CAMP EDWARDS, Mass.
– Soldiers from the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 211th Military Police Battalion, and the 772nd, 972nd and 747th Military Police Companies received awards here on June 13, 2013 for their exemplary service during Hurricane Sandy and the Boston Marathon bombing.
In October 2012, a 900-mile wide super storm known as Hurricane Sandy hit the entire Northeastern United States. After responding to effected areas of Massachusetts, an urgent call for help came from the people of New York. The 211th, 772nd and 747th responded instantly and deployed 110 Soldiers without hesitation. They traveled 500 miles, handing out more than 2100 blankets, 8900 cases of water and other items that were needed. Their dedication to selfless service and quick response ensured that the communities of Long Island were not without care in their time of need.
“You saluted and conducted your mission with the resources at hand,” said Col. Francis Magurn, Commander of the 26th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. “I’m here to say thank you for your contribution to the legacy of your battalion and the brigade. Job well done.”
The Soldiers were also recognized for their support to local law enforcement agencies during the Boston Marathon bombing. Immediately, 300 Soldiers of the 772nd responded. The Soldiers formed a cordon around the crime scene and helped provide a comprehensive security presence to protect the people of Boston.
When the terrorists later appeared in Watertown, the Soldiers were called upon once again.
“Soldiers of the 747th Military Police Company responded swiftly to Watertown to provide crucial protection with their up-armored Humvees to civilian law enforcement officers conducting this dangerous search,” said Cpt. Patrick Mcnamara, 211th Military Police Battalion. “They bravely stood their ground, shoulder to shoulder with their brother and sisters of civilian law enforcement to protect the citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. All of these Soldiers truly embodied the military police core motto of ‘assist, protect, defend.’”“Thank you MP’s for all you do. Thank you for being today’s Minutemen,” said Brig. Gen. Paul G. Smith, land component commander of the Massachusetts National Guard. “When the commonwealth has been in trouble, we’ve called you, and you’ve stood tall.”