FORT POLK, La. - Fort Polk's 209th Military Police Company is returning home after a year-long deployment to Afghanistan.
The group is expected to arrive at Alexandria International Airport around 11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5.
Their arrival marks the first time that all Fort Polk units will be home at the same time since the beginning of the war in 2001. The 209th is the last unit to arrive home, and 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 and 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.
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