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65th Military Police Company (Airborne)

The 65th Military Police Company was first constituted on 24 November 1943 in the Army of the United States as the 65th Military Police Company, Post, Camp or Station, and activated in Morocco. During the Second World War, the Company participated in 2 campaigns: Rome-Arno and Rhineland. After the end of the Second World War, the Company was inactivated on 31 July 1946 in France.

The unit was reactivated on 25 August 1947 in the Philippines as the 65th Military Police Company, Post, Camp, or Station (Philippine Scouts). It was inactivated on 1 June 1949 in the Philippines.

The Company was allotted on 25 February 1953 to the Regular Army. It was redesignated on 16 March 1953 as the 65th Military Police Company and activated in Austria. It was inactivated on 25 March 1955 in Austria.

The Company was reactivated on 2 August 1965 in Germany and inactivated there on 25 June 1969 in Germany. It was reactivated on 1 November 1970 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The 65th Military Police Company (Airborne) deployed in support of Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada in 1983 and in support of Operation Just Cause in Panama in 1989-1990. It also deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990-1991.

In August 1994, the 65th Military Police Company (Airborne) deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of Operation Safe Harbor. In July 1996, the Company deployed to Bosnia in support of Operations Joint Endeavor. The 65th Military Police Company (Airborne), the 108th Military Police Company (Air Assault), and the 21st Military Police Company (Airborne) successfully completed 9-month tours in Bosnia in support of Operation Joint Endeavor. The 65th Military Police Company, part of the 16th Military Police Brigade (Airborne), had 150 soldiers in Bosnia. The 65th worked under the 519th Military Police Battalion from Fort Polk, Louisiana providing military police support.

From November 1999 to June 2000, the 65th Military Police Company was deployed to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian, as part of the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR). KFOR soldiers carried out a carefully planned and orchestrated operation on 15 March 2000, to search and confiscate illegal weapons at 5 separate locations near the Serbian border. Soldiers from the 65th Military Police Company guarded the roads leading from the village of Stublina. A total of 22 crates of ammunition, hand grenades, mines, rifles, other explosives, and chemical protective masks were found.

The soldiers of the 65th Military Police Company (Airborne) deployed to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan in November 2001 for Operation Enduring Freedom, where they operated a Detention Facility and conducted full spectrum operations throughout Afghanistan. Keeping watch over 50 detainees, among them Pakistanis, Moroccans, Chechens and British Muslims, was hazardous duty for the 65th Military Police company.

The Company deployed to Iraq in April 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to conduct combat support operations and again in January 2005 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom 04-06. During Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-09 in December 2007, their mission was to conduct Police Transition Team training for the Iraqi Police.




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