• A team of Marine military policemen works against the clock to assemble weapons during the Defender Challenge competition May 14, 2013 on Kadena Air Base, Japan, a joint service event held in conjunction with National Police Week, which honors and recognizes law enforcement professionals throughout the world.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Howard Reed/Released

    Military police in Japan recognize National Police Week

    A team of Marine military policemen works against the clock to assemble weapons during the Defender Challenge competition May 14, 2013 on Kadena Air Base, Japan, a joint service event held in conjunction with National Police Week, which honors and...

  • U.S Air Force Tech. Sgt. Greg Riley, left, noncommissioned officer in charge of standardization and evaluation for Kadena's 18th Security Forces Squadron, watches closely as soldiers from the 247th Military Police Company, assemble weapons during Defender Challenge competition May 14, 2013 on Kadena Air Base, Japan, a joint service event held in conjunction with National Police Week, which honors and recognizes law enforcement professionals throughout the world.  U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Howard Reed/Released

    Military police in Japan recognize National Police Week

    U.S Air Force Tech. Sgt. Greg Riley, left, noncommissioned officer in charge of standardization and evaluation for Kadena's 18th Security Forces Squadron, watches closely as soldiers from the 247th Military Police Company, assemble weapons during...

  • Army Sgt. Miles McGreehan, a military policeman assigned to the 10th Regional Support Group, makes the home stretch during the four-mile run event of the Defender Challenge competition May 14, 2013 on Kadena Air Base, Japan, a joint service event held in conjunction with National Police Week, which honors and recognizes law enforcement professionals throughout the world.  U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Howard Reed/Released.

    Military police in Japan recognize National Police Week

    Army Sgt. Miles McGreehan, a military policeman assigned to the 10th Regional Support Group, makes the home stretch during the four-mile run event of the Defender Challenge competition May 14, 2013 on Kadena Air Base, Japan, a joint service event held...

  • 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 of the Defender Challenge competition May 14, 2013 at Kadena Air Base, Japan, joint service event held in conjunction with National Police Week, which honors and recognizes law enforcement professionals throughout the world.  
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Howard Reed/Released

    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 of the...

  • U.S. Air Force 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 four-way pushup event of the Defender Challenge competition May 14, 2013 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 event, held in conjunction with National Police Week, which honors and recognizes law enforcement professionals throughout the world.  U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Howard Reed/Released

    Military police in Japan recognize National Police Week

    U.S. Air Force 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 four-way pushup event of the Defender...

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan - Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines from military police units on Okinawa participated in a Defender's Challenge competition May 14 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 really it helps build on continued 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 soldier 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 website Policeweek.org, in 1962, President John F. Kennedy designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day which also establish the week as National Police Week.

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

Page last updated Mon May 20th, 2013 at 00:00