2 www.MPRAonline.org SUMMER 2018 Vol. 28 No. 2 $3.00President CSM (R) Dorsey Newcomb Vice President 1SG (R) Dave Ross Senior Advisory CouncilRCSM (R) James Barrett BG (R) Stephen Curry COL (R) Wade Dennis RCSM (R) Charles Kirkland RCSM (R) Jeff Butler CSM (R) Roger Macon CSM (R) Tony McGee CW3 (R) Ron Mullihan COL (R) Bryan OBarr CSM Michael Odle SGM (R) Don Rose CSM (R) Mike True COL (R) Charles Williams CSM Rich Woodring Mr. Rick Harne Ms. Beth BellerbyMrs. Corina OBarr Mrs. Erin KaberlineMr. James RogersMrs. Stacie L. Marshall P.O. Box 2182 F ort Leonard Wood, MO 65473 573-329-5317 www.MPRAonline.org Copyright 2018 by Military Police Regimental Assocation The Dragoon magazine. All rights reserved. The Dragoon magazine is published four times annually for world-wide distribution. While eorts have been made to authenticate all claims and guarantees oered by advertisers in this magazine, we cannot assume liability for any products or services advertised herein. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any advertising or editorial material. All advertise ments created by the publisher are not considered a word made for hire and the publisher retains the copyright to all advertisements created by the publisher for the advertiser. The advertisements may not be reproduced without written permission of the publisher.MPRATHE DRAGOONContents Military Police Hall of Fame 2018 Inductees Colonel (R) William L. Hart Colonel (R) John F. Garrity David J. Zeliff Command Sergeant Major (R) Letters03 Executive Directors Note04 Farewell from BG Donna Martin05 From the Commandant06 From the Regimental Command Sergeant Major07 From the Regimental Chief MP Happenings08 Brigadier General Bisacre Becomes 50th USAMPS Commandant09 The MPRA Presence Across the World10 2018 Military Police Corps Hall of Fame Inductees 12 CSM Woodring Assumes Responsibility at MDW 14 An Inside Perspective to the Department of the Army Selection Boards17 MP Spouse Recognized for Commitment to Improving Lives of Military FamiliesAround the World18 Deployed MPs Ensure Safety of Troops and Civilians20 Lex Et Ordo at the Ivory Tower23 Training Gets More Intense for the 46th Military Police CompanyTomorrows MP24 Joint Staff Military Security Force26 Faces in Crowds: Identity as a Counter-Terrorism Tool 30 K9s Train at Fort StewartMP History32 Women Soldiers34 New Acquisitions at the Museum: MPs Support Heritage and Traditions with the Old GuardMPRA Connection36 211th Military Police Battalion Honors Their Legacy38 White Tigers Go Nascar Racing40 MPRA Announces the University of Phoenix 2018 Scholarship Awardee42 MPRA Top Scholarship Awardee44 MPRA Scholarship Awardee Recipients46 Fort Leonard Wood MPs Support Missouri Special OlympicsCover: Michael Curtis Fort Leonard Wood, Visual Information Center www.MPRAonline.org MPRA ONLINE
www.MPRAonline.org 3 n behalf of our National Board of Directors and our 6,800 members, I welcome you to our Summer 2018 edition of the Dragoon. In addition to our quarterly magazine we invite you to follow us on social media and our website where you can also nd our Papa Romeo podcasts and the weekly electronic MPRA Dispatch which highlights many key happenings in the Military Police Corps Regiment. Our Association would like to congratulate four members of our storied regiment on their selection for induction into the Military Police Corps Hall of Fame. The four inductees for 2018 are COL (R) John F. Garrity, COL (R) William L. Hart, CW4 (R) David J. Zeliff and CSM (R) Dorsey L. Newcomb. All will be inducted in to the Hall of Fame during the 77th Military Police Anniversary celebration in September at Fort Leonard Wood. We also want to congratulate SGM Larry H. Orvis on being selected as the 7th Provost Marshal General Sergeant Major. The MPRA has focused on two special projects this summer. One project is our collaboration with the Military Police School to nalize a rst of its kind Military Police History book. This book will chronicle our regiments rich history and include over 1,000 individually submitted biographies and pictures of Military Police Soldiers and Veterans who have served our great regiment. The other special project focused on the Regimental Walkway at Memorial Grove as this project involved the rst phase of bricks from 2007. The bricks had become weathered and each one was replaced with a new replica of the original brick. The replacement bricks allow for better access to those searching for specic bricks and adheres to the purpose of the Regimental Walkway as a place to honor members of the Military Police Corps Regiment, past and present. Finally, I would like to thank the staff for the tremendous work they do each day. Their tireless efforts are evident as they strive to assist our members, customers, and the many visitors we host with absolute professionalism and courtesy. We remain committed to being the premier Military Police professional organization fully aligned with the Army and Military Police Corps visions and being recognized as relevant by Military Police Leaders, Soldiers and families throughout the Regiment. Thank you for your service and your support. Rick Harne First Sergeant (Retired) Executive Director, MPRA National Board of DirectorsThe MPRA Dragoon features information from the MPRA Community, news from the Home of the Regiment at Fort Leonard Wood, historical accounts, and stories from all components (Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve), as well as Retired Military Police from around the world. The overall goal of the Dragoon is to be current on the HOOAH events taking place within our ranks and, in turn, be a direct reflection of the Regiment as a whole. We encourage articles and photographs by and about Soldiers of all ranks, Military Spouses and Families, DA Civilians, and other Friends of the Regiment. Articles and photograph submissions should be Military Police-related and may include human interest, military operations and exercises, history, personal viewpoints and other areas of general interest. All articles accepted for publication are subject to editing. We welcome your ideas and suggestions for future publications and we look forward to hearing from you! The MPRA Dragoon would like to thank those who have contributed to the success of this publication. We are unable to do this without your assistance, contributions, and continued support. Respectfully, Beth Bellerby email@example.com MISSIONPromote the history and preserve the traditions of the Military Police Corps Regiment while supporting Military Police Leadership, Soldiers and Families Army wide.VISIONThe premier Military Police professional organization which is fully aligned with the Army and Military Police Corps visions and recognized as relevant by Military Police Leaders, Soldiers and Families throughout the Regiment.VALUESMutual Respect Pride in Heritage R esponsible Service Always Relevant EDITORFROM THE A NOTE FROM THEEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR O
4 www.MPRAonline.org ets talk about making a plan. The funny thing about planning is that as soon as you are about to execute the plan, it typically takes an unex-pected twist or turn; not always a bad thing, but unexpected none the less. That is what has happened to my tenure as your 49th Commandant. My plan (and the Armys plan) two years ago was to move to Fort Leonard Wood, assume the position for at least 2 years; and then begrudgingly hand over the Regiment to the next de-serving senior leader of this great Regiment. Well, after only 13 months of being in my dream assignment, the plan has changed. It has been an incredible yearas a regiment, we have made such a difference. During this past year, when the USAR and ARNG identied a challenge with getting their Soldiers promoted because of a lack of opportunities to attend the Senior Leader Course for their CID agents and Correc-tions Specialist, our team helped create a new course and it will debut beginning next month. When the Special Operations Community reviewed the train-ing curriculum of our Advanced Individual Training, they liked the unique skills and tools taught to the youngest members of our Regiment and we entered a pilot program to help build Psyops capability for the Special Operations Community. Our BSETD has led the way in educating Commanders on the science of Sexual Assault and Victimology. We have led the way in the DoD in tackling this very complex problem from both a victim and subject perspective. We have identied capability gaps and joined in the process for mitigating those gaps through restructuring and resource initiatives. We have tackled talent management for both our of-cer and Noncommissioned ofcer corps. We are solidifying our relationship with the brigade combat teams through CTC rotations and inclusion in the SFAB rotations. We have increased the academic rigor in our Military Police Captains Career Course and the pre command course for both BN and BDE CDRs. The rst iteration was run in July and it had very positive feedback. We have revamped the prep course that prepares eld grade ofcers for the command and general staff course. All of our PME now fully incorporates Military Police support to Large Scale Ground Combat Opera-tions. And we are also in the process of identifying the resource requirements for extending our One Station Unit Training Program. I am so proud of the role our senior MP commanders are taking in Europe, FORSCOM and TRADOC. They are informing maneuver commanders of the capabili-ties of Military Police formations. Through our diligent efforts, we are being included in CTC rotations and maneuver commanders are requesting MP involvement in the SFAB; in lieu of maneuver forcesa win! Your support and efforts have made my tenure as your Commandant so easy. You have done a lot of the heavy lifting this year. To my Assistant Commandant and Deputy Commandant. thank you for always lling in in my absence and for your unwav-ering support. To my Directorate of Train-ingyou are the heartbeat of USAMPS. Thank you for always saying, We got it. You even said yes when I asked you to produce a lip sync video that partners with civilian police authorities efforts to bridge the gaps between themselves and the communities. Thank you for always keeping the team motivated to do all the updates to POIs in support of Large Scale Ground Combat Operations. This regiment is set for suc-cess and there is no better leader to take us to the next level, than BG Brian Bisacre. Brian has the credentials, skills and knowledge to lead this regiment. He is no stranger to the MP School; having served as the Assistant Commandant. And there is no ner First Lady of the Regiment than Cyndi Bisacre. I am 100% condent that she will continue to care for this Regiment and its Families during their tenure here at Fort Leonard and beyond. And, as I leave this great regiment in the very capable hands of the next Com-mandant, I would just like to say that as the Maneuever Support Center of Excellence Commanding General, I will be watching and anticipating the great achieve-ments to come from this Regiment. It has been my honor to serve as your 49th Commandant. Of the Troops, For the Troops MP6 49 signing off the net BG Donna W. Martin, 49th Commandant and Chief of the Military Police Corps Regiment FAREWELL FROM BG DONNA MARTIN L
