Spartans embody ‘Achievement with Honor’

Story and photo by Spc. Adrienne Killingsworth
18th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs

BAMBERG, Germany — As the 793rd Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, prepares for its upcoming move to Alaska, it took some time out from getting ready to recognize the accomplishments of its Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, which recently returned to Germany from a 15-month tour in Iraq.

Soldiers, friends and family members gathered at an uncasing ceremony Aug. 14 on Summerall Field in Bamberg, Germany, to reflect on the challenges and achievements of the detachment during its tour while also uncasing the colors, which formally symbolized its return to Germany and the initiation of operations in preparation for future missions, said Lt. Col. Michael Blahovec, 793rd MP Bn. commander.

While the unit will be casing its colors again in the coming weeks when it leaves Germany, the uncasing was an opportunity for Lieutenant Colonel Blahovec to recognize “an absolutely amazing performance by an exceptional group of professionals,” he said.

During its tour in Iraq, the HHD “Spartans” supported and resourced units dispersed from Baghdad to Basra while establishing and executing Police Transition Team operations.

Living up to its motto of “Achievement with Honor,” the success of the unit while deployed was due to the hard work and sacrifice of not only its Soldiers, but also the support of the rear detachment and families back in Germany, Lieutenant Colonel Blahovec said.

“There is no way to measure the impact of the love and support of a family on the morale and well-being of a deployed Soldier,” he said. “All I can say is thanks. Thanks again for all that all of you did for your Soldier and this unit. Your impact was tremendous and greatly appreciated.”

The 793rd MP Bn. will stand up its colors at Fort Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, next month.