The 709th Military Police Battalion is headquartered in Grafenwoehr, Germany, with subordinate units dispersed across Europe. Each unit in our team has a distinct and honored history, protecting the Soldiers and families of the U.S. Army since 1942.
The 709th Military Police Battalion units are:
- Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment
- 527th Military Police Company
- 529th Military Police Company
- 554th Military Police Company
- 615th Military Police Company
- 92nd Military Police Company
Learn more about each of the 709th Military Police Battalion teams by clicking on the unit names below.
The Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 709th Military Police Battalion, has served with honor and distinction in Europe for more than sixty years. Activated at Camp Niantic, Connecticut, April 9, 1942, the detachment trained for immediate service in World War II. The unit was tasked in early 1943 to guard German Prisoners of War shipped from North Africa to U.S. ports and to escort prisoners from these ports to internment facilities. The detachment and battalion landed on Omaha Beach, Normandy, and on August 29, 1944, the battalion entered Paris.
In October 1945, the detachment moved to Frankfurt, Germany, assuming Military Police duties in another major city devastated by war. During Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, HHD and the battalion played an important role in securing rail cars and convoys designated for ports of embarkation and also provided continuous law enforcement and personnel security missions for communities within Germany. In 1991, HHD and the battalion deployed to Northern Iraq in support of Operation Provide Comfort. In December 1995, the detachment deployed to Croatia in support of Operation Joint Endeavor. In early January 1996, HHD crossed the Sava River as part of the lines of the communication's opening force, preparing the way for eventual entrance of Task Force Eagle units in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In 1995, HHD moved to Hanau, Germany.
In April 2002, HHD and one company deployed to Kosovo in support of Task Force Falcon and the Multinational Brigade East. HHD and one company deployed to Iraq in March 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I. In the fall of 2005, the unit deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2005-2007. In June 2007, HHD moved to its current location in Grafenwoehr, Germany. As they have for the past seventy years, the 709th Military Police Battalion continues to provide law enforcement and force protection to our service members and their families.
The 527th Military Police Company has a proud and distinguished history, serving with honor and distinction in the Military Police Corps for over 70 years. The 527th was constituted on June 28, 1945 in the U.S. Army as the 151st Military Police Service Company and activated on July 13, 1945 at Calcutta, India, where it remained throughout World War II until inactivation on January 15, 1946.
On December 11, 1946, the unit was reactivated and re-designated as the 527th Military Police Company, and on December 20, 1951, it was allocated into the Regular Army, being re-designated as the 527th Military Police Prison Guard Company.
During this period, th unit served in Mannheim, Germany, until July, 1964 when it was inactivated. The unit was reactivated June 1, 1966 at Fort Lewis, Washington, and transferred to Vietnam as a Physical Security Company on September 7,1966.
Assigned to Saigon, it served a pivotal role in the defense of the U.S. Embassy and other critical facilities in Saigon during the TET Offensive, but the unit was again inactivated on October 15, 1968.
On June 30, 1971, the unit was reactivated in Vietnam, this time in Da Nang as a Confinement Facility Company. It served there until March 20, 1972, when it was again inactivated.
On October 21, 1977, the unit was reactivated in West Germany where it has served continuously for over 30 years. From April through August 1991, the 527th deployed to Northern Iraq and Turkey in support of Operation Provide Comfort. From May through October, 1998, the unit deployed to Bosnia in support of Operation Joint Forge/ Joint Guard. The 527th again deployed to Bosnia in support of Operation Joint Forge from July through September 1999. On November 24, 2000, the unit deployed to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian, returning on May 24, 2001. In February 2003, the 527th deployed to Kuwait and in March crossed into Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, returning to Germany in February 2004. On October 3, 2005, the 527th again deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, returning in September 2006. In March 2008, the unit deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, returning in June 2009. In April 2011, the unit deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, returning in March 2012.In Feb 2013 the unit deployed to Kosovo, returning in Feb 2014.
The 529th Military Police Company was constituted on June 28, 1945 as the 153rd Military Police Service Company. On July 13, 1945, the Department of the Army activated the 153rd in New Dehli, India. The unit served in China, India, and Burma until its deactivation on April 10, 1946 in India.
On December 28, 1946, the unit was reorganized in Europe. The unit was re-designated as the 529th Military Police Service Company and assigned to the European Command at Giessen, Germany with subsequent duties at Wetlar Post, Frankfurt, and Rhein Military Police Districts.
