• 526th MP Co. celebrates 70 years of service

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    Soldiers from the 526th Military Police Company celebrated the company’s 70th anniversary with a ceremony and cake cutting May 7 at the 526th’s company operations facility.
    “We’re celebrating excellence in the field,” said Sgt. Evan Rochotzke, 526th MP Company, 40th Military Police Battalion (Detention).
    The 526th MP Company traces its lineage 100 years to the 221st MP Company, which served in both world wars. The 221st was deactivated in 1919 at Fort Lee, Va., and reactivated in 1942 to serve in the Pacific Theater of World War II. The company provided port security in Boston, Guadalcanal, Luzon and Osaka, Japan.
    The unit was re-designated as the 526th MP Company on May 6, 1948.
    Since becoming 526th, the company served at several sites in Germany, including Hesse and Berlin, before being deactivated again in 1951 and being reactivated for a short time at Fort Meade, Md. In 1981, the unit was deactivated a third time, “due to Armywide downsizing and consolidation,” Rochotzke said.
    In 2005, the company was reactivated and took over operations from Company C, 705th MP Battalion (Detention) at Fort Leavenworth.
    “The organization now provides correctional force support and emergency response to the United States Disciplinary Barracks … and conducts theater strategic definition operations in support of unified land operations,” Rochotzke said.
    During its years of operation, the 526th MP Company has received the Army Superior Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation and a streamer for actions in Luzon in support of Operation Aztec.
    “The 526th has fulfilled every role imaginable for an MP unit on a vast array of ever evolving battlefields,” Rochotzke said.
    “This seems as appropriate a moment as any to give thanks for the generations of soldiers and their families who gave their time, energy and love to make this organization what it is today,” he said. “In gratitude and humility, we look forward to another 70 years of service and beyond.”
    Capt. Timothy Brincks, 526th Company commander, said when he researched the company’s history, he was most intrigued by the time in Germany calling it a “critically important time” because it was in the years following World War II.
    “Central to the stability of a chaotic nation was the military police soldier,” Brincks said.
    Brincks said the military police soldiers were able to bring that stability back, quoting a paragraph in the “Trooper Handbook,” which he said still resonates with the company’s current mission.
    “The policeman, more than any other public official or private citizen, is closest to the daily lives of the people. He represents the law and dignity of the government he serves. He understands people and the everyday problems of human life and sympathizes with them. Yet he must be strict and fair. How he conducts himself has a great bearing on how the average citizen respects the law and the government, city, state or nation as the case may be,” Brincks quoted from the handbook.
    Page 2 of 2 - “These soldiers continue a legacy of professionalism that represents what we stand for as military police correctional specialists,” he said. “(They) may be a small part of the overall 70-year history of the 526th (MP) Company, but the strategic impact and professionalism of these corrections specialists and numerous support (military occupational specialties), have no doubt left a positive mark within Enforcer history.”
    Brincks said there was one thing he wanted the company soldiers to remember.
    “To all the Enforcers, know that you are not the first soldiers of the 526th (MP) Company, nor will you be the last,” he said. “This is where we mark our spot in history, this is where we form a cohesive team, and this is where we build lifelong friendships.”
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