The Michigan National Guard’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 46th Military Police Command is based in Lansing. The command was federally recognized Sept. 1, 2005 and is the first of two military police commands in the United States Army.
In October 2013, the 46th MP Command was assigned a Defense Support of Civil Authorities mission. When ordered by the governor, the 46th will provide a command and control response element (known as C2CRE-B) and respond within 96 hours to assist civilian authorities in the event of a nuclear, chemical, biological, or radiological incident in the United States. The C2CRE-B organization is made up of more than 2,000 National Guard Soldiers from Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and South Carolina.
The 46 MPC, also known as Task Force 46, has eight full time members and an authorized strength of 233 Soldiers to support the C2CRE mission. The total includes 31 Soldiers from the Augusta-based 126th Public Affairs Detachment who have been attached to the 46 MPC along with Michigan National Guard Soldiers from various units across the state to fill vacancies. On June 1, 2015, the 46th MP Command relinquishes command and control of the C2CRE-B mission to the 38th Infantry Division, Indiana Army National Guard.
The 46th MPC Modification Table of Organizational Equipment describes the unit’s organic mission is to: “provide command, control, staff planning and supervision of military police missions conducted by two to five brigades. As required, the 46th Military Police Command will exercise tactical/operational control of tactical combat forces conducting theater response force operations.”
“The current MTOE authorized strength for the 46th MPC is 156 Soldiers staffed with senior officers and non-commissioned officer grades to include the commanding major general,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Vernon Pratt who served as the first sergeant of Headquarters and Headquarters Command, 46th MPC from 2008-2013.
In 2008-2010, members of the unit supported Operation Iraqi Freedom. Maj. Gen. Gerald Cannon (now retired and formerly the 46th MPC commanding general) was the commander of Task Force 138 and deployed with a small support staff to Iraq to serve as the Director General, Civilian Police Assistance Training Team, Directorate of Interior Affairs, Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq.
In May 2010, the 46th became the first military police command to deploy to a combat theatre where they served as Task Force Peacekeeper under Task Force 435. Commanded by Brig. Gen. Mandi Murray, 110 Soldiers from the 46th MPC mobilized first to Fort Bliss, Texas then Afghanistan. Task Force Peacekeeper’s tactical operations center was located on Camp Sabalu-Harrison, at Bagram air base.
Camp Sabalu-Harrison supported more than 1,500 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and civilian contractors. The Task Force’s main mission included command and control of the U.S. military force’s detainee operations throughout the Operation Enduring Freedom theatre, to include the newly constructed Parwan Rule of Law Center detention facility. The Michigan Soldiers also trained and mentored Afghan National Army soldiers and ANA leaders.
Pratt deployed with the unit to Afghanistan and although members were subjected to in-direct fire while on base at Bagram, no one sustained injuries during the attacks
The 46th MPC Soldiers have a diverse set of military occupation skills which includes the expected military police and specialists in communications, administration, finance and logistics. Their property book accounts for equipment such as weapons, generators, forklifts and trucks—more than 600 line-items.
For the past three years, HHC, 46th MPC has held their annual training at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. They have also conducted command post exercises at Camp Grayling and Fort Custer.
“Prior to the deployment of 2010-11 the unit conducted a [command post exercise] at Fort Indiantown Gap, Penn., and pre-deployment Army warrior tasks and training event at Camp Blanding, Florida,” said Pratt.
The unit has also participated in ‘Operation Yama Sokura’ a U.S. Army bilateral exercise with Japanese and U.S. military forces held in Japan and Vibrant Response at Camp Atterbury which prepared the 46th Military Police Command for their command and control response element mission.