www.MPRAonline.org 5yndi and I are truly thrilled to return to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and I am humbled and honored to assume duties as the 50th Chief of the Military Police Regiment and Commandant of the United States Army Military Police School. I absolutely look forward to serving with the phe-nomenal leaders, professional Soldiers and civilians of the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence... and both Cyndi and I are ecstatic to be back living in the best town in America Fort Leonard Wood, which is surrounded by the most patriotic and caring communities in the nation. It is good to be home! I want to rst offer our personal thanks to MG Donna Martin and her husband Chris for ensuring we enjoyed a smooth transition back to the heart of the Ozarks. Additionally, over the past year, MG Martins vision, leadership and dedica-tion while serving as the 49th Chief of the Regiment and Commandant ensured our Regiment is strong today and well positioned to succeed into the future. Our Army and the entire Military Police Corps is so excited knowing the Martins will remain at Fort Leonard Wood as MG Martin pinned on her second star and assumed command of the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence. Con-gratulations to MG Martin and her entire family and we all look forward to serving side by side with her! Our Army remains the strongest and best land ghting force in the World and the Military Police Corps remains critical to its success. Our Military Police disciplines of Secu-rity and Mobility Support, Police operations, and Detention operations combined with our core competen-cies of Soldiering, Policing, Investiga-tions and Corrections enable us to protect the force and preserve combat power both at home and during combat operations any place in the world against any enemy. History has proven these capabilities were critically important in the past and it is guaranteed they will remain crucial to the Armys success into the future. With these capabilities as our framework, my top priority at all times will be to focus USAMPS and our Corps to build agile, adaptive leaders and units that can bring all of our disciplines to bear to protect and preserve the force and if called upon, to do it in the relentlessly lethal environment of future combat operations. Lastly, our Regiment is strong because of our people the dedicated men and women across all of formations, posts, camps and stations it is you who we thank, along with your families for your commitment, dedication and service to our nation and our Corps thank you! Assist, Protect, Defend Army Strong! BG Brian R. Bisacre 50th Commandant and Chief of the Military Police Corps Regiment Our Regiment is strong because of our people the dedicated men and women across all of formations, posts, camps and stations it is you who we thank, along with your families for your commitment, dedication and service to our nation and our Corps thank you! FROM THE COMMANDANT C
6 www.MPRAonline.org th Anniversary to the FROM THE REGIMENTAL COMMAND SERGEANT MAJORs we commence the formal preparations to celebrate our 77th year as a branch, our theme for this year: Valor in Action, 77 years of Assisting, Protecting, and Defending really highlights the crucial role we have had and will have in our Armys history but most importantly it helps us remember our Vietnam Veterans as 2018 is the 50th An niversary of the Tet Offensive. Fifty years ago today the United States was embroiled in war in Vietnam. The North Vietnamese needed to make a statement to dash the United States hopes of victory and add stress to the President about an increasingly unpopular war on the home front. In the early morning hours of 30 January continuing onto the 31st of January 1968, the North Viet namese launched a major offensive during the celebration of the lunar New Year. During those two days, military police heroism, valor, actions, and capabilities against the North Vietnamese army and the Viet Cong during the Tet Offen sive proved that military police are capable of delaying and defeating enemies in direct combat. These brave men won a costly change of image for the military police, one for which all past, present, and future members of the Military Police Corps can justiably point to with pride and hu mility for this was indeed the Corps nest hour. Col. Richard E. George, provost marshal, Saigon, regarding the intrepid performance of Military Police during the Tet Offensive of January 1968. This signicant event in our history directly prompted the U.S. Army Chief of Staff to change the Military Police Branch from a combat service support unit to a combat sup port unit, and this is how the military police became the "Force of Choice." Changing gears for a moment, as we get ready to celebrate our anniversary, myself, the Commandant and Chief of the Military Police Corps, BG Bisacre, and the Regimental Chief Warrant Ofcer, CW5 Fitz, would like to congratulate our 2018 inductees into the Military Police Corps Hall of Fame: Colonel (R) William L. Hart, Colonel (R) John F. Garrity, Chief Warrant Ofcer Four (R) David J. Zeliff, and Command Sergeant Major (R) Dorsey L. Newcomb. Colonel (R) William L. Harts service spanned over thirty-four years and includes combat service from Viet nam through Afghanistan. COL(R) Hart was dedicated to the growth, development, and welfare of the Military Police Corps. His competence in the construction of compliant connement facilities resulted in his recall to active duty in a role essential to the establishment of the Rule of Law in the Global War on Terror. His multiple contributions to the Military Police Corps will impact generations to come. Colonel (R) John F. Garritys distinguished career began as a Platoon Leader in 1987 and culminated as the Com mander of the Armys only Airborne Military Police Brigade in 2008. He lived by a simple credo: Be a Professional and charged his subordinates to embrace this motto and command philosophy. Colonel Garrity deployed units into combat as a Company, Battalion, and Brigade Commander. Chief Warrant Ofcer Four (R) David J. Zeliffs distin guished Army career spanned more than thirty-eight years and he has represented our Regiment at the Department of Justice, Department of Defense and numerous civilian law enforcement and academic organizations. A consummate professional, he is widely recognized as one of the very best criminal investigators in the U.S. Army. Command Sergeant Major (R) Dorsey L. Newcomb's twenty-ve year career was exemplied by the excellence of his Soldiers accomplishments and the Military Police units in which he served. He has continued to serve the Military Police Corps Regiment after his retirement in 2008 as a mem ber and President of the National Board of Directors for the Military Police Regimental Association. He is recognized as one of our most inuential retired senior leaders that contin ues to favorably impact our Regiment. COL (R) Hart, COL (R) Garrity, CW4 (R) Zeliff, and CSM (R) Newcomb will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on 27 September 2018 at the Maneuver Support Center of Excel lence, Lincoln Hall Auditorium, followed by a photo unveil ing in the Military Police Corps Regimental Museum. The Military Police Corps Regiment congratulates the inductees and their family members on their induction into our presti gious Hall of Fame My wife, Carolyn, and I are so humbled and feel so very blessed to be a part of this amazing team of teams. I am hon ored to serve in this great Regiment and I remain committed to providing viable solutions to the Army as it affects the MP Corps and our enlisted population. Happy Anniversary and Thank You for what you and your families do every day in support of this great Regiment!Of the Troops, For the Troops. Assist, Protect, Defend. Preserve the Force.CSM James W. Breckinridge Military Police School Command Sergeant Major A
www.MPRAonline.org 7 FROM THE REGIMENTAL CHIEF WARRANT OFFICERreetings from the Home of the Regimentand Happy 77th Anniversary. I love this time of year, a time when we celebrate the proud history of the Military Police Corps Regiment. We also take time to reect on the accom plishments and hard work done by all members of our Regi ment. The Regimental Association plays a big role in making the celebration a huge success and for that we are all very grateful. There are many ways MPRA supports the Soldiers and Civil ians of our Regiment, from college scholarships to monetary donations in support organizational and group events, to pro viding funds to Soldiers and Civilians who lost their households due to re. I dont know the exact numbers but have personally witnessed numerous occasions when the Association stepped in and provided assistance to Soldiers or Civilians when they were in a time of need. This willingness to provide aid is one of the greatest attributes of the Association and I am proud to be a member! On 19 July 2018, the Fort Leonard Wood community cel ebrated the 100th Anniversary of the United States Army War rant Ofcer. We began the day with a run led by MG Kent D. Savre, Commanding General of the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence. I had the privilege of running in front of the formation with MG Savre, a formation of approximately 2,000 Soldiers. What an awesome turnout to recognize the service and technical expertise warrant ofcers provide to the Army. Warrant ofcers from all three components participated in this and several other events throughout the day, culminating in a birthday party that evening. A special thanks to MPRA for supporting the evening event, helping spread the word about the celebration, and being part of a very special day; not just for our Military Police warrant ofcers but the total warrant ofcer cohort. Your eagerness to be involved in this truly once in a lifetime event is greatly appreciated. In June I had the honor of traveling with the Commandant and Regimental CSM to Guantanamo Bay to visit the Soldiers responsible for running that critical detention mission. Dur ing our visit we were able to go inside and witness rsthand the great work being done. I am always amazed by the level of responsibility placed on the young Soldiers and Non-Commis sioned Ofcers who work in those facilities every day. Although separated from loved one, they endure the heat and humidity and perform their duties in a professional, exemplary man ner. Their morale was high as was their understanding of the strategic implications of securing and caring for the high value detainees housed there. Some of the most exciting and rejuvenating experiences here at Fort Leonard Wood are the Rights of Passage and graduation ceremonies of young One Station Unit Training (OSUT) Military Police Soldiers. The Rights of Passage is conducted prior to graduation and formally welcomes them into the Military Police Corps Regiment. They stand at attention as their drill sergeants pin the Regimental crest on their uniforms. For some of them, this is a very moving ceremony and its not uncommon to see tears. When asked why, they often respond by saying this is the rst time theyve felt part of something, part of a family even. We get the honor of moving through the formation, shaking hands and thanking them for their commitment to serve our Nation and our Regiment. A day or so later they move on to graduation, which are very motivating and en couraging ceremonies. These young MPs get the opportunity to stand in front of the audience (sometimes very large audiences) and an nounce their name and home city and state. The enthusiasm they display has encouraged me on many occasions and done much to keep me focused and dedicated to what I have to do each day. If you are visiting Fort Leonard Wood, I recommend you nd out whether there are Rights of Passage or gradua tions during your stay and go. Feel the excite ment, receive some encouragement, and rededicate yourself to the mission. Finally, I want to wish you all a Happy Anniversary. On 26 September 2018, we celebrate 77 years as a formally recognized Regiment. Take time to review the history of the Regiment. Learn about our founding and the extraordinary things that have been accomplished over the years. We also commemorate 50 years since the Tet Offensive, specically the 31 January 1968 attack on the US Embassy in Saigon, Vietnam. Soldiers from the 716th Military Police Battalion engaged in close combat for nearly eight hours, ultimately securing the Embassy compound. We recognize the courage they demonstrated and their com plete dedication to securing the Embassy compound. Join me in recognizing them, and all the MPs throughout our history, who have helped shape the Regiment we are today. Of the Troops and For the Troops Do What Has to be DoneCW5 Joel E. Fitz Regimental Chief Warrant Ofcer G