On June 22, 1951, the 529th Military Police Service Company was re-designated as the 529th Military Police Company and allotted to the regular Army. In September 1951, the unit was transferred to La Rochelle, France where it remained until December of 1952 when it transferred to U.S. Army Europe Headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany and was designated as the USAREUR Honor Guard by the Department of the Army. In July 1972, the 529th Military Police Company became part of the 26th Area Support Group and was reassigned to the 95th Military Police Battalion in November 1994.
The 529th Military Police Company's missions are to provide combat military police support to any USAREUR/21st TSC contingency operation as directed; to perform security for HQ USAREUR/7th Army and conduct law enforcement for the Wiesbaden and Heidelberg military community; to provide security for the commanding general and deputy commanding general, USAREUR/7th Army; and to provide honor guard/salute battery ceremonial support to HQ USAREUR/7th Army.
The 529th Military Police Company is the most mission diverse military police company in the U.S. Army. In recent years, the company has deployed soldiers in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom an dOperation Enduring Freedom.
The 554th Military Police Company has a colorful history that dates back to World War II. It was activated on June 25, 1943 at Fort Custer, Michigan and was initially given the mission of guarding prisoners of war at Waingarten, Missouri. In April 1944, the company sailed from Boston, Massachusettes aboard the SS Wakefield for England. Upon arrival, the unit began intense training and on September 10, 1944 it landed at Utah Beach.
The company later traveled through Holland and France and made its way to Germany in March 1945. During the trek across Northern Europe, the company participated in numerous campaigns including Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe. At the end of World War II, the unit returned home and was deactivated in January 1946.
During the Korean Conflict, the 554th Military Police Company was reactivated and given the mission of providing physical security for the Anti-Aircraft Artillery and Guided Missile Center at Fort Bliss, Texas. Upon completion of hostilities, the unit was again deactivated in August 1952.
In May 1965, the 554th Military Police Company was reactivated at Pirmasens, Germany with the mission of providing physical security for the Gerbach Storage Area at North Point, Federal Republic of Germany, where it remained for three years. In the fall of 1967, the unit was reassigned to Patch Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany, and in March 1971, it was designated as the United States European Command (USEUCOM) Honor Guard.
In July 1985, the 554th MP Company was reassigned to the 385th MP Battalion, 14th MP Brigade, with the mission of providing garrison law enforcement and security for USEUCOM and the Stuttgart Community. In March 1993, as a result of restructuring of the U.S. Army in Europe, the company was reassigned to the 95th MP Battalion, "Superstars."
In August 1996, in continuing its long tradition of peacekeeping operations, the unit deployed to Hungary and Croatia as a part of the Implementation and Stabilization Forces (IFOR/SFOR), in support of OPERATION JOINT ENDEAVOR/OPERATION JOINT GUARD. In April 1998, the unit deployed 3/554th MP Company to Rijeka, Croatia to provide additional military police support to OPERATION JOINT GUARD/OPERATION JOINT FORGE. In September 1998 and again in February 1999, both 1/554 and 2/554th MP Company deployed to the Port of Rijeka, Croatia in support of OPERATION JOINT GUARD/OPERATION JOINT FORGE. This was the first time the "Superstar" Battalion had supported the Task Force Rijeka mission by sending only platoons from the 554th MP Company to conduct Deep Water Port Security Operations in support of a forward deployed contingency. As a result of that proven superior performance, the 554th MP Company supported OPERATION JOINT FORGE again at the Port of Rijeka, Croatia in support of Task Force Rijeka VII from February to April 2002. The soldiers of 1/554th MP Company set a new standard of performance for Deep Water Port Security Operations during this rotation; a standard that has since become the new standard for all future port security missions in Rijeka.
In the fall of 2002, the 554th MP Company supported its first Transfer of Authority (TOA) mission for KFOR, rotation 4A to 4B in Macedonia. The deployment of 3/554 MP Company, from October to November 2002, provided Area Security and Maneuver and Mobility Support Operations for both personnel and equipment for the outgoing and incoming Task Force Commanders of the 1st Infantry Division.
On April 17, 2003, the "WARDAWGS" deployed 3/554 MP "Bulldogs" platoon for one year as part of a Force Enhancement Module (FEM) for United States Army Europe attached to the TF 1-63 Armor Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. Once on the ground, the platoon was attached to the 173d Airborne Brigade Combat Team, where they conducted more than 500 successful combat missions, and provided critical MP Support across all five battlefield functions in and around the city of Kirkuk, Iraq. In addition, the 554th MP Company also deployed a squad in April to Rotterdam, Netherlands for a month, where they provided critical Deep Water Port Security Operations for both personnel and equipment for the 1st Armored Division en-route to OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.
