Families, friends and fellow Soldiers gathered Sept. 1 at Monti Physical Fitness Center to bid farewell to Soldiers of 511th Military Police Company.
The unit officially marked its deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom by casing their guidon.
The company’s primary mission while deployed is police mentorship and training, where the unit will embed and partner with the local national police for a year.
“Our main goal is to train Afghanistan local police to a level of proficiency where they can operate on their own,” said 1st. Sgt. Joel Zecca, senior enlisted adviser for 511th MP Company.
“We have the best MP company in the Army and some of the best already combat-tested leaders,” Zecca said.
This will mark the company’s fifth combat deployment since the beginning of the global war on terrorism to include one previous deployment to Afghanistan and three tours to Iraq.
“This 511th MP Company has a glorious combat-tested history,” Zecca added.
The unit began preparing for the deployment by ensuring every Soldier was trained where they then moved up to squad-level training and certification. Training included working with 10th Combat Aviation Brigade to load aircraft, as well as lanes certification.
Once the unit was ready, Soldiers packed up all their gear and attended a two-week training exercise ran by 91st Military Battalion Headquarters, where the company tested on every possible scenario they may encounter while deployed, to include complex and dynamic attacks, several shoot / don’t shoot scenarios and crowd control training.
“We got some of the best and brightest that America has to offer in this company and best-trained warrior police the Army has to offer,” Zecca added.
Spc. Josue Gomez, a military policeman who deployed with the company on its last tour, said he is ready to deploy and hopes to build a good relationship with the Afghan police.
“We are a tight group that works well together, and I know that we will do a good job and hope to bring everyone back home,” Gomez said.
“The bottom line is we are 100-percent ready. We are trained and ready to accomplish the mission,” Zecca said.