8 www.MPRAonline.org The U.S. Army Military Police School held a change-of-com mandant ceremony Tuesday at Fort Leonard Woods Nutter Field House where they said farewell to Brig. Gen. Donna Martin and welcomed Brig. Gen. Brian Bisacre as the 50th commandant and chief of the MP Corps. This ceremony is truly something exceptional, said Maj. Gen. Kent Savre, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood command ing general and reviewing ofcer. And rightfully so, because the United States Army Military Police Corps is excep tional critical to our Army, critical to our national security and the standard bearer for professional policing around the world. Savre said the responsibility of lead ing the MP School and Corps must only be entrusted to the most committed and competent senior leaders. He added that Martin has more than lived up to the responsibility. Since the day I handed her the Mili tary Police Regimental Colors she has maintained high energy and a positive atmosphere in which she has enabled this incredible regiment to continue to live up to its distinguished lineage, he said. As commandant, Brig. Gen. Martin has always maintained a high sense of regimental pride across military police formations by caring for Soldiers, fami lies and civilians. Savre added, Simply put Donna truly lived the mantra: Of the Troops and for the Troops. Martin said the regiment is set for success with Bisacre in charge. Its been my honor to serve as your 49th commandant, Martin said. As I leave this great regiment in the very capable hands of the next commandant, my only wish is that I was able to make a difference in the short time I was here. After welcoming the Bisacre fam ily back to the installation, Savre said Bisacre has an impressive resume. Having served as the assistant com mandant just three years ago and most recently as the commanding general of U.S. Army Corrections Command and the deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Com mand. With his wealth of experience, extraordinary vision and inspirational leadership the Army could not have picked anyone better to take on the responsibilities of leading our Military Police School into the future, Savre said. Bisacre thanked Army senior leaders for their trust and condence in him to lead and then listed three promises to the regiment. It is a true honor and privilege to serve as the 50th chief of the Military Police Regiment and commandant of the United States Army Military Police School. Our regiment today is strong and heading in absolutely the right direc tion, he said. I promise to give my all to enable the readiness of our regimentI promise USAMPS will continue to be an excellent teammate with the team of teams at MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood. And most importantly, I promise to uphold the professional covenant of the leader to lead and fully commit myself to coaching, teaching, development and caring of our Armys most important resource its people. Story by Dawn Arden, Guidon, Managing Editor Photo by Michael Curtis Fort Leonard Wood Visual Information CenterBrigadier General Bisacre 50th USAMPS Commandant It is a true honor and privilege to serve as the 50th Chief of the Military Police Regiment and Commandant of the United States Army Military Police School. Our Regiment today is strong and heading in absolutely the right direction."
www.MPRAonline.org 9 he Military Police Regimental Associations (MPRA) presence continues to grow across the world in the form of general membership and local chapters. The Association has nearly 6,800 members that are stationed or living all across the United States or abroad. There are currently 20 active lo cal chapters. These chapters include the First Corps of Cadets, Lexington, Massa chusetts; Rio Grande Chapter, Fort Bliss, Texas; Center of the Universe Chapter, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Peacekeeper Chapter, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Pikes Peak Chapter, Fort Carson, Colorado; North Country Chapter, Fort Drum, New York; Fort Gordon Chapter, Fort Gordon, Georgia; Fort Hood Chapter, Fort Hood, Texas; The Old West Chapter, Fort Leav enworth, Kansas; Rainier Chapter, Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington; Flint Hills Chapter, Fort Riley, Kansas; Coastal Empire Chapter, Fort Stewart, Georgia; Golden State Chapter, Bakerseld, Cali fornia; Grand Canyon Chapter, Phoenix, Arizona; Morning Calm Chapter, Korea; Mile High Chapter, Denver, Colorado; Ozarks Chapter, Fort Leonard Wood Region, Missouri; Yellowhammer Chap ter, Prattville, Alabama; Rhode Island Chapter, Warwick, Rhode Island; Alamo Chapter, San Antonio, Texas. Our Associations presence across the Army is anchored by the MPRA National Board of Directors (BOD) and our Senior Advisory Council (SAC). The BOD is headquartered at the home of our Regiment at Fort Leonard Wood. The 16 individual members of the BOD and SAC are physically dispersed across the United States. 62.5% of these volunteers are from the FLW Region and 37.5% are from elsewhere in the country. Each of these members have long standing relationships with the MPRA. While the BOD provides oversight for the accomplishment of the organizations mission the SAC advises, guides, assists, supports and advocates for the Association. The SAC also provides recommendations for improvements that will help the Associa tion grow and expand through informal assessments of the Association's pro grams, policies and initiatives. In addition to our ongoing interest in gaining new individual members we en courage Commanders, leaders, members and volunteers to help stand up and sus tain local chapters in places where they do not currently exist. Our Executive Di rector 1SG (Retired) Rick Harne and other members of our staff are readily available to help guide you through the process of establishing local chapters. Our National organization works diligently to stay connected with our local chapters in a number of ways to include quarterly conference calls with the chapter leader ship. This type of communication is an important part of us remaining relevant and understanding how the MPRA can best serve MP Soldiers, Leaders, Families and members. The MPRA is committed to its vision of remaining the premier Military Police professional organization aligned with the Army and Military Police Corps vi sions and recognized as relevant by Mili tary Police Leaders, Soldiers and Families throughout the Regiment. We maintain that commitment by staying focused on our mission of promoting the history and preserving the traditions of the Military Police Corps Regiment while supporting Military Police Leadership, Soldiers and Families Army wide. As our presence continues to expand we offer you our assistance in helping grow local chapters in your area and your membership base. We encourage you to reach out to our Executive Director or a BOD Member to visit your unit or com munity to assist with specic questions and educate current and potential mem bers on our Association and our various programs. If interested in accepting the challenge of standing up and sustaining a successful local chapter, contact Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org for specic details. The MPRA is a solid organization with a great track record of supporting MP Soldiers, Leaders and Families through programs like our Regimental Grove and Walkway, Benevolent Fund, Scholar ship Program and our Marechaussee and Vivandieres awards program. These programs have beneted thousands over the years and with your help we can expand our reach and support even more our of Soldiers, leaders and families going forward.The MPRA Presence Across the World Yellowhammer Pratville, AL Grand Canyon Scottsdale, AZ Golden State Bakerseld, CA Mile High Denver, CO Pikes Peak Ft. Carson, CO Coastal Empire Ft. Stewart, GA Ft. Gordon Augusta, GA Flint Hills Ft. Riley, KS Old West Ft. Leavenworth, KS Peacekeeper Ft. Campbell, KY Center of the Universe Ft. Bragg, NC Ozark Ft. Leonard Wood, MO North Country Ft. Drum, NY First Corps of Cadets Lexington, MA Rhode Island Alamo Chapter San Antonio, TX Ft. Hood, TX Rio Grande Ft. Bliss, TX Rainier Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA Korea
10 www.MPRAonline.org MP HAPPENINGS 2018 Military Police CorpsHALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ach year the Military Police Corps Regiment solicits nomina tions for the US Army Military Police Corps Regimental Hall of Fame. Commissioned Ofcers, Warrant Ofcers, Enlisted Soldiers, or Professional Civilians who have served in or sup ported an Active, National Guard or Reserve Military Police unit are eligible for nomination. The Military Police Corps Regimental leadership proudly announced this years inductees as Colonel (R) William L. Hart, Colonel (R) John F. Garrity, Chief Warrant Ofcer Four (R) David J. Zeliff and Command Sergeant Major (R) Dorsey L. Newcomb. This years inductees bring the total number of distinguished leaders enshrined in the Military Police Hall of Fame to eighty-seven. The MPRA joins the regimental leader ship in congratulating each of these inductees and their families on this outstanding milestone in their service to our Regiment and this great country. In keeping with promoting the history and preserving the traditions of our Regiment, the MPRA is proud to maintain a current place on our website where you can view the names, pictures and citations for all eighty-seven Hall of Fame members. We invite to you to visit the site at www. mpraonline.org to see this collection of Military Police heroes and to read about their legacies. Although the United States Army Military Police School is the proponent for the MP Hall of Fame. The MPRA encourages everyone to review the outline of the prerequisites, process and regulatory requirements below and consider nominating those you feel to be deserving of consideration for this great honor. Detailed information regarding the Hall of Fame is contained in US Army Military Police Corps Regimental Regulation 870-1, DTD 26 February 2015 available on the US Army Military Police Corps Regi ment Website at http://www.wood. army.mil/usamps. On behalf of the Commandant of the United States Army Military Police School and Chief of the Military Police Corps Regiment, it is with great pride that the United States Army Military Police Corps Regiment announce its 2018 inductees. Colonel (R) William L. Harts service spanned over thirtyfour years and includes combat service from Vietnam through Afghanistan. COL(R) Hart was dedicated to the growth, development, and welfare of the Military Police Corps. Serv ing in key policy and opera tional personnel positions, he developed systems used by all services for congressio nally mandated joint service in Connement Operations. His competence in the construc tion of compliant connement facilities resulted in his recall to active duty in a role essential to the establishment of the Rule of Law in the Global War on Terror. His multiple contributions to the Military Police Corps will impact generations to come.
