JEFFERSON CITY - The 1137th Military Police Company has been mobilized to support peacekeeping operations in Kosovo. Soldiers from Kennett, Jefferson Barracks and Fulton will report to armories on March 1.
"We admire the courage and commitment of these soldiers and wish them a safe return," said Gov. Bob Holden.
Under the command of Capt. Larry Crowder and 1st Sgt. William Murphy, the 171 soldiers will likely serve 179 days in Kosovo on Operation Joint Guardian with additional time before and after in the United States for planning and return operations. The unit is scheduled to depart for its mobilization station of Fort Stewart, Ga., on March 3.
"The mobilization of the 1137th is just another example of the Missouri National Guard supporting the total force operations," said Brig. Gen. Dennis Shull, adjutant general for the Missouri National Guard. "We fully appreciate the commitment this deployment takes, not only from the soldiers, but also their families and employees."
The unit began as an infantry unit and reorganized in 1968 as a military police company. Its mission will include law enforcement duties, traffic control and security of an operation area.
In 1995, the 1137th mobilized for federal active duty and deployed to Germany during Operation Joint Endeavor. During the 1993 flood, the unit served on state emergency duty in the St. Louis area for nearly a month.
The 1137th was called to active duty in 1990 for Operation Desert Storm. The unit assisted in operation of an enemy prisoner of war camp in Saudi Arabia near the city of Hafir Al Batin.