400th Military Police Battalion
The US Army Reserve 400th Military Police Battalion is assigned to the 220th Military Police Brigade at Ft. Meade, MD.
As of February 2002 the 366th Military Police Co. was assigned to Ft. Meade to provide force protection and security for the National Security Agency. The 366th took over the force protection mission with the 400th Military Police Battalion around Feb. 19. Prior to this the unit was in post certification training for the Military District of Washington. Training consists of briefings, rules of engagement, protocol and mission requirements.
The Maryland Army National Guard 290th Military Police Company is primarily an Enemy Prisoner of War camp (EPW) mission oriented company, but like any other MP company in the world it is capable of converting from EPW to garrison to combat support to our state missions.
The 29th Military Police Company was granted federal recognition on 10 June 1948. The unit was activated several times during the 60's and 70's to quell civil disturbances. On 15 July 1985 the 29th was redesignated the 290th Military Police Company.
The 290th was put to the test on 15 November 1990, when the unit was called to active federal duty in support of Operation Desert Shield. As part of the 400th Military Police Battalion the 290th went to Saudi Arabia where we served in many different capacities. The unit guarded ammo supply points, built EPW camps, and also processed and guarded over 25,000 EPW's at the 301st EPW camp.
Like all guard units the unit trains one weekend a month and two weeks a year. Monthly training usually consists of, common soldier tasks (weapons qualification and land navigation), the EPW mission (processing and guarding prisoners), other MP tasks (proper search and arrest procedures) and state missions (responding to state emergencies). Soldiers often get opportunities to interact with the community, like riding along with state and local police, or helping with security at the Preakness, the Governor's inauguration and at many parades in and around Baltimore. The Company also has an annual trip to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to provide security for one of their football games. The most notable annual training missions have been to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Puerto Rico and Panama (our home away from home). At Fort Leavenworth they assisted the corrections MPs and in Puerto Rico and Panama they did garrison MP duties.
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