Headquartered at the National Guard Armory in Warwick and commanding three Military Police Companies, the 118th Military Police Battalion’s origins lay in the creation of a single Engineers Company (Combat) in the Rhode Island National Guard in 1926, followed by the addition of two more Companies in December which led the War Department to authorize the formation of a Battalion, which was expanded to a Regiment in 1928. The 118th Engineers was inducted into Federal service on 24 February 1941 as part of the 43rd Infantry Division, but in the process was downsized to a Battalion and its 2nd Battalion detached from the division. The 118th Engineer Battalion took part in four campaigns during World War II with the 43rd Infantry Division, and served with it as a peacekeeping force along the border of East and West Germany in the 1950s and 1960s.

In the late 1960s, the Battalion was reorganized and was redesignated the 118th Military Police Battalion in the Rhode Island Army National Guard, but in 1972 its units were separated and the Battalion Headquarters made a distinct unit. The 118th was called into Federal Service for Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield, earning credit for participation in all three of the campaigns of the First Gulf War. It was also inducted into Federal Service in 2003 during the opening salvos of the War on Terror.

The Latin phrase “FACTA PROBANT,” translates into “Deeds Prove Us” and is found on inscribed on the scroll at the bottom of the 118th Military Police Battalion’s Distinctive Unit Insignia.

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