MPs get ‘tee’d off
Sgt. Erik Thurman,
15th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs:
Military police officers, family members and other professionals associated with the MP Corps from across Team Bliss participated in the Military Police Corps Anniversary Week held across the Army Sept. 24 through 28, with local festivities hosted by the 93rd Military Police Battalion.
This year marks the 71st anniversary of the Military Police Corps, which attained a permanent status Sept. 26, 1941, though the military police draw their heritage back more than two centuries to the Continental Army. In 1778, Gen. George Washington assigned the formation of the Marechaussee Corps after it’s authorization by Congress, which eventually evolved into the Military Police Corps as it is known today.
The local celebration involved golfing at Underwood Golf Complex Sept. 24. Golf carts whined with battery power as they rolled over fallen leaves on the cart paths.
“We are trying to start off the week on a good note,” said Staff Sgt. Manuel Vasquez, an operations sergeant with the 72nd Military Police Detachment, 93rd MP Bn.
The 93rd MP Bn. made it a point to find creative ways to raise money to fund the week’s festivities. Vasquez explained that the point of the golf tournament was to raise money to help alleviate some of the admission costs for Soldiers in the ranks of private through specialist who were planning to attend the anniversary ball to be held later in the week.
Leaders within the military police community purchased golf tickets from the Underwood Golf Complex in order to participate in the event. The golf course is a Morale, Welfare and Recreation facility, which is designed to provide Soldiers with entertainment and leisure in order to ease the stressors that sometimes come with military life. An additional charge was placed on top that original price, which in turn was used to lower the cost of anniversary ball tickets.
“I think Soldiers need an opportunity to get stuff off their minds,” said Vasquez. “For us as MPs we find ourselves working day shifts, mid-shifts and swing shifts. And of course we’ve got deployments and NTC (National Training Center) rotations … so the year is pretty busy. For the chain of command to find a solid week for everyone to let their hair down and enjoy themselves; that’s definitely important. And we had a really good turnout.”
“This week’s activities are designed to recognize military police support to Team Bliss and allow our military police the opportunity to relax and step back from the 52-week, 365-day a year job of protecting the Soldiers, families and civilians of Fort Bliss,” said Lt. Col. Richard Ball, commander of the 93rd MP Bn.
In the days to follow, the events continued with an organizational day, humorously renamed “The Pig Bowl,” a family fun-run before finally closing with an anniversary ball held at El Paso’s Camino Real Hotel Sept 27.
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