1165th to return home

Published 4:51 pm Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The 1165th Military Police Company — with members in Brewton and Fairhope — will return from nearly a year of service in Afghanistan, just in time for Christmas.

The company is scheduled to return to Fairhope Friday morning, Dec. 23.

While in Afghanistan, the soldiers were assigned to security details. Two Brewton natives received awards earlier this month for actions taken in early August when their team successfully combated an insurgent attack in Kabul.

U.S. Army Spcs. Daniel Fowler and Brandon Hammack helped defeat a multiphased attack in which insurgents used small-arms and improvised explosive devices to attack the British Council Building, a base located in a relatively upscale area of the country’s capital used for education and helping Afghanistan’s civil society groups. Although no U.S. service members were harmed, 12 people died in the attack.

Fowler and Hammac, from the 1165th Military Police Unit assigned to Task Force Yankee in Kabul, received a Joint Service Achievement Medal and a combat action badge.

Commander, Task Force Yankee Army Brig. Gen. John Hammond presented 10 soldiers with Joint Service Achievement Medals and combat action badges, one soldier with a Joint Service Commendation Medal and a combat medical badge, one soldier with an Army Commendation Medal and one soldier with a combat action badge.

“I’m extremely proud of the soldiers,” said Hammond. “Our medics responded to the wounded while the remaining soldiers worked toward assisting the Afghan partners and special operations forces in neutralizing the insurgents … they all worked hard and came together extremely well.”

Activated in 2009, NTM-A is a coalition of 37 contributing nations charged with assisting the government of Afghanistan in generating a capable and sustainable Afghan National Security Force ready to take lead of their country’s security by 2014.