709th Military Police Battalion

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709th Military Police Battalion
709 MP BN COA.jpg
Coat of Arms
Active 9 April 1942 - Present
Country United States
Branch United States Army
Type Military Police
Role Military Police
Size Battalion
Part of 18th Military Police Brigade
21st Theater Sustainment Command
Garrison/HQ Grafenwoehr, Germany
Nickname Warriors
Motto Stay Warriors!
Colors Green and Gold
Engagements World War II
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom
Commanders
Commander Lieutenant Colonel Matthew R. Gragg
Command Sergeant Major Command Sergeant Major Michael R. Weatherholt
Past Commanders

LTC Richard H. Martin
LTC William B. Halloway
LTC Ted S. Chesney
LTC Richad A. Mosco
LTC Richard D. Miller
LTC John F. Fitzsimmons
LTC Roger P. Hedgepeth

LTC Steven G. Yamashita
Insignia
Distinctive Unit Insignia 709MPBnDUI.jpg

The 709th Military Police Battalion is a United States Army Military Police unit currently located in Grafenwoehr in Germany. The unit falls under the command of the 18th Military Police Brigade, associated with 21st Theater Sustainment Command.

The 709th Military Police Battalion relocated from Hanau to Grafenwoehr in 2007.

The 709th Military Police Battalion has served with honor and distinction in the European Theater since it landed at Normandy on June 6, 1944 D-Day. Stationed in Grafenwoehr Germany as part of the "Ever Vigilant" 18th Military Police Brigade the battalion provides community law enforcement and force protection within six communities while training for future operations and contingencies in support of the 21st Theater Sustaiment Command.

Lineage and honors[edit]

  • Constituted 10 January 1942 in the Army of the United States as the 709th Military Police Battalion
  • Activated 9 April 1942 at Camp Niantic, Connecticut
  • Reorganized and redesignated 5 June 1945 as the 709th Military Police Service Battalion
  • Reorganized and redesignated 18 September 1951 as the 709th Military Police Battalion and allotted to the Regular Army
  • Companies A, B, and C inactivated 21 October 1977 in Germany

HHD 709th MP Bn Campaign participation[edit]

  • World War II:
    • Northern France
  • Peace Keeping:
    • Operation Provide Comfort
    • Operation Provide Promise Kosovo & Bosnia
  • GWOT:
    • Iraq - 1st Military Police Battalion to cross into Iraq
    • Afghanistan
  • HHD 709th MP Bn Unit Decorations
    • Valorous Unit Award for IRAQ 2003-2004
    • Army Superior Unit Award for 1995–1996

Subordinate units[edit]

HHD 709th Military Police Battalion - Grafenwoehr

527th Military Police Company - Hohenfels & Ansbach

615th Military Police Company - Grafenwoehr & Vilseck

630th Military Police Company - Bamberg & Schweinfurt(Inactivating)

92nd Military Police Company - Sembach & Baumholder

  • 100th Military Working Dog Detachment

529th Military Police Company - Wiesbaden

  • 525th Military Working Dog Detachment

554th Military Police Company - Stuttgart

Command group[edit]

Unit decorations[edit]

Ribbon Award Year Notes
Valorous Unit Award ribbon.svg Valorous Unit Award 2003 – 2004 For service in Iraq
Army Superior Unit Award ribbon.svg Superior Unit Award 1995 – 1996

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