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Military Police

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Information extracted from the book
by Barry Jason Stein
Used by permission

290th MP Bde patch
290th MP Bde

Worn from:  18 April 1972 - 15 October 1985.

The circular embattled central area indicates prisoner-of-war camps and military security facilities whose operations are commanded, planned, and supervised by the brigade.  The interior area also simulates the sun, symbolic of the dissemination of knowledge, and refers to the subordinate prisoner of war/civilian internee information center.  The partisans, medieval weapons associated with guards, denote that the guards both provided for prisoners in confinement and for the security of military installations and facilities.  The partisans are crossed to suggest control of the entrance and exit involved in the reception, search, and processing functions.  Additionally, the two partisans, the nine sides of the nonagon, and the circular center representing zero allude to the numerical designa - tion of the brigade.

300th MP Cmd patch
300th MP Cmd

Worn from:  18 December 1969 - 8 January 1988.

Re-designated:  300th Military Police Command.  Worn from:  8 January 1988 - Current.

The key is symbolic of authority, command, control, fidelity, and warden-ship.  The double bits refer to the evacuation and processing of prisoners of war and/or civilian internees from field-army areas to prisoner-of-war camps.  The stem of the key in simulating the letter "I" also alludes to investigation, interrogation, and internment.  The three prongs of the bits and the three foils of the bow refer to the organization's mission of providing command, administration, and logistical assistance to prisoner-of-war camps.  The open or pierced foils of the bow simulate the letter "C" (the roman numeral one hundred), thus the three foils signify 300, the numerical designation of the command.  The end of the key stem is pointed to denote the ability of the elements of the organization to engage in effective, coordinated defense of the unit's area or installation.

800th MP Bde patch
800th MP Bde

Worn from:  8 April 1985 - Current.

The ax-head shape of the insignia symbolizes authority and security.  The oak leaf is a reference to the oak trees at Fort Ord, California, where the unit was first activated.  The sword symbolizes duty, military strength, and law enforcement.

Campaigns:  World War II (New Guinea, Luzon), Armed Forces Expeditions (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait).

USA MP Cmd Panama patch

Worn from:  6 October 1994 - Current.

Green and yellow are the colors traditionally associated with military police organizations.  The upright sword symbolizes the unit's total military readiness.  The chevrons simulate arrows that form a narrow ap- erture through which the sword passes, alluding to the Panama Canal.  The chevrons also symbolize support and the unit's mission within the United States Army South.

1139th MP Co patch
1139th MP Co

Worn from: 
21 September 1994 - Current.

Approved for local wear only.

military police cross pistols

military police cross pistols

military police cross pistols