefield circulation control, and enemy prisoner of war operations.
From 1993-1994, the 21st Military Police Company deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia for Operation Restore Hope. In 1994, the Company deployed to Haiti for Operation Uphold Democracy. In 1998, the Company participated in Operation Joint Guard in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and in 1999 the Company provided humanitarian relief to Albanians during Operation Provide Refuge at Fort Dix, New Jersey.
As of late 2001, the 21st Military Police Company (Airborne) was deployed to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian where it was providing Military Police support to Task Force Falcon's mission to maintain a safe and secure environment in that region of the world.
Following the events of 11 September 2001, the Company deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. It then deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II.
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