The 18th Military Police Brigade: 10 Cool Facts


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.

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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 WarCounter-offensive, Phase II1966–1967
Vietnam WarCounter-offensive, Phase III1967–1968
Vietnam WarTet Counter-offensive1968
Vietnam WarCounter-offensive, Phase IV1968
Vietnam WarCounter-offensive, Phase V1968
Vietnam WarCounter-offensive, Phase VI1968–1969
Vietnam WarTet 69/Counter-offensive1969
Vietnam WarSummer–Fall 19691969
Vietnam WarWinter–Spring 19701970
Vietnam WarSanctuary Counter-offensive1970
Vietnam WarCounter-offensive, Phase VII1970–1971
Vietnam WarConsolidation I1970
Vietnam WarConsolidation II1971
Vietnam WarCease Fire1973
Operation Iraqi FreedomIraq2003–2004
Operation Iraqi FreedomIraq2007–2008
Operation Enduring FreedomAfghanistan2008–2009
Operation Enduring FreedomAfghanistan2013–2014


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.

chuck holmes

Chuck Holmes
Former Army Major (resigned)

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7 thoughts on “The 18th Military Police Brigade: 10 Cool Facts”

  1. I served with the 18th Military Police Brigade Headquarters in Long Binh September 1967-September 1968. During TET Offensivd

  2. Many people don’t know this about “B” Company of the 720th MP Battalion of the 18th MP Brigade, but between October 20, 1967 and July 25, 1979, we performed combat and reconnaissance duties, and related combat duties, with direct engagement with enemy Viet Cong and NVA forces within a 22 square mile tactical area of responsibility during the Vietnam war. We were the only MP unit in the history of the MP Corp that has ever been assigned to direct combat enemy engagement as infantry, but without the 11B Infantry MOS or training.

    They called us the “Bushwhackers.” We operated under the campaign titles of “Operation Corral” and “Operation Stabilize.”

    Over 500 of us were assigned to Ambush and Reconnaissance teams, squads, and platoons, directed to spend 6-12 days and nights in the field, setting up ambushes and destroying Viet Cong and NVA incursions.

    We traversed the swamplands and jungles on daily sweeps, day and night. We were often accompanied by 212th MP sentry/scout dog teams. We also patrolled the waterways of the Dong Nai and Buong rivers in PBRs and Boston Whaler watercraft.

    We provided security for MedCap Ops and Civic Action Programs in the various hamlets abs villages in our TAOR.

    We provided fire support when called upon, while simultaneously patrolling in the muck and mud and infested jungles of the TAOR.

    Our efforts have been chronicled in such publications as:

    “Soldiers of the Gauntlet” (Berryman and Truckey)

    “History of the 720th MP Battalion, Operation Stabilize Book 2” (Watson)

    “Up Close and Personal In-Country, Chieu Hoi, Vietnam (Bogison).

    We were even mentioned in an episode of the television crime show “Bones. “

    But we have, for the most part, gone unknown and unrecognized. Even the Army failed to recognize what we did, and continues to do so today.

    We were assigned to do a job that we weren’t trained or adequately prepared for. We did so for love of country and love of the Corp. But no official recognition at all.

    A few of us, that are still alive after all these years, have been fighting to be recognized by the Combat Action Badge (CAB), but have yet to succeed.

    Yes, we are the forgotten and unacknowledged “Bushwhackers” of “B” Company of the 720th MP Bn.

    This was our story.

    On behalf of all 500 of us,

    Steve Aurilio
    “B” Co. 720th MP Bn.

  3. I served with the 2nd Platoon, 564th MP Co., 709th MP Bn., 18th MP Brigade, from 1986 to 1092. I served with some of the finest men and women our nation has to offer. I was honored to be a part of such a great heritage.

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