Oct. 21, 2009

Virginia Beach-based military police company begins duty in Iraq

By Maj. Cotton Puryear
Virginia Guard Public Affairs

RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Virginia Beach-based 229th Military Police Company, 91st Troop Command officially began its mission in Iraq with a transfer of authority ceremony conducted Oct. 19 at Camp Liberty with the Tennessee National Guard’s 267th Military Police Company. During its train up prior to arriving in Iraq, the company received a change of mission and is now assigned to the 49th Military Police Brigade to provide support to full-spectrum military police operations. The company is currently specializing in providing protective service details.

  229th Military Police Company

Capt. David O. Sutton and 1st Sgt. Allan Fitchett, commander and first sergeant for the 229th Military Police Company, uncase the company guidon during the unit's transfer of authority ceremony Oct. 19 at Camp Liberty, Iraq. (Photo courtesy of the 229th Military Police Company)

“The Soldiers are excited about the mission and the new equipment,” said Capt. David O. Sutton, command of the 229th. “The living conditions are great and so is the food.”

Sutton said the unit received its change of mission orders and trained in Kuwait prior to arriving in Iraq. All of the Soldiers took part in the courses on advanced close quarter battle marksmanship, emergency driving procedures, battle drills and took part in a live-fire practical exercise.

For security reasons Sutton could not elaborate on who the Soldiers of the 229th are protecting and where they are conducting their missions. Those Soldiers not on mission conduct daily training in order to prepare for future operations.

The 229th Military Police Company established a Facebook page to help keep family and friends up to date on the unit’s activities. Here is the link:

Approximately 150 Soldiers of the 229th began serving on active federal duty with a formal departure ceremony held Aug. 3 in Virginia Beach and conducted mobilization training at Fort Dix. The unit deployed to Iraq from 2003 to 2004, and also supported hurricane relief efforts in Louisiana in 2005.

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