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793rd MP Battalion
Spartans

As of September 2, 2012




The 545th MP Company is soon to join this famous MP Battalion and more information will be added to this page once this even occurs. Information in this page provided in part by the 793rd MP BN Association.


HISTORY OF THE
793RD MILITARY POLICE BATTALION
“ACHIEVEMENT WITH HONOR”

The 793rd Military Police Battalion was activated at Camp Maxey, Texas on 26 December 1942, and has been continuous active duty since that day.

In February 1944, the Battalion departed the United States for a period of retraining in Scotland and was then transferred to France in August 1944. From August through December 1944, the Battalion performed traffic security duty on the Red Ball Highway.

From December 1944 to June 1945, the Battalion was charged with the protection of the Port of Antwerp, Belgium. It was during that period that the Battalion was awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation and was cited in the Order of the Belgian Army.

In June 1945, the Battalion moved to France to prepare for deployment to the South Pacific, but the end of the war resulted in its being assigned port security in Marseille. In January 1946, the Battalion entered Germany for duty with the Third United States Army at Bad Toelz until April 1946, when it moved to the Nürnberg-Fürth area. Attached to the 26th Infantry Regiment, First Infantry Division, the Battalion was assigned security duties at the Nürnberg War Crimes Trials.

In February 1947, the 793rd Military Police Battalion moved to William O. Darby Kaserne, its present location. They again moved to Monteith Barracks, then to Pinder Kaserne. Finally, in September 1948, they returned to William O. Darby Kaserne, where the Headquarters Detachment, 793rd MP Battalion and a platoon from the 30th MP Co and the 218th MP Co are presently located.

In 1953, the 793rd Military Police Battalion began to spread out and cover a vast area of Bavaria. The MP Station was moved from the Palace of Justice to William O. Darby Kaserne on 24 June 1953.

In 1968, the 793rd Military Police Battalion and the Feldjäger Battalion 760 were designated as partnership units which created a closer working relationship. This relationship has flourished throughout the years and was recognized by the Commander-in-Chief, United States Army Europe in 1970 and in 1991 with the USAREUR Project Partnership Award.

During the months of September and October 1972, elements of the 793rd Military Police Battalion were placed on additional security for the Olympic Games in Munich and possible terrorist attacks from Middle East countries.

In September 1979, the 793rd MP Battalion was awarded the Department of the Army Community Award for excellence in support of the Community Relations program. It was in recognition of the unit’s assistance to the residents of Katzwang, Germany during the flood disaster on 26 March 1979.

On 16 November 1980, the three line companies were reorganized. This reorganization increased the combat power of the Battalion. Most significant was the authorization of one M60 machine gun and one M203 grenade launcher per vehicle.

In 1985 the Battalion was assigned to the 14th Military Police Brigade and received the 595th and 981st MP Companies which ere Lance Missile Security companies. With the phasing out of the Lance Missile from the Army inventory, these two units were scheduled for deactivation in 1990.

In November 1990, the 793rd Military Police Battalion was alerted for deployment with the 14th MP Brigade to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation DESERT SHIELD. Elements from the battalion were among the first units from VII Corps to arrive in the Middle East and were the first to move out of the port into the desert. Reminiscent of its support to General Patton’s Third Army along the Red Ball Express in World War II, the battalion provided battlefield circulation control for the thousands of vehicles moving from the ports into their staging areas. When Operation DESERT STORM commenced, the battalion provided battlefield circulation control, area security and enemy prisoner of war support to the 1st Armored Division and the 3rd Armored Division in their historic sweep across Saudi Arabia, north across Hussain’s barrier and deep into Iraq. During this time the battalion captured or processes 7000 enemy prisoners without sustaining any loss of life or serious injury. At the conclusion of the war, the battalion moved into Rafa to protect the refugee operations and remained there for over a month until it redeployed in May 1991.

This was brought with it a monumental mission for those units which remained in Germany; the protection of soldiers, families, and facilities from terrorist attack. Here also, the battalion responded magnificently and with considerable assistance from out partners in Feldjäger Battalion 760, successfully deterred any attacks.

With the drawdown of forces in Europe, the 793rd was reassigned to the 18th Military Police Brigade, V Corps on 16 March 1992. During the reorganization the battalion picked up three MP companies, lost three MP companies, and reflagged 21 platoons to arrive at its end state configuration. The reorganization permitted the battalion to realign its platoons to provide better training opportunities and enhance its deployability.

The 793rd Military Police Battalion continues to participate in an active partnership program. The participation in training, athletic and social activities has developed a close personal and professional relationship between the 793rd Military Police Battalion and the German Feldjäger Battalion 760. The partnership program is culminated annually, with a march composed of teams from both battalions from Fürth to Munich.

