Alabama National Guard | Always Ready, Always There


MP company returns in time for holidays 
A member of the 1165th MP Company is greeted by a loved one following the homecoming ceremony in Fairhope, Ala., Dec. 23, 2011.

Approximately 170 soldiers from the 1165th Military Police Company came home to Fairhope, Ala. in time for the holidays, Dec. 23, 2011. These soldiers spent 11 months deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan and returned to hundreds of people waiting to welcome them home.  

The unit almost didn’t make it home for Christmas, Joe Birindelli of Citizens for Local Troop Support, said. Because of holiday staffing shortages at Camp Shelby, the company cannot be processed out of active duty until next week. The National Guard did not have money budgeted to send the troops home to Fairhope and then back for processing.

"We had to help with the cost of buses for one round trip for them, which is about $5,000, and we were starting to look and beg for the money for that and Mr. Louis Mapp stepped forward and he generously gave us the entire $5,000," Birindelli said. "Just a wonderful man."

Mapp said he and his wife, Melinda, were honored to help get the soldiers home for Christmas.

The soldiers will spend the holidays at home and then return to Camp Shelby to finish being processed out of active duty service.

Governor Robert Bentley
Governor Robert Bentley

Major General Perry Smith
Major General Perry Smith


Recruiting Go to AKO

Go to GKO



Please leave Feedback

YOU HAVE REACHED A UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT SERVER SECURITY AND PRIVACY NOTICE - This site is provided as a Public Service by the Adjutant General, Alabama National Guard. This site is intended to be used by the public for viewing and retrieving information only. Unauthorized attempts to upload or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud And Abuse Act of 1986. All information on this Site is considered Public Information and may be distributed or copied. The appearance of hyperlinks to external sites does not constitute endorsement by the Alabama National Guard of the linked web site or the information, products or services contained therein. Use appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested. All input has been approved by the Alabama National Guard Office of Public Affairs.