FORT POLK, LA - Fort Polk's 209th Military Police Company has returned home after a year-long deployment to Afghanistan.
The company arrived at Alexandria International Airport around 11 p.m. Sunday. Several hours later, they were reunited with loved ones and friends at Fort Polk's 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Gym.
The soldiers' arrival marks the first time that all Fort Polk units are home at the same time since the beginning of the Global War on Terror in 2001. The 209th is the last unit to arrive home; they were also the first unit to deploy from Fort Polk into Afghanistan in 2001.
During this current deployment, the 209th MPs served as police mentor/trainers assisting the Afghanistan National Police with training their personnel into a professional and proficient law enforcement force.
Partnered with Afghan authorities, the 209th participated in a number of cordon and search operations, site exploitation operations and detainee operations.