The 92nd Military Police Battalion cased its colors during a ceremony held Friday at Gammon Field signifying the inactivation of the battalion at Fort Leonard Wood.

Appropriately nicknamed the Phoenix Battalion, the 92nd MP Bn. has often been inactivated and reborn in the time of need. The latest being in 2006 at Fort Benning, Georgia, before being relocated to Fort Leonard Wood in 2008 to support the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.

"From the streets of France, to the mountains of Korea, through the jungles of Vietnam, Panama and the Dominican Republic and in the unbearable heat in Iraq and in Afghanistan, the Phoenix Battalion and her Soldiers have served our country with honor and distinction throughout her 71-year history," said Lt. Col. Chad Goyette, 92nd MP Bn. commander. "Through the furling of the units colors, we officially mark a new period of hibernation for the great Phoenix Battalion."

Goyette commended the Soldiers of the 92nd MP Bn. for their dedication to serving the nation at home and abroad.

"You represent the hope the rest of the world sees when they call America for help," he said. "You have performed remarkably well in the toughest of conditions, and just like those who filled the ranks of this great battalion before you, you never failed to rise to the challenge and answer the call."

Not every unit in the battalion will be inactivated. The 252nd Military Police Detachment will remain at Fort Leonard Wood to provide specialized and military working dog support to the Directorate of Emergency Services.

Col. Rosendo Guieb, 89th Military Police Brigade commander, Fort Hood, Texas, commended the battalion for leading the way in the 89th MP Bde. and offered hope for the return of the 92nd MP Bn.

"Now we wait for the Phoenix Battalion to rise again when her country needs it. For this battalion, it's not goodbye, it's until we meet again," he said.