530th Military Police Battalion
The Headquarters of the 530th Military Police Battalion is located at the Training Center, Booker Armory, in Omaha, NE.
The 530th MP Battalion deployed to Kosovo in the Spring of 2000, after some soldiers had completed a one-month assignment in Japan just a few months earlier. The unit was responsible for running an internment facility, whose inmates include war criminals as well as such offenders as murderers, rapists, and thieves. The US, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and the United Nations are working together to restore order in Kosovo, which has no governmental infrastructure such as courts and a police force.
When the US Army was sent to Kosovo, it was not expected to end up running a jail for rebels. But an Albanian insurgency emerged in 2000 in a strip of Serbian territory outside Kosovo. Fearful that the rebellion might destabilize the Balkan region, peacekeepers began seizing shipments of arms intended for the rebels. Trying to contain the insurgency, the peacekeepers detained suspected members of a rebel group who have ventured back and forth across Kosovo's boundary. The group, the Liberation Army of Presevo, Medvedja and Bujanovac, is known by its initials in Albanian as the UCPMB. A crowd of prisoners at the Bondsteel Detention Facility was the result. As many as 16 inmates lived together in small, windowless wooden bungalows, each surrounded by a wire mesh fence. There was little room for exercise, and the prisoners amused themselves by smoking, talking and playing chess.
The 530th MP Battalion, along with soldiers and police officers from 35 nations around the world, trained guards for Kosovo's prison system and worked to establish a court system there. Keeping weapons, lighters, matches and other forbidden items out of the facility is just one step in keeping the ethnically separated population safe. By supervising family visits for Serbian and ethnic Albanian detainees, soldiers from the 530th Military Police Battalion furthered KFOR's peacekeeping mission. The unit returned in December 2000 from military duties halfway around the world to resume their civilian responsibilities.
Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 530th Military Police Battalion, was constituted 10 March 1945 in the Army of the United States as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 530th Military Police Battalion. Activated 20 April 1945 in New Guinea. Inactivated 31 October 1946 in Japan. Redesignated 18 March 1947 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 319th Military Police Battalion, and allotted to the Organized Reserves. Activated 11 April 1947 at Omaha, Nebraska. Organized Reserves redesignated 25 March 1948 as the Organized Reserve Corps; on 9 July 1952 as the Army Reserve. Reorganized and redesignated 15 November 1950 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 319th Military Police Battalion. Inactivated 30 April 1952 at Omaha, Nebraska. Redesignated 24 June 1953 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 530th Military Police Battalion. Redesignated 16 December 1991 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 530th Military Police Battalion, and activated at Omaha, Nebraska.
In August 1998 the Missouri Army National Guard's 135th Support Detachment Rear Operations Center (ROC) of Kansas City hosted operation "ROC Thunder" - an exercise simulating the 135th's role as a key component in coordinating rear area support. The 607th Military Police Battalion of Fort Worth, Texas and the 530th Military Police Battalion of Omaha, Neb. also participated in the exercise via phone and network connection.
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 13 September 1999, consisting of a shield blazoned: Vert, two swords points to base saltirewise Proper superimposed by a mullet of seven points Sable charged with a Philippine sea lion of the like, attached below a black motto scroll doubled Or inscribed "SECURING THE VANQUISHED" in gold letters. The mullet of seven points refers to a fortress, representing security and the containment of prisoners. The swords, points down, represent the prisoners, taken out of combat. Black denotes strength, green and yellow refer to the Military Police Branch. The sea lion recalls the unit's World War II campaign in Luzon, gold signifies excellence.
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