144th Military Police
The 144th Military Police Company, The "Blackhats". Have a long and destinguished lineage and history. The unit is a Combat Support Unit that has deployed all over the world for both Peace Keeping and Wartime Operations.
The 144th is currently deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Soldiers of the 144th are serving numerous roles and working with soldiers from other US military units, Afghan counterparts, and NATO soldiers from around the world.
The Army's Military Police provide an important function in the full spectrum of Army operations as a member of the Maneuver, Fires, and Effects division. The Military Police Corps provides expertise in police, detainment and stability operations in order to enhance security and enable mobility. The Army's Military Police can be utilized in direct combat and during peacetime. The Military Police have five main functions:
- Maneuver and mobility support operations
- Area security operations
- Law and order operations
- Internment and resettlement operations
- Police intelligence operations
The 144th Military Police Company has fulfilled all of these roles at various times throughout the history of the unit.
The "Blackhat" motto or Moniker of the 144th Military Police Company is derived from the easily recognized Blackhat as worn by the 24th Regiment Michigan Volunteer Infantry, part of the Legendary "Iron Brigade", during the U.S. Civil War. Even though not directly decended from the 24th, the 144 Military Police is derived from the 2nd Michigan Infantry, a sister unit to the 24th during the Civil War.