www.MPRAonline.org 11 rfntColonel (R) John F. Garritys distinguished career began as a Platoon Leader in 1987 and culminated as the Commander of the Armys only Airborne Military Police Brigade in 2008. Colonel Garrity developed in novative solutions to complex problems, helped subordinates mature as leaders, and brought his passion for soldiering to all he encountered. He lived by a simple credo: Be a Profes sional and charged his subor dinates to embrace this motto and command philosophy. He imbued the warrior spirit in all those he led while at the same time caring for those under his charge. Colonel Garrity deployed units into combat as a Company, Battalion, and Brigade Commander. fbb rbbChief Warrant Ofcer Four (R) David J. Zeliffs distin guished Army career spanned more than thirty-eight years and he has represented our Regiment at the Department of Justice, Department of Defense and numerous civilian law enforcement and academic organizations. A consum mate professional, he is widely recognized as one of the very best criminal investigators in the U.S. Army. Mr. Zeliff has been, and continues to be, a distinguished senior leader and his contributions will have an enduring impact on our Regi ment. tCommand Sergeant Major (R) Dorsey Newcombs twentyve year career was exemplied by the excellence of his Soldiers accomplishments and the Mili tary Police units in which he served. He distinguished him self as a leader of the highest caliber throughout his career in every leadership position from Squad Leader to Command Ser geant Major. He continued to serve the Military Police Corps Regiment after his retirement in 2008 as a member and Presi dent of the National Board of Directors for the Military Police Regimental Association. He is recognized as one of our most inuential retired senior lead ers that continues to favorably impact our Regiment. 2018 Military Police CorpsHALL OF FAME INDUCTEES COL (R) Hart, COL (R) Garrity, CW4 (R) Zeliff, and CSM (R) Newcomb will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on 27 September 2018 at the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, Lincoln Hall Auditorium, followed by a photo unveiling in the Military Police Corps Regimental Museum. The Military Police Corps Regiment congratulates the inductees and their Family members on their induction into our prestigious Hall of Fame.
12 www.MPRAonline.orgFORT LESLEY J. MCNAIR, D.C. Sol-diers, family, friends and colleagues gathered to welcome Command Sgt. Maj. Richard A. Woodring as he assumed responsibility of the Joint Force Headquar-ters National Capital Region and U. S. Army Military District of Washington, during a change of responsibility ceremony. During the ceremony, hosted by Maj. Gen. Michael L. Howard, commanding general, JFHQ-NCR/MDW, in Conmy Hall, Joint Base Myer Henderson Hall, Virginia, June 12, Woodring expressed gratitude. "I am both honored and humbled by this opportunity," Woodring said, as he addressed the audience. "I am not success-ful because what I have done, rather I have been fortunate to ride the coat tails of the best men and women our country has to offer." Woodring was preceded by Command Sgt. Maj. Paul E. Biggs, who served as the units command sergeant major for more than two years. After assuming responsibility, Woodring wasted no time taking on his new roles and responsibilities. In one word my rst weeks were hec-tic, Woodring said, as he chuckled. Every day there is literally something different. This [unit] touches a little bit of every-thing. From oversight of the garrisons, to ceremonial duties, I had no idea of all the little touch points that we are responsible for. It is a constant go here, which is very exciting. The diverse command is responsible for maintaining situational awareness and conducts homeland defense and civil support operations to defend the National Capital Region, as directed. The organiza-tion draws together resources of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and NORAD into a single point headquarters for planning, coordination and execution of missions. Woodring entered the military under the delayed entry program in the Army Re-serves, in October 1984. He attended both basic and advanced individual training at Fort McClellan, Alabama. After training, he went on to study criminal justice, seeking a career in law enforcement. I went to college for about two weeks, he said as he laughed. During my rst week of college classes, the teachers talked about term papers and nals. I knew I wasnt the greatest student, so it was then I decided to forgo college and go active. After his short stint in college, the Kansas native entered active duty in June of 1986. This decision was undeniably the right move for Woodring, he said. The discipline and structure is what really attracted me to the military, he con-tinued. So when I went to [basic combat training] and [advanced individualized training] I really excelled, and found my-self in leadership roles. Throughout his career, Woodring has served in many leadership positions that have prepared him for his current assign-ment. These assignments include: the provost marshal sergeant major for the Operational Protection Directorate, Schoeld Barracks, Hawaii; command sergeant major, 8th MP Brigade, Schoeld Barracks, Hawaii; and senior enlisted leader Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435, Camp Sabalu, Harrison, Afghanistan, among others. When you have been in as long as I have you naturally pick things up along the way, Woodring said. I think that all of those experiences in some way or another CSM WOODRING ASSUMES RESPONSIBILITY AT MDW L to R: Command Sgt. Maj. Richard A. Woodring (right), assumes responsibility for the Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, during a change of responsibility ceremony June 12, 2018. The ceremony was hosted by Maj. Gen. Michael L. Howard, commanding general, JFHQ-NCR/MDW, in Conmy Hall on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. Nicholas T. Holmes)
www.MPRAonline.org 13 rfntbrfftt rfftrfntbrftftfr rrtbrtfrfrr rfrbtfff rffrtrt trffrfrrftbtff tftrbftfftf tbrrfrfrf trffftbffrftff rrftbrffbtffr rftt fftftt have helped prepare me for this assign-ment. Prior to taking responsibility of the command, Woodring served as the Army Provost Marshal Sergeant Major in Wash-ington, D.C. While serving as the senior enlisted advisor of the command, Woodring plans to advocate for the members of the unit and guarantee the command maintains readiness. I want to take advantage of every op-portunity to show case the diversity and talent of our Soldiers and civilians in this organization, Woodring said. A lot of what we do is high prole, if we make a mistake the world can see it. My priority is to ensure we are trained and prepared for our task and missions. If we are not pre-pared to do our jobs correctly it can have a great impact on many people. In closing, Woodring acknowledged the gravity of his new responsibilities while expressing his appreciation for the op-portunity. It can be a little intimidating knowing all that this assignment requires, he said. What I have gained is the chance to see the Army through a different lens. A lot of my path has been military police organiza-tions. This command allows you to see the Army in a very different lens. We are just responsible and involved in so many differ-ent [functions] and I am excited for what is ahead. Story by Sgt. Nicholas T. Holmes Command Sgt. Maj. Richard A. Woodring (center), salutes after assuming responsibility for the Joint Force HeadquartersNational Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, during a change of responsibility ceremony June 12, 2018. The ceremony was hosted by Maj. Gen. Michael L. Howard, commanding general, JFHQ-NCR/MDW, in Conmy Hall on Joint Base Myer-Hen derson Hall, Va. (U.S. Army pho tos by Sgt. Nicholas T. Holmes)
14 www.MPRAonline.orgAn Inside Perspective to the Selection BoardsIt is has been some time since the last Military Police Corps Ofcer served as a Board Recorder. What is a board recorder, you may be asking yourself and you are not alone. A week prior to my change of command, branch called and asked if I knew of the DA Sec. My response was a quick no. I simply hadnt heard of it before. The DA Sec stands for the Department of the Army Secretariat for Selection Boards. The DA Sec, as it is commonly referred to, operates out of the Human Resources Command (HRC) at Fort Knox, Ken tucky. I did not know that there was a select group of Army ofcers known as board recorders that worked within the branch. As it turns out, there is a very small select group of ofcers across the entire Army that execute centralized selection boards. In retrospect, there are sixteen Army ofcers that serve as board recorders. But, lets answer the question: what is a board recorder? Board recorders, on behalf of the convening authority, ensure that board members are prop erly briefed and prepared to execute any number of specic selection boards in accordance with appropriate law, poli cy, and guidance. We administratively assist board members as they review and vote les and generate the initial document that eventually becomes the nal approved list published by HRC. I have had the privilege to serve on or lead ofcer promotion and command select list boards from Captain to Major General over the last 14 months. I have also been humbled to serve on or lead every centralized enlisted board executed by the DA Sec in that same timeframe. Within my rst few weeks of ar riving at the DA Secretariat, my eyes had been completely opened to a very different Army world and perspective. Going from a Company Commander to a Board Recorder, now observing the Army enterprise and strategic initia tives fundamentally changed how I now view the selection process. There are many things I did not know about the Human Resources world, let alone the selection process that I learned because of this unique assignment. I found myself in an environment where nearly every week was an ofcer professional development (OPD) session for me. As members voted les or discussed the in tricacies of our Army I had a unique op portunity to take note of their remarks and engage in conversation with them. There are a few major