• Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Adams, left, a military policeman assigned to the 10th Regional Support Group, and Army Sgt. Miles McGreehan, a military policeman assigned to the 10th RSG, leads the 10th RSG's team during the casualty carry event during the Defender Challenge competition May 14th on Kadena Air Base, Japan.  10 military police and local national civilian teams gathered for the competition which was held in conjunction with National Police Week. National Police Week honors and recognizes law enforcement professionals throughout the world.

    Military Police in Japan recognize National Police Week

    Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Adams, left, a military policeman assigned to the 10th Regional Support Group, and Army Sgt. Miles McGreehan, a military policeman assigned to the 10th RSG, leads the 10th RSG's team during the casualty carry event during the...

  • Army Sgt. Miles McGreehan, a military police assigned to the 10th Regional Support Group, makes the home stretch during the 4-mile run event for the Defender Challenge competition May 14th on Kadena Air Base, Japan.  The competition was held in conjunction with National Police Week which honors and recognizes law enforcement professionals throughout the world.

    Military Police in Japan recognize National Police Week

    Army Sgt. Miles McGreehan, a military police assigned to the 10th Regional Support Group, makes the home stretch during the 4-mile run event for the Defender Challenge competition May 14th on Kadena Air Base, Japan. The competition was held in...

  • A team of Marine military policemen work against the clock to assemble weapons during the Defender Challenge competition May 14th at Kadena's Outdoor Recreation field. The event was held in conjunction with National Police Week which honors and recognizes law enforcement professionals throughout the world.

    Military Police in Japan recognize National Police Week

    A team of Marine military policemen work against the clock to assemble weapons during the Defender Challenge competition May 14th at Kadena's Outdoor Recreation field. The event was held in conjunction with National Police Week which honors and...

  • Airman 1st Class Adrian Durr, a military police response force team member assigned to the 18th Security Forces Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan attempts to give his team a boost during the 4-way push up event for the Defender Challenge competition May 14th at Kadena's Outdoor Recreation field. Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and local national law enforcement personnel gathered to test their mental and physical stability during the competition. The competition was held in conjunction with National Police Week which honors and recognizes law enforcement professionals throughout the world.

    Military Police in Japan recognize National Police Week

    Airman 1st Class Adrian Durr, a military police response force team member assigned to the 18th Security Forces Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan attempts to give his team a boost during the 4-way push up event for the Defender Challenge competition May...

  • Air Force Tech. Sgt. Greg Riley, left, noncommissioned officer in charge of standardizations and evaluations for Kadena's 18th Security Forces Squadron, watches closely as Soldiers from the 247th Military Police Company, Torii Station, Japan, assemble weapons during the Defender Challenge competition May 14th at Kadena's Outdoor Recreation field. The event was held in conjunction with National Police Week which honors and recognizes law enforcement professionals throughout the world.

    Military Police in Japan recognize National Police Week

    Air Force Tech. Sgt. Greg Riley, left, noncommissioned officer in charge of standardizations and evaluations for Kadena's 18th Security Forces Squadron, watches closely as Soldiers from the 247th Military Police Company, Torii Station, Japan, assemble...

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa, Japan-- Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines from military police units on Okinawa participated in a Defender's Challenge competition May 14th on Kadena Air Base, Japan.

The competition was one of many scheduled events during the week held in conjunction with National Police Week. National Police Week honors the service of law enforcement officers throughout the world.

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Greg Riley, noncommissioned officer in charge of standardization and evaluations for the 18th Security Forces Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, said the event helps to strengthen the local MP community.

"It's a healthy competition for us to have fun and it really helps build on relationships we have as a joint team on Okinawa." explained Riley.

A total of 10 teams came out for the competition including local national civilians who work on the different bases and camps on island. They all brought their mental and physical game and gave their all for the 11 events including a casualty carry, four-mile run, ammo search and weapons assembly.

Throughout the competition it was easy to see participants giving all they had to be crowned the best team but for a few competitors like Army Sgt. Miles McGreehan, a military police assigned to the 10th Regional Support Group, it symbolized a greater cause.

McGreehan added the weeklong event culminates with a tribute to fallen military police troops on island.

"The event is awesome but more importantly it's to honor our fallen comrades and that's important and says a lot about the Military Police Corps. " said McGreehan.

According to the web site Policeweek.org in 1962 President John F. Kennedy designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day which also establish the week as National Police Week.

To find out more about National Police Week log on to www.policeweek.org.

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