After spending three long weeks training for an upcoming deployment the Louisiana National Guardsmen of the 39th Military Police Company, 773rd MP Battalion, 139th Regional Support Group were ready to go home to their families and wind down with a cool beverage.
Fortunately for them, Shreveport’s Red River Brewing Company came to the rescue with a specially brewed beer and hosted a family day for the unit at their brewery.
“This is why we’re in business. As the poet Ice Cube put it, ‘today was a good day’ for us,” said Jared Beville, a co-owner of the brewery in downtown Shreveport. “To be able to work within our muse to create a beer for the unit is one of the coolest things that we’ve done so far.
The beer, named Fear the Dark after the 39th’s motto, is a dark German lager. The brewery also designed a custom label to put on the bottle that features the unit’s logo, military police crossed pistols behind a black panther.
During their three-week annual training, Guardsmen in the 39th had to ensure that they were trained and up-to-date on all of the Army warrior tasks that are specific to a military police unit. In addition to qualifying on a variety of weapons systems, digging foxholes and attending various classes, they also had to undergo familiarization training by being tazed and pepper sprayed. On the last day, the unit was bussed to Shreveport for their family day.