takeaways that I have realized, not many of them are different than what the Military Police Branch team at HRC continuously ad vises the force on, but more so, to stress the impact of that advice. The United States Army selection process is fundamentally sound. In both the manner in which it is executed and the faith and condence placed in that process. Prior to my arrival to HRC, I inappropriately assumed that the pro motion process was simple. You receive the My Board File (MBF) message, re view your le, certify it and done. A few weeks later the board would meet, vote and then several months down the road the list is simply released. Although it seemed as though it was a fairly straightforward process; it is a signi cantly more involved process. My expe rience here has taught me that there are a number of exceptional professionals who work diligently to execute every board. On average there are no less than thirty individuals, outside of the members who vote the board, who ex ecute multiple tasks in preparation for, execution during, and then post board operations. All of this done in an effort to ensure that not one single ofcer or noncommissioned ofcer is missed from the eligible population and is seen by the board. While also ensuring that the results of the board are published without infraction or delay. As members arrive at HRC and begin the process of executing the board they continuously and unanimously men tion their renewed faith and con dence in the Army promotion system. I believe that can be attributed to a few factors. First, each vote counts equally for every member. Not one single mem bers vote carries any more weight than that of another. The vote of a General Ofcer counts just the same as the vote from a Command Sergeant Major. Secondly, members are prohibited from engaging in conversation with each other and, with few exceptions such as General Ofcer selection boards, from discussing any personal knowledge
www.MPRAonline.org 15they may have which might favor one candidate over another. Third, there is a quality control measure used dur ing the voting process. Members are returned certain les to be relooked should they have a signicant deviation in their voting from another member(s). The process affords the board member the opportunity to reassess a candi dates le in the event that they may have missed something within that le. There is, however, no requirement for a member to change their vote for that candidate. Which leads me to the most important portion, in my opinion, that ensures the fairness of our system that no one in this process will ever tell a board member how to vote any specic type of le. Guidance is provided to each board through a memorandum of instruction (MOI) by the boards convening au thority. The convening authority is the individual under whose authority the board is being executed in accordance with applicable law and or policy. The vast majority of boards are appointed and executed on behalf of the Secretary of the Army. The MOI usually lists those attributes and competencies as well as certain positions within the Army that are important for the overall manage ment of the force and in certain cases the execution of the national security strategy. This guidance, however, in no way tells a board member that a candidate who has completed certain jobs and has a specic level of educa tion or training, or whose evaluations have certain boxes checked should be scored any certain number based on the scoring system. Members, as a func tion of the Army Selection Board System (ASBS), the automated voting tool uti lized for all boards, are allowed to score a candidate one through six, and if they choose, add a plus or minus identi er. Each member has to form what is known as their own individual voting philosophy. As each member reviews a candidates le, they alone determine what score the candidate deserves. These examples are used to help stress a very long-standing and consis tent theme throughout the Army. You are responsible for your career, the completeness of your le and its pre sentation to the board is an individual responsibility. It is imperative that your le is as accurate and up to date as possible. This should be done routinely, not simply because the convene date of your next board is quickly approaching. Board members can quickly identify when a le has not been reviewed and is not up to date. Although members are not told who certies their le thats correct members are not told they can absolutely gure it out. Your photo and record brief are important elements to communicate with the board. Although you may only need a new photo within ve years of the board convene date, listen to the recommendations of your superiors and the branch team. If you have an upcoming board, get a new photo! Additionally, your record brief should tell a very succinct story of your military career. Those Soldiers whose record briefs are up to date and allow a board member to easily ow from record brief to evaluations (the record brief can be viewed simultaneously with other les) are viewed favorably. While those records that are not suc cinct, cause a certain amount of strife for members and may negatively impact a candidates score. Bottom line, check your MBF, update it and certify! None of the above steers from the fact that how you perform and the manner in which your evaluations are written are important. Sustained ex emplary performance throughout any number of jobs is essential and is a clear indicator of the probability a candidate will be selected by a board. Regardless if your le and your record brief are up to date and succinct, evaluations with lower block checks absolutely impact your chances of being selected by a board. Several of you may be thinking, But I have encountered Soldiers in my career where I have asked myself, how did they get picked up? The shortest answer is simply this: the Army pro motes, regardless of grade, branch or military occupational specialty on its requirements. At the end of the day the Army clearly has a mission and whether or not your skill set ts into that mission are important. As an example, if the Army needs 100 candidates of a specic branch, and there are 100 fully quali ed candidates then it is simple 100 are selected. What tends to shock a number of members when they arrive is that being higher on the order of merit list does not necessarily equate to the requirements of the Army. I have seen a number of candidates well above others who, because of skill sets, were not selected as they did not merit the needs of the Army; e.g. the Army needs 10 candi dates and I am number 8 on the OML. I do not possess the skills that the Army requires. I am then skipped over and candidate number 11, because they possess the requisite skills, is selected. There is no way to anticipate such a case. There are simply too many vari ables that factor into it. Again, sus tained exemplary performance is key to being successful. With respect to evaluations, they truly serve only one real purpose. That is they are meant to be a raters and senior raters communication to the board. Evaluations are not meant to simply be a communication between you and the rated ofcer, although that The United States
16 www.MPRAonline.orgis true, their real purpose is to convey your message to a specic board reviewing them. Evaluations are not counseling statements. There are specic forms and func tions for counseling, it is not the rated Soldiers evaluation. With that being said, am biguity within evaluations, differing box checks between rater and senior rater, as well as language that does not necessarily equate to the box check, require members to not simply review the evalu ation but make an attempt to interpret the message. This could very well inadvertently lead a member to incorrectly interpret your message to the board. Thus, write plainly and clearly. Evaluations lled with ambiguous adjectives to describe a rated Soldier and their performance or potential may make the rated Sol dier feel good but it may also have an adverse impact on their score. A common question I am asked is my opinion on letters to the board presi dent. The answer is easy. Dont write them. The vast majority of letters do not provide any additional informa tion to the board and are routinely not written in accordance with Army Regulation 25-50. With that being said, Soldiers, by law and regulation, have a right to submit a letter to the president of the board. There are very few cases in which I would recommend submit ting a letter. Should you have a gap in your record with respect to evaluations, and the board, based off of your record cannot account for the gap, then ll ing that gap is prudent. For example, you were wounded in combat and as a consequence of rehabilitation do not have evaluations to cover this specic timeframe. Another example would be if you were awarded a certain type of degree, e.g. a Masters, but you were unable to submit those transcripts as the semester would not close prior to the boards convene date. In that case, a letter to the board with documentation from the University supporting your claim would be appropriate. Regardless of why you are submitting a letter, there is absolutely no excuse for it not to be in accordance with the regulation. READ THE REGULATION! A failure to do so may greatly impact the in tent of your letter to the board. Its my hope that you found these points helpful, if noth ing else, a validation of long standing comments, echoing the importance of profession ally maintaining your record and the negative impact that not doing so may have on your selection. I encourage everyone to review either the ofcer or noncommissioned ofcer Mock Boards found at the HRC website, https:// www.hrc.army.mil/content/Selec tion%20Boards, to better prepare you for any upcoming board. Have faith and condence in the process, I most assuredly do. Story by John Fernandez-Rubio CPT(P), MP, Board Recorder Department of the Army SecretariatDisclaimer: This article was prepared by CPT Fernandez-Rubio in his personal capacity. The opinions expressed in this article are the authors own and do not reect the view of the DA Secre tariat, the Department of the Army, or the United States government.
