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(s) Warriors
Motto(s) Always a Warrior! Always a Professional!
Colors Green and Gold
Engagements World War II
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom
Commander Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey A. Searl
Command Sergeant Major Command Sergeant Major Joshua M. Kreitzer
Past Commanders

LTC Richard H. Martin
LTC William B. Halloway
LTC Ted S. Chesney
LTC Richard A. Mosco
LTC Richard D. Miller
LTC John F. Fitzsimmons
LTC Robert N. Dillon
LTC Roger P. Hedgepeth
LTC Steven G. Yamashita

LTC Matthew R. Gragg
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 - First 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; Commander: CPT Sarah Parsons, Detachment Sergeant: SFC Kevin Barnett

92nd Military Police Company - Kaiserslautern & Baumholder; Commander: CPT Mackenzie Deal, First Sergeant: 1SG Joshua Farmer

  • 100th Military Working Dog Detachment

527th Military Police Company - Hohenfels & Ansbach; Commander: CPT Richard Steinouer, First Sergeant: 1SG Yenkhanh Doan

529th Military Police Company - Wiesbaden, Vicenza, & Darby; Commander: CPT Keith Hayes, First Sergeant: 1SG Andrew Baumgartner

  • 525th Military Working Dog Detachment

554th Military Police Company - Stuttgart; Commander: CPT Kevin Niemczyk, First Sergeant: 1SG Jason Goerl

615th Military Police Company - Grafenwoehr; Commander: CPT Timothy Lobb, First Sergeant: 1SG Michael Nash

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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