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The History Of the 293rd Military Police Company

The 293rd Military Police Company was activated in England on 30 December 1942. After the Normandy Invasion, the 293rd landed in France and remained in France throughout the rest of the war. The company returned to the States and was inactivated in September of 1945. Ten years later, the company was reactivated and attached to Fort Ord, California. In addition to post duties, the 293rd MP Company annually supported the Bing Crosby National Pro Am Tournament and the Laguna Seneca Races. The company was inactivated at Fort Ord on 11 June 1968. On 1 November 1970, the 293rd MP Company was activated and attached to the 519th MP Battalion at Fort Meade, Maryland..

In the Summer of 1972, the company was deployed to the New Cumberland Army Depot near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to assist in civil disturbance control during the trial of the “Harrisburg 8”. In June 1981, the company was deployed to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, for an ARTEP conducted by the 16th Military Police Group (ABN).

In December 1981, the company was deployed to Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, in support of the Cuban Refugee Operation. In August 1985, the company was deployed to Seneca Army Depot, New York, to augment security against anti-nuclear demonstrators. From June to November 1986, the 293rd Military Police Company participated in Joint Task Force Bravo, Palmerola Air Base, Honduras.

From June to August 1987, a contingency force from the 293rd MP Company provided security for the Tenth Pan American Games Athlete Village and Fort Benjamin Harrison at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. From July to December 1989, the 293rd Military Police company, with a contingent from the 209th MP Company, participated in Joint Task Force Bravo, Palmerola Air Base, Honduras.

From October 1990 to April 1991, the 293rd MP Company deployed to Saudi Arabia as part of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. The company provided law enforcement support, convoy security, MSR security, battlefield circulation control, and performed those missions necessary to safeguard human lives and protect vital facilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

The company relocated from Ft Meade, Maryland to Ft Stewart, Georgia in August of 1992. While the company was located at Ft Stewart and as a result of their high standards, they conducted operations other than war in support of Hurricane Andrew relief in Homestead, Florida from October to November 1992, then deployed in February 1993 to Panama with a FORSCOM rotation.

From August 1994 through January 1995 the company deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of Operation Sea Signal, controlling an influx of refugees into the United States.

From June 1996 to April 1997, the company deployed under the 519th MP Battalion to Bosnia-Herzegovina in support of Operations Joint Endeavor/Joint Guard. During this deployment the unit completed over 1100 missions and drove over 360,000 miles ensuring the implementation of the Dayton Peace Accord.

From August 1998 to May 1999, 1/293d MP CO deployed to Kuwait as part of Task Force 3-15 and Intrinsic Action. From September 1999 tp November 1999the company deployed in support of the Bright Star training mission to Egypt where they conducted convoy security, force protection, military customs and security of the Joint Exercise Control Cell, Lucky Main.

The company's most recent deployment was in response to the 911 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. The unit responded to a no-notice deployment in 12 hours, working with the Defense Protective Service providing security and force protection for the Pentagon from 20 September 2001, until 20 April 2002.

The 293rd is again answering their call to duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, in Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.




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