www.MPRAonline.org 17In May of this year, many military spouses from around the world gathered in Washington, D.C. for the Armed Forces Insurance (AFI) 2018 Military Spouse of the Year (MSOY) convention. The Military Spouse of the Year honor is in its eleventh year and the goal of the program is to honor the dedication and sacrices of our nations military spouses who are making a dif ference in their local communities. This years convention was comprised of a variety of events, includ ing the annual Town Hall and a new addition to the line-up, the USO-Metro Gala. Attending this years MSOY convention was Military Police spouse Si erra Redmond who was named the 2018 MSOY for US Army Garrison Miami. We all know that the fami lies of military police service members not only face a high operational tempo with fre quent deployments, but when their service members are in garrison, the demands of their job require them to spend long hours away from their families and friends. This fact makes Redmonds service even more impressive. Redmond and her husband have been together for almost nine years and her husband, Sgt. Elijah Redmond, has served in the Army for ve and a half years. Hes currently serving as a Protec tive Services Detail Agent. During Sgt. Redmonds previous as signment at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Redmond joined him there ve months after they were married and she had completed her rst two years of col lege. Not wanting to lose momentum on her education, Redmond transferred to Drury University and successfully completed an associate degree in media and a Bachelor of Arts degree in general studies with a focus on mass communi cations. Unfortunately, Redmond quickly learned that pursuing a career in broad cast journalism would be extremely challenging, but she didnt let that stop her. Redmond had a passion for writing, so she decided to start her own blog, The Daily Impressions. Though she didnt originally intend the blog to be a full-time career, she found it to be a great creative outlet and enjoyed networking with other military spouse bloggers. Shes taken classes and is working to learn from the best in the business about how to turn her hobby into a successful business and career. I really enjoy being part of online groups for military spouse bloggers. I have been learning a lot from people like Krystel Spell about how to partner with other businesses in order to grow my following and expand my blog. Im also planning to attend this years Military Inuencer Conference in Orlando, said Redmond. Extending her support network outside her husbands current duty station location has been critical. Sgt. Redmonds current assignment keeps him very busy and the Miami Garrison is incredibly small. Upon their ar rival in Miami, Redmond felt alone and alienated for the rst time as a military spouse. By this time, she had a small baby, her husband was no longer part of a traditional MP unit, and they were not living on an installation, which had provided a sense of military community in Missouri. Prior to being named the MSOY for the Miami garrison, Redmond saw the need to connect with other mili tary families within installation and advocate on their behalf for improved garrison services; however, it was chal lenging to get the ear of the garrison commander. After winning the MSOY title, a press release was sent out and Redmond was able to organize a meeting with the local Army Community Services ofce and the garrison commander. At this time, she brought concerns from others within the community to the attention of the garrison leader ship. There were many military spouses and family members within the garrison that had concerns. I was able to convey those to leadership and get the ball moving on some improve ments and changes, said Redmond. The Redmonds are already planning for their next permanent change of station, which will come later this year. The constant changes, unpre dictability of military life, and need to adapt quickly overwhelmed Redmond during her rst few months in Miami, but as she faces this next move, she speaks condently of the resilience and strength that shes developed. Im hopeful that even though well be moving soon another spouse from USAG Miami will be nominated next year, and theyll be able to continue the work of improving the lives of military families within the garrison. If any thing, I feel like I left USAG-Miami better than I found it and Im excited for what the future holds, said Redmond. Story by Erin KaberlineMP Spouse Recognized for Commitment to Improving Lives of Military Families
18 www.MPRAonline.org AROUND THE WORLD AGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan Military police assigned to the Texas National Guard 236th Military Police Detachment, Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade is responsible for maintaining the safety of service members, coalition forces and civilians in the Combined Joint Operations Area Afghanistan by inspecting all incoming and outgoing equipment. On a daily basis we do anything from processing a ight to mobile operations, where we go out and clear units containers and gear so that they can go home, or ight operations where we process all incoming and outbound ights to and from Afghanistan, said Staff Sgt. Joshua Vohs, NCOIC of customs operations, with the 236th MP Det. We ensure that units are able to clear customs and return to their home base with a smooth transition. The small team of Soldiers work all day in processing personnel, inspecting equipment and going out on missions to other bases. Service members consistently move throughout the Afghanistan, coming in and out the theater, leaves the MPs with various challenges in accomplishing their mission. Some of the challenges that we have faced in theater is personnel, we are running 12-hour shifts with the limited personnel that we have, said Vohs. Some of the things that well do is well borrow people and use a lot of our downtime between ights to get some rest. The MPs conduct these inspections to maintain the safety of the troops and the accomplishment of the mission. Coming in to Afghanistan, were mainly worried about following General Order Number 1-c, with alcohol, pornography, personally owned weapons, steroids, etc. Vohs said. Were making sure that the ghting force is 100% mentally and physically able to take the ght to the Taliban. of Troops and Civilians First Lt. Sean White, commander, Texas National Guard 236th Military Police Detach ment, Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division Resolute Support Sustainment Bri gade, inspects bags during a container layout and his team of military police were inspecting outgoing units equipment to help expedite the process when the unit goes back home. Spc. Roberto Arce, a mobile team leader assigned to the Texas National Guard 236th Military Police Detachment, Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division Resolute Support exits the theater to ensure that service members, civilians and coalition forces dont import or export contraband from Afghanistan.
www.MPRAonline.org 19Their mobile team is able to y out to the different forward operating bases (FOBs) to inspect units departing theater. [The mobile teams mission] is to help expedite the process for the units equipment and bags that are going back to the states, said Sgt. Johnny Arriago, mobile section NCOIC, 236th MP Det. We inspect them and ensure that the equipment is clean, no insects, dirt or agricultural hazards, and there is no illegal contraband going back to the states. Arriago said that the mobile team could clear anything from containers to helicopters. By doing these inspections, the MPs are preventing outbreaks of diseases or non-native species in the U.S. One of the most important parts of our mission is the agriculture side, bringing over dirt, food, insects or animals into the U.S. is a major cause of some of the diseases we are exposed to, said Sgt. Joseph Barbour, the NCOIC of retrograde and contraband assigned to the 236th MP Det. I look at it as the safety of us, the people and passengers on the planes, theres no telling what somebody is trying to smuggle back to the U.S. or what kind of weapons they can use to harm others. These MP Soldiers are the rst and last step to establish mission readiness. They protect the home front while they are abroad and the personnel in theater through their inspections.Story and photos by Sgt. Elizabeth White 3rd Sustainment Brigade On a daily basis we do anything from processing clear units containers and gear so that they can Afghanistan, said Staff Sgt. Joshua Vohs, NCOIC of customs operations, with the 236th MP Det. We ensure that units are able to clear customs and return to their home base with a smooth transition. Spc. Tera Jones, the supply NCOIC for the Texas National Guard 236th Military Police Detachment, Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade, displays a fur sample for to transport to or from the United States. They inspect for fur that could potentially endangered animal furs. Detachment, Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division Resolute Support Sustainment 7. McCauley looked for any illegal substances or agricultural matter during these inspections. The purpose of these customs inspections are to prevent the importation of contraband while protecting service members, coalition forces and civilians on bases in Afghanistan.
