Arctic Military Police
12, 2008 at 1400 HRS on Pershing Field, at Fort Richardson,
Alaska and to the strains of the cavalry song Garry Owen (played
by the post band) the famed 545th Military Police
Company was reactivated as per DA Permanent Order APOP 37-10.
Sadly the unit is no longer with the 1st Cavalry
Division as that is where the units heritage lies, but the new
assignment to the Arctic Military Police Battalion (Provisional)
is a good one and we are proud to serve in this great battalion.
The unit is commanded by LTC Howard Hunt who is a very
professional MP Officer.
the Cavalry traditions of the 545th MP Co, the
Provost Marshal General, BG Rodney L. Johnson and the Provost
Command Sergeant Major, CSM Freddie L.T. Brock who are both
veterans of the unit and also members of the unit association
were present at the ceremony wearing their Stetsons. It
was a beautiful day for a ceremony with clear blue skies and a
temperature of about 65 degrees. I discovered that many of
the members of this unit are veterans of the old cavalry 545th
at Ft Hood, Texas so I feel positive that the cavalry traditions
will be continued as in the past.
The Arctic Military Police Battalion
(Provisional) was established on 30 October 2003 to answer the
need for a Battalion Level Headquarters for Military Police
units in USARAK. The Battalion consists of the 164th
Military Police Company, the 28th Military Police
Detachment, the 190th MP Company Montana National
Guard (January 2005 through March of 2006), DA Police and the
Chenega Security Guard Force.
Since its establishment the Battalion has
been instrumental in providing quality trained Military
Policemen and women in support of the Global War on Terrorism
and Law Enforcement Operations at USARAK installations.
The Battalion has deployed the 164th
Military Police Company to Afghanistan in support of Operation
Enduring Freedom. The Battalion has deployed elements of
the 28th Military
Police Detachment in support both Operations Iraqi and Enduring
Freedom. The Battalion also deployed individual Officers
in support of the Global War on Terror to locations in Eritrea,
Ethiopia, Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan. In support
of the Global War on Terrorism, Battalion Soldiers have been
awarded 10 Bronze Stars, 5 MSMs, 103 ARCOMS, 3 Purple Hearts,
and 61 Combat Action.
The Battalion has overseen both the establishment
of the DA Police Program as well as the implementation of the
Chenega Guards Security Force. The DA Police Program was
activated in March of 2005 providing over 34 DA police to
perform duties at Forts Richardson, Wainright and Greely.
The DA Police Program has been critical in providing effective
law enforcement operations on USARAK installations, and their
presence has allowed the Military Police Forces in USARAK to
deploy in support of the Global War on Terror.
Currently the Battalion is undergoing
transformation in the unit structure; temporary adding a new MP
Company Detachment the 215th out the Puerto Rico to
subsidize 164th Military Police Company deployment.
In addition, the Battalion is fathering six companies during the
17th CSSB deployment to Iraq in support of Operation
Iraqi Freedom. The core mission to conduct continuous law and
order operations and force protection operations within U.S.
Army Alaska stays the same, however is now more diverse with the
added tenants units from transportation, maintenance, EOD,
Chemical Decon, heavy construction engineers to airborne drops
the Battalion is well able to protect all USARAK installation.
On 9 September, 2009 LTC Howard Hunt relinquished command of
the Arctic MP Battalion to LTC Oberlander with SGM Anderson and
COL Agron participating in the ceremony. We wish LTC
Oberlander the very best of luck with his new command and
remember fondly LTC Hunt who was a great supporter of our Unit
On the 14th of May, 2010 the colors of the Arctic MP
Battalion (Polar Bears) were cased for the last time Fort
Richardson Alaska and all three commanders of this unit were
present for this event. Having paved the way for the 793rd MP
Battalion to take its place, this will be the last move of MP
Battalions in the US Army under the restructuring of the
Military Police Corps.
The Arctic MP Battalion will be
remembered always as the unit that gave the 545th MP Company its
new home after it was deactivated at Fort Hood, Texas in 2005.
Deactivation of the Artic Military Police Battalion
The three Commanders of the Artic Military Police
LTC (R) Robert Reeves
LTC Howard Hunt
LTC David Oberlander
14 May 2010