For Immediate Release - June 25, 2012

GOVERNOR PATRICK ATTENDS 972ND MILITARY POLICE COMPANY SEND-OFF

Mass Army National Guard 972nd Send-Off
Governor Patrick speaks at the send-off ceremony of the Massachusetts Army National Guard 972nd Military Police Company at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. (Photo credit: Eric Haynes / Governor’s Office). View additional photos.

BOSTON – Monday, June 25, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick today joined soldiers of the Massachusetts Army National Guard 972nd Military Police Company and their families for a send-off ceremony in Boston. The soldiers have received nine-month mobilization orders and are scheduled to deploy to Qatar to perform force protection missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  

“On behalf of the Commonwealth, I thank the Massachusetts Army National Guard 972nd Military Police Company for their service and I wish them safety and success in Qatar,” said Governor Patrick.                          

“Massachusetts is proud to support our military servicemen and women as they travel overseas to protect our country’s freedom and when they return home from service,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. “Our prayers and thoughts are always with them and their families, and we wish them a safe deployment and return home.”

Based in Reading, this is the third overseas deployment of the 972nd since September 11, 2001.The unit was previously deployed to Uzbekistan and Pakistan in 2002-2003, and to Iraq in 2007-2008. The unit also performed security support at Logan International Airport in 2001-2002 and served in Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina response operations in 2005.

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