U.S. ARMY 704TH MILITARY POLICE BATTALION UNIT CREST

The design of the 704th Military Police Battalion unit crest, or Distinctive Unit Insignia, pays homage to the unit’s home base of Fort Lewis, now a joint facility as the result a merger with the U.S. Air Force’s McChord Air Force Base. “Sentinels of Justice,” the unit’s motto, is inscribed on scrolls superimposed over a type of Northwest Coast art commonly referred to as a “ totem pole,” while in the background a verdant mountain with a snow-capped peak looms behind the pole.

The U.S. Army Center of Military History does not have lineage information the Battalion. According to the Global Security Web site, the Battalion was in charge of the Fort Lewis Regional Confinement Facility and conducted military police operations at the base. The unit was inactivated in 2005 and its operations taken over by the 508th Military Police Battalion, a move that was part of a realignment MP elements located in that area at the time.

Besides its work at Fort Lewis, the 704th also provided personnel to support refugee resettlement operations at Guantanamo Bay, alongside other troops from U.S. Army I Corps. The Battalion also assisted in drug interdiction operations along the Southern border of the United States.
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