The 18th Military Police Brigade: 10 Cool Facts

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When an objective look at law enforcement is made, we would all have to admit that the police are needed to keep a measure of control. The fact that the military has its own system means that it too, needs to have law enforcement. This is why Military Police are present. Their primary job is to maintain law and order on and off bases where military personnel are present.

In today’s post, we are going to have a look at the 18th Military Police Brigade and 10 cool facts about the unit. I have performed my own research to discover some things about the 18th MP Brigade that you may not know. Scroll down and learn a little more about the 18th Military Police Brigade.

1: When the 18th Military Police Brigade were activated. The 18th was activated in 1966 and immediately dispatched to Vietnam. The 18th was in charge of all Military Police operations throughout Vietnam. They were composed of 3 subordinate commands in Vietnam. They were:

  • The 16th Military Police Group at Nha Trang

  • The 8th Military Police Group at Long Binh

  • The 89th Military Police Group at Long Binh

2: The many responsibilities of the 18th Military Police Brigade in Vietnam. The 18th was ordained with a plethora of responsibilities while they were in Vietnam. Along with basic law enforcement duties, they also:

  • Provided direct support to many combat operations

  • Evacuated Prisoners of War

  • Maintained discipline

  • Provided security at ports

  • Provided security at installations and of VIPs

  • Escorted convoys and VIPs

  • Much more

3: Military crimes the 18th Military Police Brigade had to deal with in Vietnam. While many people have thoughts in their minds of an MP hauling a drunk soldier away from a bar fight, this may have been the case from time to time, but these Military Police had many more serious crimes to deal with in Vietnam. Consider some of these figures:

  • Drug cases involving marijuana or opium. From 1965 to 1967, 1 out of every 4000 soldiers were arrested on drug cases. In 1968 that number jumped to 5 out every 1000 soldiers. In 1969 there were 8000 arrests. In 1970 the drugs seemed to be winning soldiers to their trap; there were over 11,000 arrests and in 1971 there were over 7,000 arrests for hard drugs such as opium or heroin.

  • Combat refusal cases became a common issue. This was when a soldier would refuse to follow orders. While some of the figures are not available, we do know that from 1968 to 1970 there were 330 combat refusal convictions.

  • Fragging was a serious problem in Vietnam. Fragging was another term for murder. Many “gung-ho” officers were “fragged” ending their careers and their lives. Many officers were more concerned about getting killed by their own soldiers than they were the Viet Cong. From 1969 to 1972 there were over 1,000 fragging cases.

As you can plainly see, the 18th Military Police Brigade had much more to deal with than just some drunk soldiers.

4: Deactivated and reactivated. When the 18th Military Police Brigade had completed their service in Vietnam, they were deactivated in Oakland, California in March of 1973. In August of 1985, the 18th Military Police Brigade was reactivated in Frankfurt, West Germany.

5: European based. In support of United States Army Europe, the 18th Military Police Brigade’s main base is in Grafenwoehr, Germany. This gives the advantage of rapid deployment throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

6: Balkan deployment. Because of the serious instability in the Balkans, all units under the 18th Military Police Brigade deployed. These are the subordinate commands and where they deployed to:

  • Kosovo – 793rd Military Police Battalion, 127th Military Police Company, 630th Military Police Company, 709th Military Police Battalion, 92nd Military Police Company, and the 212th Military Police Company.

  • Sarajevo, Bosnia – 92nd Military Police Company, and the 527th Military Police Company.

  • Albania – The 615th Military Police Company.

During this period, the 18th Military Police Brigade conducted Joint peacekeeping operations with forces from Russia, Greece, Jordan and Poland.

7: War on Terror. The 18th Military Police Brigade has played a substantial part in the War on Terror. They were deployed to Iraq in 2003 and created POW holding areas. They also performed security, along with performing patrols and confiscating weapons. They have also been instrumental in training Iraqi police in proper procedures.

8: Campaign streamers. The 18th Military Police Brigade has a large amount of campaign streamers to be proud of. They are:

 

Vietnam War Counter-offensive, Phase II 1966–1967
Vietnam War Counter-offensive, Phase III 1967–1968
Vietnam War Tet Counter-offensive 1968
Vietnam War Counter-offensive, Phase IV 1968
Vietnam War Counter-offensive, Phase V 1968
Vietnam War Counter-offensive, Phase VI 1968–1969
Vietnam War Tet 69/Counter-offensive 1969
Vietnam War Summer–Fall 1969 1969
Vietnam War Winter–Spring 1970 1970
Vietnam War Sanctuary Counter-offensive 1970
Vietnam War Counter-offensive, Phase VII 1970–1971
Vietnam War Consolidation I 1970
Vietnam War Consolidation II 1971
Vietnam War Cease Fire 1973
Operation Iraqi Freedom Iraq 2003–2004
Operation Iraqi Freedom Iraq 2007–2008
Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan 2008–2009
Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan 2013–2014

 

9: Current Subordinate Commands. The current units under the umbrella of the 18th Military Police Brigade are:

93rd Military Police Battalion

  • 92nd Military Police Company

  • 109th Military Police Company

  • 127th Military Police Company

709th Military Police Battalion

  • 202nd Military Police Company

  • 284th Military Police Company

  • 527th Military Police Company

  • 564th Military Police Company

There are nearly 1,500 soldiers serving within this complete Brigade.

10: Current Commander. The current Commander of the 18th Military Police Brigade is Colonel Zane Jones. Colonel Jones began his Army career in 1988. Colonel Jones has shown expertise in MP operations and duties. His leadership abilities guarantee that the 18th Military Police Brigade is at the top of their game.

Final Thoughts

The 18th Military Police Brigade has been quiet heroes for a long time. They keep the peace in military installations, and they also perform services that are highly needed.

We would like to hear from any of you that belonged to Ever Vigilant. Please tell us more about the duties and responsibilities of the Military Police.

To all of you who have served in this position…thank you.

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