16TH MILITARY POLICE BRIGADE (AIRBORNE)
16TH MILITARY POLICE BRIGADE (AIRBORNE)
The 16th Military Police Brigade dates back to the Vietnam War when it was constituted on March 23, 1966, as the 16th Military Police Group and activated on May 20, 1966, at Fort George Meade, Md. The original Group consisted of the 93rd, 97th and 504th Military Police Battalions. The unit participated in 13 campaigns, including nine counteroffensives and two consolidations during the Vietnam War, receiving two Meritorious Unit Commendations and the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for their outstanding effort and dedication. On July 16, 1981, the Group was reorganized and redesignated as the 16th Military Police Brigade.
Since Vietnam, the Brigade Headquarters has deployed around the world in support of XVIII Airborne Corps and on-going Army operations. In October 1983, the Headquarters was sent to Grenada in support of Operation Urgent Fury. In March 1988, the Brigade deployed to Panama in support of Southern Command’s operation to secure U.S. civilians and property and to protect the Panama Canal. In September 1989, the Brigade was sent to Saint Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands to restore law and order and protect property following Hurricane Hugo.
In December 1989, the Brigade again deployed to Panama, this time in support of Operation Just Cause and Promote Liberty during which the Brigade was instrumental in standing up the Panamanian Police Force. In August 1990, the Brigade deployed to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. The Brigade was later recognized for its hard work in the desert with their third Meritorious Unit Commendation.
In September 1992, the Brigade went to Florida to assist in disaster relief following Hurricane Andrew. In September 1994, the Brigade was sent to Haiti to support Operation Uphold Democracy.
In January 2004, the Brigade deployed for one year to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where the unit was responsible for detainee operations and convoy security. The Brigade was awarded its fourth Meritorious Unit Commendation for their outstanding accomplishments in Iraq.
In August 2006, the Brigade deployed again to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to conduct detainee operations. After their arrival in Baghdad, the Brigade and Joint Task Force merged staffs in an effort to streamline its operations for Joint Task Force 134.
In August 2007, the Brigade moved to Camp Bucca, Iraq to establish a Brigade headquarters for the care and custody of the increasing number of detainees from 12,000 to more than 24,000 in response to the surge in military operations. Additionally, the Brigade safeguarded Saddam Hussein throughout his detention, criminal trial and return to Iraqi control where he was later executed for crimes committed against the Iraqi people. The Brigade was awarded a fifth Meritorious Unit Commendation for their outstanding efforts in accomplishing the mission.
Under FORSCOM Training Readiness Authority (TRA) dated Jan. 16, 2008, the 16th Military Police Brigade has four battalions: The 503rd Military Police Battalion (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C., the 716th Military Police Battalion at Fort Campbell, Ky., the 91st Military Police Battalion at Fort Drum, N.Y. and the 385th Military Police Battalion at Fort Stewart, Ga. The TRA gives the 16th Military Police Brigade oversight over all aspects of training and readiness for the subordinate Battalions.
The Soldiers of the Brigade have consistently been sent first to world-wide crisis locations. The Headquarters, 16th Military Police Brigade was deployed in 2010 in support of Operation Eduring Freedom to support the establishment of Task Force 435 for detainee operations throughout the Afghanistan theater. Other operations that the Brigade units have supported were the May 1981 Cuban Refugee Relief in Florida; Civil Disturbance operations at Seneca Army Depot, N.Y.; rotations to the Sinai for Multinational Force and Observers Duty; Presidential inaugurations; Joint Task Force Bravo in Honduras; Somalia; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Bosnia; Kosovo; Albanian Refugee Support at Fort Dix; Pentagon security following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001; and Uzbekistan/Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The 16th Military Police Brigade has deployed companies to Haiti in support of Operation Unified Response. The Brigade currently has a detachment deployed to Djibouti in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Units of the 16th Military Police Brigade provide garrison law enforcement and force protection support to Forts Bragg, Campbell, Drum and Stewart communities while continuing to train for their combat mission.
The 16th Military Police Brigade stands ready to support the XVIII Airborne Corps and respond to any worldwide contingency mission.