Guard Troops Returning Home

HARTFORD, Conn., – Maj. Gen. Thaddeus J. Martin, Adjutant General and Commander of the Connecticut National Guard, announces that approximately 120 Soldiers of the 143rd Military Police Company (MP) of West Hartford will return to Connecticut from Afghanistan on Wednesday.

The unit will arrive at the Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby, via two commercial aircraft at approximately 3 p.m.

While in Afghanistan, the 143rd MP Company provided a police combined action team, worked alongside the Afghan Uniformed Police (AUP), provided law and order, maneuver and mobility support, area security and police intelligence operations.

The 143rd MP Company mobilized and deployed in 2003 to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and was awarded the Department of the Army Valorous Unit Award for their service in Iraq.

The Connecticut National Guard currently has more than 450 Soldiers and Airmen mobilized and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The 143rd MP Company is commanded by Capt. James Locke of Manchester.

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