860th MP Detachment:
I was a member of the 860th from Oct 1986 until Dec 1989 when I was promoted from SSG E-6 (Chief of Correctional Services) to SFC (Asst Operations NCO - S3) at the MP Troop Command. At that time it was located at the Roosevelt Armory. MP Troop Command later moved to the Glendale Armory.
The 860th MP Detachment (Confinement Facility) was located at the Van Buren Armory (Van Buren and Grand/7th Ave). It was never a company but had two platoons.
The Cdr was a CPT and the XO was a LT. There was one SFC Provost Sergeant and the rest of the members were SSG on down. All together we were authorized 48 positions, but were always overstrength (at about 54). Everyone loved the unit and no one ever wanted to leave. Most MP members were correctional professionals (federal, state and county).
Annual Training in 1986 was at Ft Lewis, WA; 1987 at Ft Sill, OK; 1988 at Ft Huachuca (where we were the OPFOR for Operation Golden Sword), and 1989 at Ft Ord, CA.
The first platoon was a HQ Plt with support personnel and the second platoon was the MP Plt which comprised the guard force.
The CDR's during my tenure were CPT Barbara Futrell and CPT Michael I. Ball. Provost Sergeants were SFC Jerry Lutz and SFC Kathy Yturralde. Field First Sgts were SSG Brian Hoyt and myself before I was promoted out.
Michael A. Rovedo
6402 RTU (Intel)
In 1990 the 860th Military Police Detachment was disbanded along with the 852nd and became part of the 855th Military Police Company.
During Iraqi Freedom the 860th Military Police Company was reassembled as a Combat Military Police Company. The Company was stood up 6 February 2004.
Soldiers from the 860th Military Police Company served in
The 860th supported the Iraqi Police through policing operations for three police districts in
The 860th performed over 2,500 combat missions and were involved with multiple engagements with the enemy. The unit was awarded 10 Bronze Star Medals, 17 Army Commendation Medals with Valor, 156 Army Commendation Medals, 136 Combat Action Badges, 36 Purple Heart Medals, and 30 wounded in action.
The 860th MP Company was on call to provide support for the 2008 SuperBowl in Glendale, Arizona.
The 860th was attached to the 13th MP Company in Vicenza, Italy for two rotations of Law and Order support for its 2008 Annual Training.
Soldiers of the 860th MP Company support the Arizona guard full time in various capacities. The 860th has provided many Soldiers in support of Operation Jumpstart, the Southwest Border mission .
Military Police History
The Military Police Corps is one of the youngest branches of the United States Army. It was officially established on 26 September 1941. It's traditions of duty and service are unsurpassed in our armed services. Soldiers have been performing police duties from the time of the Revolutionary War, when these duties were assigned mainly to a mounted police force called the "troops of the Marechaussee". Soldiers as the Veteran's Reserve Corps and Provost Corps performed military police duties during the Civil War. MPs served with distinction in the Spanish American War, WWI, WWII, the Korean Conflict, and in Vietnam. As a result of their distinguished service in Vietnam, the Military Police Corps was designated a combat support and service of the Army on 14 October 1968.
Since Vietnam, the versatility of the Military Police Corps has made it a "Force of Choice" for use in Low Intensity Conflicts and Operations Other Than War in which our nation has been involved, such as Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada and Just Cause in Panama. During Operations Desert Shield and Storm, the Military Police provided Area Security, conducted Battlefield Circulation Control, and exercised custody over thousands of Iraqi prisoners.
Since 1991, the Military Police have assisted in restoring hope to Somalia and upholding democracy in Haiti. Military Police are maintaining order in war-torn Bosnia, as well as conducting patrols, operating checkpoints, and conducting investigations in an effort to keep the peace in Kosovo. At home, they have been busy providing disaster relief, quelling prison unrest, and combating urban riots while still fulfilling their fundamental function of maintaining discipline and security within the Army. The Military Police Corps has been a very busy organization during the fifty-seven years of its existence, and as one of the most deployed branches of the service, it appears that it will remain so for the foreseeable future. The Military Police Corps is indeed a "21st Century Force on the Move".