Governor Wolf Recognizes Pennsylvania National Guard Troops Headed to the Middle East
September 09, 2018
Johnstown, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined approximately 160 soldiers with the Pennsylvania National Guard’s 28th Military Police Company who were honored in a ceremony at Richland High School in Johnstown today as they prepare to depart for a deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield.
“Pennsylvania is honored and proud to support our service members, veterans and their families,” said Governor Wolf. “Thank you, 28th Military Police Company, for your willingness to serve and your dedication to your community, commonwealth and country. Know that while you are deployed, Pennsylvania will pray for you and continue to support your families. Best wishes for a safe deployment.”
The 28th Military Police Company will be conducting customs operations. Operating in one of the most dynamic regions of the world, their presence will enhance security cooperation and reassure our partners and allies in the region.
“As you embark on this major commitment to defend freedom and liberty throughout the world, you join the more than 35,000 other members of the Pennsylvania National Guard that have deployed and sacrificed since 9/11,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general. “This next year will be very challenging for you and your families. We cannot thank you enough for your unwavering dedication to this very important mission.”
The unit traces its lineage back to 1964 as part of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. In 2007 it deployed troops to Iraq in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
“I feel blessed that I have the ability to serve with soldiers who are willing to answer the call to duty in time of war and peace, at home and abroad in order to protect our nation, our freedoms and our families,” said Lt. Col. Brad Pierson, commander of the 156th Military Police Battalion. “Now the call for your service has come and you have answered that call. Stay mission-focused and continue the proud history of the 28th Military Police Company.”
Departure ceremonies are held to honor the courage needed both by those who serve, and the families, friends and employers who support them.