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257th Military Police Company brings Army Valorous Unit Award to Minnesota for the first time

May 9, 2009 was just another great day in history for the Minnesota National Guard The 257th Military Police Company was presented with the Valorous Unit Award for their actions during a deployment supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2003-2005


This award is the second highest unit award, falling just below a Presidential Unit Citation It is awarded to units for extraordinary heroism in action against an enemy of the United States The 257th MP Co was called Delta Battery, 216th Air Defense Artillery at the time of their deployment They were in Iraq when some of the heaviest and most violent battles were fought The unit had to overcome the bad times and work hard to successfully complete their missions

As their former 1st Sgt, Sgt Maj Robert Dedic asked, "Were we lucky or were we good? I think it was because of your blood, sweat"¦your determination That's what made us"

The leadership of the unit was obviously proud of the Soldiers for earning the Valorous Unit Award, but even more impressive is the fact that they are the first unit in the Minnesota National Guard to receive the award Brig Gen Joe Kelly, Assistant Adjutant General for Minnesota reminded the Soldiers of the significance of their accomplishment

"Extraordinary heroism, professionalism, dedication"¦those aren't just words that roll off some Army regulation Those words are significant and you should be proud You did a very tough job under extremely difficult conditions very well," Kelly stated

After the official ceremony ended, the Soldiers shook hands and hugged You could see what a long journey it had been through their expressions These Soldiers are what makes the Minnesota National Guard such an amazing team and a force that will continue to make history for years to come

by Sgt Dajon Schafer, Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
May 9, 2009

May 9, 2009 257th MP Co receives Valorous Unit Award - Low-Res

257th Military Police Company Unit Page



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