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260th Military Police Command

The 260th MP Brigade in Washington, DC converted from HHB, 260th Antiaircraft Artillery Group, District of Columbia Army National Guard, and redesignated as HHD, 260th MP Group on March 1, 1959. It was reorganized and redesignated HHC, 260th MP Brigade on May 1, 1985. It was redesignated the 260th Military Police Command on 1 Sep 1992.

The Commander, 260th Military Police Command, a Brigadier General, provides command and control to support civil defense and civil authority, and executes command and control of District of Columbia National Guard emergency operations forces when called to support the District of Columbia.

National Guard soldiers helped metropolitan and federal police officers keep peace in the nation's capital when thousands of protesters came to Washington to disrupt an April 2000 meeting of world finance ministers. Civic leaders were determined to prevent Washington, D.C., from becoming another Seattle, Washingto, where protests led to violence and looting during the World Trade Organization's meeting in 1999. It was amazing to see all of the destruction that a few people could do. In Seattle the looters owned the streets for a while. Compared to the Seattle protests, the weekend-long DC gathering was relatively peaceful, as demonstrators for the most part limited their activities to chanting and flag-waving in the streets and to their principal demonstrations near the IMF and World Bank buildings on 17 April 2000. Nearly 700 Army and Air Guard members, including security personnel from the DC Air Guard's 113th Wing at nearby Andrews Air Force Base, MD, were called to active duty to help make that possible. The 274th Military Police Company was among the Guard soldiers assembled in a cold, soaking rain near the World Bank and International Monetary Fund buildings, where many of the demonstrations took place.

The 260th Military Police Command deployed about 100 soldiers to the Capitol on 16 November 2001, is response to requests by the US Capitol Police and congressional leaders to reinforce officers exhausted by round-the-clock postings since the terrorist attacks of September 11th. The deployment was briefly delayed overnight when the District, for liability reasons, objected to deputizing armed troops on city streets without DC police training. Theis marked the first troops assigned to protect the Capitol since the 1968 riots. This allowed the 1,200-member police force to begin standing down from 12-hour shifts six days a week, and to start anti-terrorism training. The DC Guard had already dispatched units to Kentucky, and another "undisclosed" US location.

The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 260th Military Police Group on 15 Dec 1971. The insignia was redesignated for the 260th Military Police Brigade on 22 May 1986. On 1 Sep 1992 it was redesignated for the 260th Military Police Command. Distinctive Unit Insignia consists of a gold cluster of trees surmounted by a green equilateral triangle bearing three scale pans in the apex and two horizontal bars across base, all gold, and surmounting the green triangle throughout a gold inverted equilateral triangle bearing a blue enamel fleur-de-lis, all above a three part gold scroll inscribed "PEACE LAW ORDER" in black enamel. Green and yellow are the colors used for the Military Police Corps and balance pans are symbolically related to justice. The fleur-de-lis refers to France and the three areas of the green triangle simulate the three rocks on the coat of arms of St Mihiel and represent the unit's participation in that World War I campaign. The cluster of trees is used to refer to the Argonne Forest and denotes the Meuse-Argonne Campaign participation by the organization. The three scale pans and two bars are used to suggest the three stars and two bars on the flag of the District of Columbia and allude to the unit's home area.

The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for the 260th Military Police Brigade on 22 May 1986. It was redesignated, with description and symbolism revised, for the 260th Military Police Command on 1 Sep 1992. It consists of a white vertical rectanglearced convexly at top and bottom and edged with a yellow border, an arc of three red stars above two red horizontal bars surmounted by a green vertical sword, point up, bearing near its point a green balance bar and scale pans. The combination of the sword and scales of justice represents the duality of the Military Police mission, armed security duties and the upholding of the law. The red stars and bars on a white background are taken from the flag of the District of Columbia, home area of the unit. The flag of the District of Columbia in turn was based on the Washington family coat of arms.



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