Nashville, TN – More than 80 soldiers from the Tennessee National Guard’s 268th Military Police Company returned to Tennessee after a nearly year-long deployment overseas on November 11, 2022.
The 268th, based in Millington, is made up of military police soldiers trained in security operations, base defense, movement control, and law and order. The Soldiers have spent the past ten months serving at Chabelley Airfield, Djibouti as part of Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa.
The 268th conducted several different missions during its deployment, but was primarily responsible for securing and defending Chabelley Airfield, located approximately six miles southwest of Djibouti City, the nation’s capital. They also supervised the contractors and assisted the task force by promoting safety and deterring conflict in the area. Some of the Tennessee Guardsmen used air defense artillery systems to protect the airfield.
“I couldn’t be prouder of everything they’ve accomplished,” Sanders said. “Now we are all looking forward to spending time with our friends and family.”
The 268th Military Police Company spent the past week at Fort Bliss, Texas, where it completed its demobilization and outpatient procedures. Once they were completed, the soldiers returned to the Smyrna Volunteer Training Site and underwent further processing, and were welcomed home by their fellow soldiers, families, and friends.