237th army police to be deployed
12 February, 2013
KABUL: Captain Sam Weber, of Dover, stands at attention during the New Hampshire National Guard"s 237th Military Police Company"s deployment ceremony at the Southern New Hampshire University field house on Sunday, February 10, 2013. Capt. Weber is leading the 110 soldiers of the company on the mission to mentor Afghan national police in the Khost province.
For a year, Nancy Mayo has been working up the strength to say goodbye to her son Eric, 24, as he prepares to serve in Afghanistan with the 237th Military Police Company of the New Hampshire National Guard. It hasn"t been easy.
"You know I"ve told people before I"d just as soon be happy if he"s guarding the bridge in Penacook, but that"s my happiness, and he would be miserable. To send him where he needs to be and where he wants to go for his happiness, we have to put the smiles on our face; and the tears we try to hold back," she said.
She was just one of many mothers at the 237th Company"s departure ceremony yesterday at Southern New Hampshire University. The 237th MP Company, known as the Regulators, will spend two months training in Fort Bliss, Texas, before heading to Afghanistan for a nine-month deployment as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. They will serve in Khost province, training and serving as mentors to the Afghan National Police and conducting joint patrols to locate and defeat enemy insurgents.
It is the company"s first overseas deployment, although some MPs have been overseas before on other missions.
Staff Sgt. William Roth was praised during yesterday"s ceremony because this deployment will be his sixth in four years.