Fort Wainwright police reactivated Wednesday

Posted: Friday, August 15, 2008

FAIRBANKS - A military police unit with World War II roots was reactivated Wednesday at Fort Wainwright.

Sam Harrel / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Sam Harrel / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Army officials said the 472nd Military Police Company will provide security for the post but also can deployed to other parts of the world if necessary.

The unit's commander, 1st Lt. Mario Carpanzano, said the 472nd historically stood up in a time of war when it was needed. He said the unit was in Europe within a year of forming.

The company, originally activated in 1943, saw duty in Michigan and Georgia before taking part in the invasion of Normandy.

It was deactivated in 1946. It returned to duty 15 years later, this time assigned to U.S. Army Alaska. The unit served until it again was deactivated in 1993.

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