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Salisbury Prepares To Welcome Home 290th MP Company

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SALISBURY, Md. - On Saturday, approximately 90 members of the 290th Military Police Company with the Maryland National Guard will be coming home. The soldiers finished up a deployment in Afghanistan earlier this month supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Since their return, they have been spending time at Fort Bliss in Texas.

The soldiers are part of the Parksville, MD armory, but officials tell us 18 of those soldiers are from the Eastern Shore. They will be escorted to the Salisbury Armory Saturday afternoon. If you want to come out to show your support and welcome them home, you are encouraged to arrive between 3PM and 3:30PM and to stand along the decorated fence at the armory.

The unit was deployed to Bagram Airfield working with the NATO lead International Security Assistance Force to help grow the capacity and capability of the Afghan National Security Forces in order to provide a secure environment for the people of Afghanistan. This will conclude the unit's fourth deployment since 9/11.

A little history: On September 11th 2001, the 290th Military Police Company was alerted in response to the terrorist attacks on our nation and on Sep. 12, 2001, the unit reported to the Pentagon in support of rescue and recovery operations.  The 290th was ordered into active Federal service to support Operation Noble Eagle through September 2002, by temporarily providing law enforcement on Fort Stewart, and then returning to the Pentagon to provide force protection. The 290th was next ordered into active Federal service July 10, 2003, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Soldiers from the 290th provided force protection for several locations throughout Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and Pakistan, and also provided convoy security and presence patrols for activities in, and around, Kabul.  The 290th was again ordered into active Federal service October 23, 2007, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Soldiers from the 290th operated a refugee camp in Ashraf, Iraq and conducted detention operations at Camp Cropper, Iraq.

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