HELENA, Mont. -

The Montana Army National Guard’s 143rd Military Police Company is scheduled to leave Montana next week, en-route to its mobilization station at Fort Dix, NJ.  The unit is deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and will perform their primary mission of law and order within forward operating bases upon arrival in theater.

A departure ceremony will be held for friends and family on Tuesday, January 7th at 2 p.m. at the Belgrade Armed Forces Reserve Center (350 Airport Road).  The Soldiers are scheduled to leave the state the next day, January 8th at 7:30 a.m. from the Gallatin Valley International Airport.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend both events.

The approximately 35 Soldiers of the unit will be heading to Fort Dix for approximately six weeks to complete their final train-up prior to departure.  The unit is scheduled to be mobilized for one year.   This is the third deployment for the 143rd MP Company since 2002.

The 143rd MP Company, headquartered in Livingston, received a Notification of Sourcing for possible deployment in the spring of 2013.  Since that notification, the Soldiers have been conducting extensive training in preparation for the deployment.