The Battalion currently has four line companies spread throughout Bavaria: the 212 the MP Company (Kitzingen and Giebelstadt); the 218th MP Company (Augsburg, Fürth, and Bamberg);  the 615th MP Co (Ansbach, Schwaebeisch Hall, Crailsheim, and Illesheim) and the 630th MP Co (Bamberg, Erlangen, Fürth, and Schweingurt).

The Battalion deployed to Saudi Arabia in December 1990 in support of VII Corps during Operation Desert Shield/Storm. The Battalion advanced into Iraq and Kuwait in February 1991 at the start of the ground offensive in support of the 1st Armored Division, where it conducted extensive Enemy Prisoner of War operations. In April 1991, the Battalion supervised the evacuation of thousands of refugees from Iraq to Saudi Arabia.

The Battalion was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation – DESERT SHIELD/STORM and campaign streamers – DEFENSE OF SAUDI ARABIA 1990-1991, LIBERATION AND DEFENSE OF KUWAIT 1991, and SOUTHWEST ASIA CEASE FIRE, for military operations in Southwest Asia.

The Battalion redeployed from Saudi Arabia to Germany in May 1991, and was subsequently reassigned to the 18th MP Brigade, V Corps.

The Battalion deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in December 1995 in support of Task Force Eagle (1st Armored Division) and Operation Joint Endeavor. For almost eleven months, soldiers of the Battalion performed a wide variety of missions including circulation control, area and route security operations, VIP security, and critical site security. During the Bosnian National Elections in September 1996, the Battalion provided around the clock support to nearly 200 election sites and counting houses in the Tuzla Valley. Upon the successful transfer of Military Police functions to the covering force of the 1st Infantry Division in November 1996, units of the Battalion redeployed to
Germany, bringing an end to the second major deployment of the “SPARTANS” outside of Germany since 1990.

The colors green and yellow are the colors of the Military Police Corps. The heraldic bend charged with the red torteauxs symbolizes the Battalion’s route security and circulation control mission on the famous Red Ball Highway across France, Belgium, and into Germany during World War II. The two torteaux represent campaign honors awarded for operations in World War II.

 

 

Lt. Col. Keith Oberlander, the commander of the 793rd Military Police Battalion, and Command Sgt. Maj. Rick Hodges, the battalion’s command sergeant major, case their units colors as the Spartan battalion makes its final preparations in its move to Ft. Richardson, Alaska, in May 2010. After the casing of the colors, Command Sgt. Maj. Hodges passed responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Epps.
(U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Adrienne Killingsworth, 18th Military Police Brigade, PAO)

 

Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Epps, the command sergeant major of the 793rd Military Police Battalion, is passed a sword from Lt. Col. Keith Oberlander, the battalion’s commander, as a symbol of the responsibility being passed to him from Command Sgt. Maj. Rick Hodges during a ceremony Dec. 8 at the Freedom Fitness Facility on Warner Barracks in Bamberg, Germany. The battalion also cased its colors during the ceremony in preparation for its move to Ft. Richardson, Alaska, from its current station in Bamberg.
(U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Adrienne Killingsworth, 18th Military Police Brigade, PAO)

 

Col. Thomas Evans, the commander of the 18th Military Police Brigade, speaks to the friends, family members and Soldiers in attendance at the dual Colors Casing and Change of Responsibility ceremony for the 793rd MP Battalion at the Freedom Fitness Facility on Warner Barracks in Bamberg, Germany, Dec. 8.
(U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Adrienne Killingsworth, 18th Military Police Brigade, PAO)

 

On 14 May, 2010 on Pershing Field located at Fort Richardson Alaska the famous 793rd MP Battalion was reactivated for the final time in this new US Army MP Corps realignment. The Battalion colors, having been brought from Germany where the unit was last stationed were brought on to the field and uncased to great fan fare!

 

Arrival of the 793rd MP Bn Colors in Alaska. The Soldier represents the era when

the Battalion was first activated, WW II.

 

 

 

 

The Uncasing and Activation of the 793rd MP Bn at Fort Richardson, Alaska.

Col Barry Williams, CDR 3rd MEB, LTC David Oberlander, CDR 793rd MP Bn, and CSM Richard Epps, CSM 793rd MP Bn.

 

 

 

Battalion COmmand Team with new Unit Guidons.

 

 

 

The 793rd MP Bn on Line for the ceremony. The 472nd and 545th MP Company's are

represented by the cased guidons and are currently deployed to Irag.

 

 

 

The 793rd Military Police Battalion, home in Alaska.

 

 

 

 

The 793rd Military Police Battalion, Artic Spartans, 14 May 2010.

 

 

 

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Sam Reinert
CPT MP USAR (Ret)
Founder
545th Military Police Company Association
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Richmond, Indiana 47374 USA
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