2002 Battalion Time Line
~ 720th Military Police Battalion Reunion Association History Project ~
This Page Last Updated   22 December 2011
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At the start of the year the Battalion was headquartered subordinate to the 89th MP Brigade, III Corps at Fort Hood, TX.
6 January - Joint Task Force-160 The 401st MP Company (Always First) along with COL Terry Carrico, Commander 89th MP Brigade and the III Corps (FORSCOM) Provost Marshal, Fort Hood, was deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to serve as the headquarters element for Joint Task Force 160 (JTF-160), a combined force of elements of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, and Marines.
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        The mission of JTF-160 was to establish a temporary holding facility for Al Qaeda, Taliban and other detainees that come under U.S. control during the war on terrorism. JTF-160 consists primarily of military police units to include the Army Reserve’s 414th MP Company from Missouri, the National Guard’s 115th MP Company from Maryland, the Army Reserve’s 339th MP Company from Iowa and the 988th MP Company from Fort Benning, Georgia, but also includes medical, transportation, communication and other necessary logistical support units and equipment required to sustain the detention facility operation.

9 January - Operation IRONCLAD  With only two days notice the 64th MP Company (Guardians) under command of CPT Jeremy Willingham, were deployed from Fort Hood, Texas to Fort Dix, New Jersey to participate in special training for “Operation IRONCLAD” in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (Afghanistan). At the time the deployment and mission were highly classified.

        The training at Fort Dix was tailored to facilitate the security of prisoners during air transport. Their cargo was Talaban fighters captured in Afghanistan who were to be flown from Kandahar, Afghanistan, to the U.S. Naval Base holding area at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Within days the 64th found itself transporting more than 130 detainees during six flights from Afghanistan to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where they were turned over to Joint Task Force-160.

30 January - Fort Hood The 64th MP Company returned home to Fort Hood, Texas after a three week deployment under Operation IRONCLAD (9 January).

20 May, Fort Hood The 401st MP Company completed its tour at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and returned to Fort Hood, Texas. They were replaced at Guantanamo by personnel from the 43rd Military Police Brigade of the Rhode Island National Guard.

1530 Hours The aircraft transporting the 401st landed at Robert Gray Army Airfield where they were bused to Gauntlet Field, next to the 720th MP Battalion Headquarters. There they were greeted by hundreds of cheering family members, friends and fellow soldiers.

Photographs ~ Operation Enduring Freedom
Photographs ~ Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
PFC Mitchell Jeffers and SSG's Richard Sitton and SSG Chad Laws of the 401st.
SPC Kristopher Dearing of the 401st. holds his 4-month-old daughter, Faith, for the first time.
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