20 www.MPRAonline.orgThe year is 1969. Like countless evenings before, on June 30th, the hustle of people and cars ll the air in downtown Saigon mixing with the sights and smells of a robust nightlife. At 2200 hours, the city sounds fade as curfew is in effect on Soldiers and civilians alike. Suddenly the violent cracks of gunre and ashes of light echo through a building downtown. A man yells frantically in Vietnamese into a radio mounted on a jeep outside the building. People rush out the doorway of the imposing, multi-story building where the shots originated. An unusual stillness lls the air as gun smoke dis sipates inside. Two men lay dead at the Ivory Tower bar in downtown Saigon, Vietnam. At rst glance, the pair could not be a day over 25 years old. One man lay dead on the third oor of the bar with multiple gunshot wounds. Travel ing down a narrow, winding staircase from the third oor to the rst oor a second body is visible, face down with multiple gunshot wounds to the back as if the man was running from or to something. Perhaps both. Their cloth ing tells the rest of the story. An empty pistol holster is attached to the belts of both men with the pistols that should be secured in themmissing. These men did not come to the Ivory Tower for a lighthearted evening and a drink as so many before. Rather, two bold, white letters emblazoned on a leather brassard, afxed to the background of an olive drab uniform make it appar ent that the two men came to the Ivory Tower as Peacekeepers. That night, Soldiers of the 716th Military Police Battalion (MP BN) were conducting law enforcement operations alongside host nation civilian and military police in Saigon just like countless nights before. Shortly before midnight, both Private First Class (PFC) James Workman and Sergeant (SGT) Eugene Cox serving with the 716th MP BN are shot dead inside of the Ivory Tower bar. The aim of this ar ticle is simple, to honor their legacy and retell a forgotten story of two men who lived up to the values echoed through out generations of law enforcement of cers by those two simple letters: MP. About 100 miles north of Saigon, the Vietnam War rages underneath a canopy of thick and unforgiving jungle. In Saigon, however, the scene is differ ent. Vietnamese Capital Police, Army of the Republic of Vietnam MPs (ARVN MPs), and United States Army Military Police (MP) from the 716th MP BN roam the city streets conducting joint law enforcement operations. In 1969 the Tet Offensive of 1968 remains vivid in the minds of many living in Saigon, to in clude the 716th MP BN. The Tet Offen sive of January 30th, 1968 was an NVA offensive intended to incite a popular uprising against US forces through simultaneously attacking Saigon, US military bases and other communi ties throughout South Vietnam. The 716th MP BN was credited with being instrumental to defending the streets of Saigon and important facilities such as radio towers and the US embassy. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Tet Offensive. The 716th MP BNs primary mis sion was to conduct law enforcement operations in Saigon. SGT Cox arrived in theater on July 29th, 1968 with PFC Cox arriving shortly thereafter on July 30th, 1968. SGT Cox, 21, entered the Army in 1967, leaving his home in Jackson Heights, NY. PFC Workman, 20, of Beaver Falls, PA, volunteered for the Army at approximately the same time as Cox. Both Cox and Workman were assigned to B Company (CO), located on the main thoroughfare downtown in a former hotel whose European archi tecture stands as a constant reminder Lex Et Ordo at the Ivory Tower PFC James H. Workman, 716th Military Police SGT Eugene T. Cox, 716th Military Police
www.MPRAonline.org 21 LTC S. Joel Schuldt, second from the left, and CSM Jose Shorey, far right, presenting a 716th MP BN Helmet to the Cox brothers. of the French colonial legacy in Viet nam. B CO was one of three COs in the BN deployed to Vietnam. MP Soldiers assigned to the 716th MP BN worked a constant rotation of 12 hour shifts, each with a patrol supervisor who was a SGT or above in charge of essentially resolv ing issues that individual patrols could not. American MPs did not have any jurisdiction over local Vietnamese civil ians, as SP4 Don Klecak, one of Coxs roommates, remarked we dont touch them and we dont have the power to arrest them. Hence, the MPs rode in what was called a Combined Patrol or CP for short. This patrol included one jeep with three American MPs, a second jeep with three South Vietnamese civil ian police, and a third jeep with three ARVN MPs. On the night of the incident, SGT Cox, PFC Workman and SP4 James Hogan mounted a jeep and began their patrol at approximately 1830 hours after conducting a guard mount brief ing. They rendezvoused with the ARVN MPs and South Vietnamese Capital Police at the PMO before departing into Saigon. At approximately 2330 hours, they were dispatched to the Ivory Tower bar for a disturbance. As tensions rose between an Army Staff Sergeant (SSG) and an ARVN ofcer, an American Sol dier ran out of the bar to call the Army MPs. After arriving at the Ivory Tower at approximately 2350 hours, Workman, Cox, and a Capital Police ofcer enter the building and proceed to the third oor of the tower to nd a US Army SSG Calvin Yates and a South Vietnam ese Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) named Nguyen Viet Can arguing. Hogan stayed with the jeep outside to monitor the radio while the ARVN MPs returned to the PMO to conduct shift change. LTC Can was accompanied by two Cap tains (CPT) Due Nzoe Nuoi and Pham Vam Bach. LTC Can and SSG Yates were arguing after LTC Can was offended by the way he was addressing a Vietnam ese woman at the bar. Before Cox and Workman arrived, SSG Yates testied that the three ARVN ofcers forced him at gunpoint to stay and drink with LTC
22 www.MPRAonline.org Can while CPT Nuoi warned him that If you go, youre going to go feet rst, were going to blow your brains out. SGT Cox greeted LTC Can with Good evening sir before telling Yates to exit the bar with the MPs. Can refused to let the MPs leave, yelling at the civil ian police ofcer where are the ARVN MPs?! The civilian police ofcer rushes down to his jeep to request ARVN MPs on the scene. Can then knocks the helmet off one of the MPs with his hand before drawing a hand gun. Neither Cox nor Workman drew their weapons and instead wrestled with Can to force the weapon out of his hand. Ill kill you both! yells Can at the two MPs. During the struggle, Can shot himself in the leg and CPT Nuoi drew another pistol on the two MPs. Yates immediately runs for cover in an adjacent room. Shots ring out as Nuoi shoots Workman in the leg and chest. Workman collapses on the oor, reeling in pain. While the chaos ensues inside, Hogan is reporting shots red to the dispatcher and requests assistance. The patrol supervisor, SGT Robert Corneld, was at the PMO desk standing next to a Vietnamese police radio and an Ameri can MP radio when both start scream ing with indiscernible chatter followed by gunre. Corneld rallies the new shift of ARVN MPs and civilian police, rushing to the scene. Back at the Ivory Tower, Can and one of the two CPTs shoot Workman in the stomach as he is laying on the oor. Cox runs down the stairs from the third oor with the three Vietnamese ofcers in pursuit. Catch ing up to Cox, the ofcers release a hail of bullets into his back and head, killing him instantly. Corneld and the other ofcers were too late. When they arrived on scene, Can and the two other ofcers had ed while Cox and Workman lay in pools of warm blood in the bar. Corneld and the other patrols quickly tracked Can down to a local hospital where he was receiving treatment for his gunshot wound. ARVN MPs took control of the scene in that moment, later bringing the three to trial on December 17th, 1969. The Evening Times of Sayre, PA reported that LTC Can was brought to trial on charges of aggravated assault while both CPT Bach and Nuoi were charged with murder. The ve man tribunal composed of four ARVN of cers and one South Vietnamese civilian judge ruled that there was insufcient evidence to reach a conviction despite SSG Yates detailed testimony during the trial. Nearly a year later, The Kane Republican from Kane, PA reported on a second trial held on September 9th, 1970. Three South Vietnamese ofcers were found guilty yesterday of the cabaret slayings of two US military policemen the articles rst line reads. During this trial, Can was charged with manslaughter while Nuoi and Bach still faced murder charges. The tribunal found all three guilty of their accused crimes but decided to suspend the sentences, resulting in no appar ent jail time or further legal action from the courts. Justice, in some form, was served with the conclusion of the second trial but that is not where the story ends. On May 13th, 2018 Eugene Cox and James Workman were added to the National Law Enforcement Ofcers Memorial located in Washington, DC. Their names join the names of over 20,000 other ofcers who sacriced everything in the service of others. The year is 2018. Time has a way of muddling memories and clouding the past to the point, if one does not at tempt to preserve it, the past is wholly forgotten. Saigon is now Ho Chi Minh City. The 716th MP BN is composed of a new generation of Soldiers. However, the MP brassard is still worn on the left shoulder as a symbol of the values and legacy unique to Army law enforce ment ofcers. Once the friends, fami lies, comrades and loved ones of SGT Cox and PFC Workman pass, who will remember their story? Who will honor their legacy? "It is important for us [the 716th MP BN] to honor SGT Cox and PFC Work mans legacy. Without a legacy, a unit does not have an identity, a basis or in spiration for the values it espouses says LTC S. Joel Schuldt, current commander of the 716th MP BN, the 716th MP BN remembers and honors the legacy of these two Soldiers as they performed their duty with honor. What does it mean to be an MP? Those letters stand for the same prin ciples and values today as they did 40 years ago during the Vietnamese conict. SGT Cox and PFC Workman risked everything, without hesitation, to defend a fellow Soldier as MPs currently serving at home and abroad continue to do. Although the mission of the MP Corps has evolved to meet new threats over the years, the guiding principles of MPs and the willingness to make sacri ces in the service of others endures. Assist, Protect, Defend. By 2LT Michael A. Giles It is important for us [the 716th MP BN] to honor SGT Cox and PFC Workmans legacy. Without a legacy, a unit does not have an identity, a basis or inspiration for the values it espouses says LTC S. Joel Schuldt, current commander of the 716th MP BN, the 716th MP BN remembers and honors the legacy of these two Soldiers as they performed their duty with honor.