In May 2003, in keeping with its long tradition of excellence, the 554th MP Company was recognized by the Secretary of the Army with the Army Superior Unit Award for outstanding meritorious performance during peace time, in support of contingency operations in the former Yugoslavia.
On March 14, 2004, 1st PLT "Ugly", attached to the 230th MP CO and assigned to the 16th MP BDE Airborne, deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in support of OIF II. During their tour, they performed countless joint patrols with the Baghdad Iraqi Police and Iraqi Highway Patrol, convoy operations, and the security of vital logistics. The platoon's various humanitarian missions included the reconstruction of critical infrastructure. For their actions, 1st PLT was recognized with 37 Combat Action Badges, 12 Purple Hearts, 3 Bronze Stars, 5 Army Commedation Awards with Valor, and 49 ARCOMs.
On February 16, 2006, TF 554 MP CO, consisting of HQ, 2nd, 3rd platoons, and 2nd and 3rd platoons from the 230th MP CO, deployed to Afghanistan. The Company HQ was assigned to FOB Salerno under the 710th BSB, 10th Mountain Division. They were tasked with law enforcement for FOB Salerno, Customs throughout the Brigade Sector, and supported the platoons in the field. 2/230th "Black Sheep" was divided between Logar and Ghazni Provinces, training the Afghan National Police and area security. 2/554th "Predators" was assigned to Paktika Province under a Naval command. They completed over two hundred and twenty convoy missions, and successful trained the Paktika ANP. 3/554th "Outlaws" were originally assigned to 1/3 Marine Battalion in Jalalabad. From there they moved to Mehtar Lam, and finally finished their tour in Kamdesh conducting ANP training and area security. 3/230th "Punishers" was assigned to Kabul and Bagram. They operated as the Personal Security Detachment for the Commanding Generals of Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan (CFC-A),Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTC-A), and Coalition Joint Task Force-76 (10th Mountain Division CG).
The unit's current mission is to deploy and execute combat support operations in support of a deployed contingency force; provide law and order operations and force protection to the Stuttgart Military Community; and provide security for USEUCOM. The 554th MP Company, "WARDAWGS", stand ready to answer the nation's call in support of operations around the world. Anywhere, anytime, at a moment's notice.
The 615th Military Police Escort Guard (MPEG) Company was activated at Fort Custer, Michigan on May 25, 1944. The company was assigned to the 6th Service Command with the primary mission to escort and guard Prisoners of War.
On August 24, 1965, the 615th Military Police Company was transferred to Vietnam. While in Vietnam, the unit was awarded five Meritorious Unit Commendation Awards for heroic duty. The 615th Military Police Company participated in and is credited with 16 Vietnam campaign credits. The unit was inactivated on March 28, 1973 in the Republic of Vietnam, the last day of American military combat presence in Vietnam.
On October 21, 1977, the unit was activated and assigned to VII (U.S.) Corps, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army at William O. Darby Kaserne in Fuerth, Germany. On June 30, 1991, the 615th was awarded the Army Superior Unit Award for its force protection mission during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. On January 19, 1999, the 615th was awarded the Army Superior Unit Award for its participation in Task Force Eagle Implementation Force (IFOR).
In March 2003, the 615th Military Police Company was deployed to Kuwait and was selected to cross into Iraq with V CORPS as part of the "Tip of the Spear" during the initial invasion in support of OIF I.In November 2003, the 615th Military Police Company was awarded the Griffin Award for the best Military Police Company in USAREUR. In December 2003, the 615th Military Police Company was awarded the General Jeremiah P. Holland Award for the best Military Police Company in the Military Police Corps Regiment for Fiscal Year 2002.
On January 12, 2006, the 615th Military Police Company was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The company was stationed in West Baghdad and assigned to the 372nd Military Police Battalion, 49th Military Police Brigade. During "The Year of the Police" the 615th Military Police Company's mission was the Police Transition Team. They were overall responsible for assessing, training and mentoring all the Iraqi Police Forces stationed in western Baghdad. The company also had the responsibility of providing a safe and secure environment for the Iraqi people and Coalition Forces.
