89th Military Police Brigade History

     The 89th Military Police Brigade is a combat ready, deployable Military Police force assigned to the United States Army Third Armored Corps "Phantom Warriors".  The Brigade stand ready in support of FORSCOM and III Corps. 

The Brigades primary mission is to support III Corps as a subordinate command in peace and war.  During peacetime, the Brigade is responsible for 24-hour continuous law enforcement and security support to the major military installations and communities of Iii Corps encompassing Fort Bliss, Fort Carson, Fort Hood and Fort Riley. The 89th MP Brigade and its subordinate units are prepared, if called, to support other major headquarters for contingency missions on a worldwide basis.  

      From the onset of Post -911 overseas contingency operations, elements of the brigade have been continuously deployed executing combat support law enforcement support, personal security missions and military working dog support to All the Geographic Combatant Commands throughout the Globe.  During peacetime operations, the brigade provides daily law enforcement support and community assistance to the soldiers, civilian workforce, families and visitors to III Corps Instillations. This support is a combined effort between the military and civilian workforce. 

     The brigade is composed of four combat support military police battalions at several locations.  Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 89th  Military Police Brigade and the 720th Military Police Battalion are all located at Fort Hood, TX.  The 93d Military Police Battalion is also located in Texas at Fort Bliss.  The97th Military Police Battalion is located at Fort Riley, KS and the 759th Military Police Battalion is located at Fort Carson, CO.  Under the 89th MP Brigade's Training and Readiness Authority, these units conduct Police Detention and Security and Mobility Support Operations in support of FORSCOM and III Corps.

      The Brigade leadership serves as both Brigade and Battalion commanders as well as the Director of Emergency Services or Provost Marshall at their installations.  This support includes criminal investigations, traffic enforcement and accident investigation, community education, crime prevention, physical security, support to U.S. Customs, Special Reaction Team, confinement and prisoner escort, police patrols, police reports and records and military working dog operations.

      The 89th MP Brigade is a proud organization with a long history. The Brigade was constitutes in the Regular Army as the 89th Military Police Group on 19 FEB 1966 and activated on 15 MAR 1966 in the Republic of Vietnam.  The mission of the 89th MP Group was to provide general MP support for the III and IV Corps Tactical Zones. With the removal of US forces from Vietnam, the organization was inactivated on 21 DEC 1971. On 13 SEP 1972 the unit was activated at Fort Lewis, Washington. The 89th Military Police Group was designed to command and control the operations of three to five MP Battalions and other assigned or attached units. Additionally, it provided a Provost Marshal Staff Section to the Corps headquarters when assigned as the senior military police organization.

     The 89th Military Police Group remained at Fort Lewis until 21 FEB 1976 when the colors were transferred to Fort Hood, Texas. On 16 JUL 1981 the 89th Military Police Group was reorganized as the 89th Military Police Brigade.

      The 89th Military Police Brigade has deployed around the world in support of US Army missions everywhere, whether during war or humanitarian service.  The soldiers of the 89th MP Brigade have found themselves supporting operations in Honduras, Panama, Cuba, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Virgin Islands, Bosnia, Hungary, Romania, Kuwait, Qatar, Iraq, Afghanistan, Horn of Africa, and Guantanamo Bay Cuba.  The HHC 89th Military Police Brigade has supported Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom earning three Meritorious Unit Citations for OIF in 2004, 2006-2007 and 2009-2010.

 

 

Lineage And Honors Information

 

HEADQUARTERS AND HEADQUARTERS COMPANY 89th MILITARY POLICE BRIGADE


Constituted 19 February 1966 in the Regular Army as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 89th Military Police Group
Activated 15 March 1966 in Vietnam
Inactivated 21 December 1971 at Fort Lewis, Washington
Activated 13 September 1972 at Fort Lewis, Washington
Reorganized and redesignated 16 July 1981 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 89th Military Police Brigade

CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT

Vietnam
Counteroffensive
Counteroffensive, Phase II
Counteroffensive, Phase III
Tet Counteroffensive
Counteroffensive, Phase IV
Counteroffensive, Phase V
Counteroffensive, Phase VI
Tet 69/Counteroffensive
Summer-Fall 1969
Winter-Spring 1970
Sanctuary Counteroffensive
Counteroffensive, Phase VII
Consolidation I
Consolidation II
Southwest Asia
Defense of Saudi Arabia
Liberation and Defense of Kuwait
Cease-Fire
War on Terrorism
Campaigns to be determined

DECORATIONS

Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1967-1968 
Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ 2004
Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ 2006-2007
Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ 2009-2010
Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1966-1971

BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY: 

PETER D. CREAN
COL, LG
Director, Center of Military History

 

Heraldry

 

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia

Heraldry Image - Combat Service Identification Badge
Description
On a disc 3 inches (7.62 cm) in diameter, within a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) yellow border, nine vertical alternating green and yellow stripes and centered thereon a scarlet eight-pointed star, bearing at center overall a white sword point up surmounted by a yellow dragon’s head. 
Symbolism
Yellow and green are the colors associated with Military Police. The star is symbolic of courage and law enforcement. The eight points and the nine stripes suggest the unit’s numerical designation. The sword represents military justice, law and order. The dragon represents authority and guardianship and alludes to the unit’s activation in the Republic of Vietnam.
Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 20 October 1981. (TIOH Drawing Number A-1-671) 

Combat Service Identification Badge

Description
A gold color metal and enamel device 2 inches (5.08 cm) in diameter consisting of a design similar to the shoulder sleeve insignia. 

Distinctive Unit Insignia

 

Description
A gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in height overall consisting of a green oriental dragon’s head grasping in its mouth a stalk of gold bamboo fired a red flame at both ends and supporting an arched black scroll bearing the inscription “PROVEN IN BATTLE” in gold letters. 
Symbolism
Gold and green are the colors used for the Military Police. The dragon, a fierce adversary, is the heraldic symbol for defender of the lawful leader, and denotes Vietnam, where the unit was activated. The black scroll represents law, jurisdiction and jurisprudence, and the flames allude to the unit’s many combat engagements. 
Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 89th Military Police Group on 4 October 1968. It was redesignated for the 89th Military Police Brigade on 20 October 1981.