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22nd Military Police Battalion (CID)

The mission of the 22nd Military Police Battalion (Criminal Investigation Division) is to provide criminal investigative services to the United States Army within an 11 state geographical area of responsibility, ranging from California to Alaska, including the northern half of New Mexico. It would, on order, deploy individual(s) or detachments in support of contingency operations.

The 22nd Military Police Battalion (CID) supported commanders by conducting criminal investigations of serious, sensitive or special interest matters; preventing crime; and preserving the force and Army resources in peacetime, combat, and contingency operations throughout the northwestern states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. The 22nd Military Police Battalion (CID) was responsible for investigating serious crimes and conducting sensitive or special investigations in support of the communities of Fort Lewis, Fort Wainwright, Fort Richardson, Fort Irwin, Fort Huachuca, Oakland Army Base, and the Presidio of Monterey in Monterey California. The 22nd Military Police Battalion (CID) was also responsible for providing I Corps with CID investigative support anywhere in the world.

The 22nd Military Police Battalion was first constituted on 2 March 1944 in the Army of the United States as the 22nd Criminal Investigation Section and activated on 24 March 1944 at Fort Custer, Michigan. It was reorganized and redesignated on 5 August 1944 as the 22nd Military Police Criminal Investigation Section and again on 25 April 1945 as the 22nd Military Police Criminal Investigation Detachment. The unit participated in the New Guinea campaign during the Second World War and deployed to Japan for occupation duty after the end of the conflict.

On 25 October 1951, the Detachment was allotted to the Regular Army. It was inactivated 6 April 1953 in Japan. While inactivate, the unit was redesignated on 12 January 1954 as the 22nd Military Police Detachment. It was activated on 10 February 1954 in Germany and inactivated there on 25 September 1965. It was activated on 25 May 1966 in France and inactivated there on 23 February 1967.

Activated 24 November 1968 in Vietnam It participated in 9 campaigns during the conflict in Vietnam: Counteroffensive Phase VI, Tet 69/Counteroffensive, Summer-Fall 1969, Winter-Spring 1970, Sanctuary Counteroffensive, Counteroffensive Phase VII, Consolidation I, Consolidation II, and Cease-Fire. It was inactivated on 15 August 1972 in Vietnam.

The Detachment was activated on 1 October 1983 at Fort Lewis, Washington. This time, however, the unit was activated strictly as a mobilization Modified Table of Order and Equipment (MTOE) unit, meaning the unit's mission was to support I Corps during a national emergency deployment. The redesignation of the 22nd Military Police Detachment (CID) on 15 April 1994 consolidated the peacetime investigative mission of the Fort Lewis CID office and the combat support mission of the 22nd Military Police Detachment under one battalion level command. In June 1995, the 22nd Military Police Detachment (CID) gained command authority and investigative responsibility for 2 additional CID resident agencies at Fort Richardson and Fort Wainwright, both in Alaska.

The Detachment was reorganized and redesignated on 1 September 1996 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 22nd Military Police Battalion. In September 1999, the 22nd Military Police Battalion (CID) gained command authority and investigative responsibility for an additional CID resident agency at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.




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