On December 29, 2006, the 615th Military Police Company redeployed to the Grafenwoehr, Vilseck, and Hohenfels, Germany communities. On June 26, 2008, the 615th was awarded the Valorous Unit Award for Extraordinary Heroism against an armed enemy during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
On May 20, 2010, the 615th Military Police Company once again deployed, this time in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Company HQ and 2d PLT were stationed in the city of Gardez with 1st PLT stationed in Chamkani, and 3d PLT stationed in Zormat. The Company was assigned to 1/172 INF (TF Avalanche), 1/168 INF (TF Lethal), 95th Military Police Battalion (TF Sheriff), and 92d Military Police Battalion (TF Phoenix). The 615th Military Police Company was responsible for assessing, training, and mentoring of the Afghan Uniform Police assigned to Paktya Province.
On May 21, 2011, the 615th Military Police Company redeployed to the Grafenwoehr community where the officers, NCOs and Soldiers continue to provide World Class Professional Law Enforcement support to the Grafenwoehr and Vilseck Communities. On October 8, 2011, the 615th Military Police Company deployed the 512th Military Police Platoon to Turkey in support of Operation Atlantic Sentry. The Platoon provided site security for a strategic assets in support of the U.S. Army Missile Defense Agency. The unit redeployed to Grafenwoehr on January 30, 2012. On January 9, 2014, the 615th Military Police Company deployed 1st Platoon in support of KFOR to Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, where the Platoon provides Law and Order Operations.
The 92d Military Police Company "Solid, Solid As A Rock" was constituted on August 10, 1943, as the 1299th Military Police Company and activated at Camp Riley, Minnesota. The Company served with distinction during the Second World War, fighting from the beaches of Normandy across northern France and central Europe, where they earned three campaign streamers and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.
The unit was inactivated November 10, 1945, at Buckley Field, Colorado. The Company was called into action again during the Vietnam War and served from January 27, 1967 to January 25, 1968, as the 92d Military Police Company "Solid as a Rock" and assigned to the regular Army at Ft. Riley, Kansas. After serving with distinction, the 92d Military Police Company was inactivated January 25, 1968 at Ft. Riley, Kansas
The unit was reactivated June 21,1977, in Baumholder, Germany, and was assigned to the 709th Military Police Battalion "Warriors". The 92d was reassigned October 16, 1986, to the 93rd Military Police Battalion as the 92d Military Police Company "Solid as a Rock", with 4th Platoon of 127th Military Police Company being assigned as 4th Platoon, 92d Military Police Company in Darmstadt, Germany.
On December 28, 1990, the unit was called to arms during OPERATION DESERT SHIELD. Serving with distinction during the Gulf War, the unit earned two more campaign streamers and its second Meritorious Unit Commendation. The unit was then assigned to the 3rd Armored Division for operations in Kuwait and Iraq and then returned May 9, 1991, to the 93rd Military Police Battalion.
The Company redeployed May 18, 1991 back to home stations in Germany. The 92d Military Police Company was reassigned September 16, 1992, to the 709th Military Police Battalion "Warriors" and relocated March 15, 1993, with 3rd Platoon and 4th Platoon in Darmstadt, Germany and Headquarters Platoon, 1st Platoon and 2nd Platoon in Baumholder, Germany.
On December 21, 1995, the Company deployed again as part of the Warrior Battalion and as one of the first American units in Bosnia/Herzegovina, for OPERATION JOINT ENDEAVOR. During a grueling eleven month deployment, the 92d Military Police Company earned the Army Superior Unit Award. From March 1999 to June 1999, the Company served a no-notice deployment for OPERATION JOINT FORGE, Sarajevo, Bosnia. Then, on November 15, 1999, the 92d Military Police Company deployed to Camp Monteith, Kosovo in support of OPERATION JOINT GUARDIAN II. Operating as part of TASK FORCE FALCON, the 92d Military Police Company outstandingly performed a myriad of missions.
In January 2006, the Company was reassigned to the 95th Military Police Battalion. As part of the Army GR2 plan, the Company reconsolidated all of its platoons at the end of 2007 to Baumholder, Germany. The Company completed a 12 month deployment to Afghanistan in 2010 in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. After this deployment, 23rd Platoon, 92nd Military Police Company deployed to Afghanistan in February 2011 in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation.
On Janurary 13, 2014, the 92nd MP Co. relocated from Baumholder to Sembach Germany to continue its mission. The unit provides the Kaiserslautern Military Community with highly trained, competent and disciplined Soldiers for law enforcement support to U.S. Army Europe.