JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Approximately 200 Soldiers assigned to the 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade, will return from a year-long Afghanistan deployment and be reunited with family and friends during redeployment ceremonies this week at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
On Thursday, June 16, more than 140 Soldiers assigned to the 170th Military Police Company, 504th Military Police Battalion, will be welcomed home during a ceremony at Soldiers Field House. On Friday, June 17 (10 am), a ceremony where more than 60 Soldiers assigned to the 504th Military Police Battalion headquarters, 42nd Military Police Brigade, will be welcomed home at Soldiers Field House on JBLM Lewis-Main.
The 504th Military Police Battalion Headquarters and the 170th MP Company deployed in June 2010 to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The battalion was assigned to Task Force Kandahar to execute the mission of conducting police mentorship training to provide security to the population of Kandahar City, enhance the capabilities of the Afghan National Police, and to support local government leaders.
During parliamentary elections in September 2010, the battalion supported Afghan Police traffic control posts, checkpoints, and conducted joint mounted and dismounted patrols throughout the city to limit enemy freedom of movement during the elections. In addition to improving security in the city, the 504th MP Battalion also provided humanitarian assistance support to meet local needs. A total of 29 schools were refurbished with wood-burning stoves, windows, furniture, plumbing, and classroom equipment. These upgrades allowed thousands of children to continue to attend school through the winter months.