Welcome home to Cleveland’s Military Police Guard Unit

NASHVILLE (WDEF) – More than 100 National Guardsmen based in Cleveland returned home on Friday.

Members of the 252nd Military Police Company have been serving in Operation Enduring Freedom overseas for the last 11 months.

The welcome home ceremony took place at Smyrna’s Volunteer Training Site.

“We are all excited to be back,” said Capt. Aaron Johnson, commander of the 252nd Military Police Company.

“The deployment went really well and all of the Soldiers excelled at everything they did. We worked hard and are proud of what we accomplished.”

They were one of Tennessee’s first guard units to deploy during the pandemic.

“These Tennesseans were mobilizing just as the COVID-19 pandemic began,” said Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes, Tennessee’s Adjutant General.

“They overcame countless challenges brought on by the many unknowns at the beginning, but were adaptive and agile and focused on their mission. I’m proud of the great job they did and all they persevered through as they exemplified selfless-service. One of their most difficult tasks was to leave their home and families during a tumultuous time and trust us here at home to look after them.”

Soldiers from the 252nd Military Police Company are welcomed home by Brig. Gen. Jimmie Cole, Tennessee’s Land Component Commander, and his command team, as they arrived in Smyrna on March 26, following an 11-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Tim Cordeiro)

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