222nd Military Police Company Holds Mobilization Ceremony Friday Morning
HORNELL NY (02/21/2013)(readMedia)-- Members of the New York Army National Guard's 222nd Military Police Company will say goodbye to friends and family at a mobilization ceremony here on Friday, 22 February as the Soldiers prepare to leave for a deployment to Qatar.
WHO: 130 Soldiers assigned to the New York Army National Guard's 222nd Military Police Company, their friends and family members.
WHAT: Mobilization and Deployment Ceremony that will mark the Soldiers transition to federal military service as they leave for post-mobilization training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi.
WHEN: 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 (Event will last approximately 2 hours)
WHERE: New York State Armory, 100 Seneca St., Hornell NY 1484
Members of the press can get video and still imagery of Soldiers in formation and the ceremony. There will be opportunities to interview Soldiers and family members.
For access to this secure military facility members of the press must contact Major Karl Berg at 607-324-4062 ext 3341.
The 222nd Military Police Company was activated in 2005 as part of the 102nd Military Police Battalion. After standing up, the unit was immediately called to active duty to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom. While in theater, the Company performed over 1600 combat patrols in Baghdad Iraq.
Since returning from combat, the 222 MP Company has continued to distinguish itself. Soldiers from the unit have deployed with our sister units, to serve their nation in Iraq, Afghanistan, and most recently in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Hurricane Irene took the company from Hornell to Long Island, eventually ending up in Margrettsville, New York The Soldiers assisted the local community by helping the people clean up after their homes were ravished by the floods. Over 1000 miles of roads were travelled, and hours of patrols were conducted to ensure the safety and welfare for those who were affected by the storm.
Now the company has been called upon to conduct security force missions for U.S. facilities in Qatar.