As part of a nationwide U.S. Army and National Guard force reduction – reorganization plan, the North Carolina Army National Guard will deactivate the 1132nd Military Police Company, at its headquarters in Rocky Mount on Sunday.
The deactivation of the 1132nd has been planned for over a year. Approximately 150 soldiers are assigned to the unit.
“The 1132nd’s deactivation will not end our commitment to serving the state in times of need and disaster,” said Brig. Gen. John Byrd, NCNG’s Assistant Adjutant General for Domestic Operations.
Virtually every Soldier in the 1132nd has been reassigned to other North Carolina Army National Guard military police units, decided to reclassify to other job specialties in the Guard, transfer to active duty or the reserves, or retire.
The 1132nd maintained three armories in Mount Olive, Tarboro, and Rocky Mount. All three will close within the next 6 to 9 months and be transferred to the State Property Office for final divestiture.
The 1132nd was established in December 2002. The unit deployed to Iraq on Dec. 12, 2007, and worked with the Iraqi Police Service, providing training and oversight of police operations in southeast Baghdad. Tragically, the complex and dangerous nature of the mission led to five Soldiers losing their lives in service to their country and over 20 wounded-in-action, before the 1132nd’s combat tour ended in the fall of 2008.
The 1132nd supported multiple state emergencies since its origin, to include last year’s Charlotte riots and Hurricane Matthew.