TRAINING GETS MORE INTENSE FOR THE 46TH MILITARY POLICE COMPANYIt has been 10 days since the 46th Military Police Company has landed in Poland, living off of the environ ment, dealing with frigid nights, blister ing days, and lack of sleep. The members of this unit remain strong and motivated to complete mission-based training dur ing exercise Saber Strike. First Squad, 2nd Platoon of the 46th MP CO com pleted a quick reaction force mission the night before, and members of this squad were running on roughly about two hours of sleep. Their next mission task was a route recon. Staff Sgt. Shawn Williams, a squad leader, assigned to the 46th MP Company, lead the recon mission, as it was time for his squad to be evaluated. Its always good to get the troops out there, we got a lot of brand new soldiers, so its a good experience for them and its good experience for us training these soldiers, said Williams. I have two corporals who are learning their role as a team leader, its great experience for them because they are newer at that position. During the units down time Wil liams would provide additional training to his squad on things such as weapons and other tools that would be useful out in the eld, especially when it came to their mission. All missions arent perfect, and there are challenges along the way. The main challenge was when our comms went down and when our DAGR [Defense Advance GPS Receiver] stopped functioning properly, said Pvt. 1st Class, Joshua West, a gunner, as signed to the 46th MP CO. The unit had to improvise quickly by shouting commands and rerouting in order to continue their mission. This simulated what could happen in the real world when equipment malfunctions while on a mission. As a part of the scenario members of the unit had to respond to injured comrades while under re from the op position. We had a wounded casualty. We pulled him out [of the vehicle], [and] assessed him for other injuries and was able to stabilize him and put him back in to the vehicle, said Cpl. Oliver Fiala, a team leader, assigned to the 46th MP CO. During this simulation the soldiers remained vigilant in their task and drills, despite roughly having two hours of sleep. You know adrenaline is a great thing. You may be tired but once things kick, exhaustion is the last thing you have to worry about, said Williams Being here instead of Grayling, where every one knows where everything is, helps us avoid complacency. Overall I think the mission went pretty well, there is a lot of ne tuning we can do, said Williams If you dont fail youre not trying, if youre not trying youre never going to learn anything. There will be more intense training with the 46th MP CO as the exercise continues. The company maintains unit cohesion and high morale throughout Saber Strike 18, which adds to the goal of promoting interoperability between U.S. forces, allies, and partners in the Baltic region. Story by Cpl. Tristin Maximilian 1. Cpl. Oliver Fiala, a team leader assigned to the 46th Military Police Company, based out of Corunna, Michigan, helps his teammate take a simulated casualty to safety during a practical exercise. (Photos by Cpl. Tristin Maximilian/Released) 2. A combat medic directs Shawn Williams, a squad leader, assigned to the 46th Military Police Company, to where his injured soldier is located, in a practical exercise, June 5, 2018 in Kanotop, Poland. 3. Soldiers assigned to the 46th Military Police Company receive orders for their next mission while working on roughly two hours of sleep. 4. Staff Sgt. Shawn Williams, a squad leader assigned to the 46th Military Police Company, gives instruction to Pvt. 1st Class Joshua West, a gunner for the 46th Military Police Company, on his role for their next convoy, June 5, 2018 at Land Forces Training Center Drawsko, Poland. 1 2 3 4www.MPRAonline.org 23
24 www.MPRAonline.org In the late fall of 1965, the National Military Command Center (NMCC) became fully operational. As a coordination hub for global military operations and a conduit of multinational situational awareness for senior government ofcials, this facility quickly became the nerve center for the nations armed forces. Recognizing a decit with regard to critical site security, the Director of the Joint Staff Lieutenant General David A. Burchinal (USAF) solicited nominations from the service branches to staff a small, but very effective, military security unit. LtGen Burchinal further mandated that nominees must be distinguished in military bearing, resourceful, tactful, and be able to operate with high ranking civilian and military personnel and that they must meet the highest professional and personnel security requirements in order to qualify for access to special intelligence information. Today, the Military Security Force (MSF) serves as a Special Reaction Team to the NMCC and the Global Situational Awareness Facility as well as the 190+ Joint Staff classied storage facilities. Additionally, the MSF monitors the intrusion detection, CBRN alarm, and re suppression systems for the Joint Staff footprint. One of the most visible aspects of MSF duty is the requirement to serve as the Chairmans Ceremonial Guard where members provide security for the Chairman and his allied foreign counterparts during strategic level conferences intended to enhance diplomatic commitments in the global ght against terrorism. As members of the Joint Staff, the MSF rotates between the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, and Air Force on an annual basis. In July 2018, the Army Joint Staff Military Security Force Army MPs Protecting the National Military Command Infrastructure TOMORROWS MP
www.MPRAonline.org 25relinquishes their responsibility as the 53rd Joint Staff Military Security Force to the United States Marine Corps. During their tour of duty, this team of 16 Noncommissioned Ofcers earned one Defense Meritorious Service Medal, six Joint Service Commendation Medals, nine Joint Service Achievement Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, eight Army Achievement Medals, seven Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medals, one Masters Degree, two Bachelors Degrees, one Associate Degree, 16 letters of appreciation from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Provost Marshal General, innumerable coins, and 16 Joint Chiefs of Staff Identication Badges. These Army Military Police seized opportunities for excellence at every turn. Being part of the Military Security Force offers MPs a rare opportunity to have a glimpse into the strategic level discussions that serve as the underpinnings for tactical actions as far down as the individual warghter. Additionally, exposure to some of the nations most sensitive information lends itself to a degree of mystique tempered by the fact that the protection of such information is the sole catalyst for the creation of the MSF. Contact with the Secretary of Defense, Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Director and Vice Director of the Joint Staff is not an unusual occurrence. Achieving this degree of access to senior DoD military and civilian leadership is exceptionally rare for most Military Police, let alone MPs at skill level two and three. Observing senior leaders as they navigate real-world crises with a national nexus certainly puts unit-level leadership into perspective when faced with less volatile leadership challenges. Working on the Joint Staff Military Security Force is a privilege reserved for Noncommissioned Ofcers at the pinnacle of professionalism. The next U.S. Army rotation is slated for selection in late 2019 with a summer 2020 report. If you have, or can obtain, a TS/SCI clearance, are physically t, have exceptional military bearing and character beyond reproach, the MSF may be right for you! Story by Master Sergeant John W. RussellMaster Sergeant Russell is the NCOIC of the Joint Staff Military Security Force. He holds a Masters In Professional Studies in Security and Safety Leadership from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and the Physical Security Professional Certication from the Defense Security Service. My year on the Joint military from a different Sergeant and Sergeant level. I immensely enjoyed SSG Stacy Harris
26 www.MPRAonline.org amous author and humorist Mark Twain apocryphally said, If you tell the truth, you dont have to remember anything. Today, he might have added that if your words dont speak the truth, then your biometrics will. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) demonstrated this in February 2018, when it arrested a Saudi citizen living in Okla homa and charged him with visa fraud and making false statements to the FBI. Fingerprints recovered from documents found in Afghanistan placed the man, Naif Abdulaziz M. Alfallaj, at an Al Qaeda train ing camp in 2000. Alfallaj allegedly omit ted this phase of his life when petitioning for a U.S. visa. Alfallaj expected that his history in Afghanistan would remain unknown to U.S. authorities. In past eras, he would have succeeded in this subterfuge by merely crossing jurisdictional lines and possess ing genuine-looking documents. However, in todays counterterrorism environment, forensic science and biometric technolo gies give law enforcement a decisive edge in discovering such evasions and fabrications. Whatever the data sourcedomestic criminal les, immigration records, or forensic exploitation on foreign battleelds, to name a fewidentity information can be applied anywhere and by any agency with access to it, within proper authorities. Pro viding that access to those who need it is a top interagency and international priority in the ght against terrorism.f A myriad of biometric databases exists worldwide, backed by national govern ments as well as states, provinces, and mu nicipalities. Each has a specic mission and different set of capabilities. However, stan dardization in data storage and transmis sion enables conformant systems to share information between and check against one another, signicantly multiplying each systems potential to catch criminals and terrorists. The U.S. federal government oper ates three primary biometric repositories, owned by the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS), Justice (DOJ), and Defense (DOD), as well as various smaller systems. Each of the big three serves distinct users and purposes, but is capable of interfacing with the other two in support of homeland and national security. By far the largest is DHS Automated Biometric Identication System, known as IDENT, which holds information on more than 200 million unique identities. This volume of data is mostly due to the DHS presence at U.S. borders and its manage ment of the immigration system, but its law enforcement, investigative, and intelligence components contribute, as well. DHS is replacing IDENT with an upgraded system known as Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART), which will be better able to handle multimodal records con taining face, ngerprint, and iris images. Work on HART commenced recently, fol lowing a contract award in February 2018. The FBI, within the DOJ, operates the second-largest U.S. federal database. Next Generation Identication (NGI), replaced the FBIs legacy ngerprint-based system in 2014. NGI is a modern, multimodal data base that serves customer agencies across the United States with services including a national Rap Back service, the Interstate Photo System, and ngerprint verication. It stores more than 74 million criminal les. DOD is the third leg of the stool. At only 17 million records, the DOD Automated Biometric Identication System (ABIS) is the smallest of the big three U.S. federal databases, but it proportionately contains the most dangerous population set. DOD biometrics are focused on military opera tions and providing data that can secure its forces and facilities back home. If a terrorist identied on a battleeld years ago tries to get a job at a U.S. military base, DOD ABIS will spot him or her. DOD ABIS enables wide-ranging missions including military law enforcement, anti-terrorism, force protection, intelligence, physical and logical access control, insider threat detection, identity management, credentialing, deten tion, and interception operations. An essential component of the last 15 years of U.S. operations overseas has been gathering identity information from and about threat actors. U.S. and coalition forc es have done so through a variety of means, such as the biometric enrollment of detain ees, forensic exploitation of bomb frag ments and sensitive sites, routine patrols, and base access controls. These collection efforts in the eld and information sharing in the background enable the U.S. govern ment to deny anonymity to its enemies at any point of encounter. DOD produces a Biometric-Enabled Watchlist (BEWL) and collaborates with DHS and DOJ daily to promulgate it for whole-of-government use. Watchlisted terrorists and criminals can be identied by their biometrics by Special Operations soldiers on a raid, Border Patrol agents in Arizona, or a Los Angeles County Identity as a Counter-Terrorism Tool Faces in Crowds
www.MPRAonline.org 27 sheriffs deputy booking someone who ap pears to be just a small-time criminal. In one case, U.S. forces at Kosovos Pristina Airport biometrically enrolled a criminal subject and nominated him to the BEWL in 2013. The subject legally changed his name and traveled to Canada several months later. Name-based checks on his past were ineffective. When attempting to cross into New York, however, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents checked his biometrics against the BEWL and discov ered that he was a match. The subject ini tially denied having a criminal record, but later confessed after border authorities were able to confront him with details from DOD records. The subjects entry to the United States was denied. This case highlights the vulnerability of name-based checks to manipulation, but also the robust capability of biometric enrollments and information sharing. After all of the subjects efforts to avoid detection, his own ngerprints gave him away.fThe biometric identity capability took on added gravity, following the military defeat of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria and Iraq, which recruited approximately 40,000 foreigners to ght on its behalf there. Many were killed or detained there; how ever, someestimates indicate more than 5,000are still free and will want to return (or have returned) home. ISIS members and other foreign terrorist ghters (FTFs) have conducted and will continue to be called to perpetrate attacks abroad and in their home nations. Knowing their identity is key to tracking them, identifying them when they travel, denying them anonymity, and stopping them. Its not just the United States working on this. The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) has historically taken on a leading role in sharing criminal identity information across borders and is playing a similar role in counterterrorism efforts. INTERPOL currently holds bio metric data on approximately 41,000 FTFs. INTERPOLs Project FIRST (Facial, Imaging, Recognition, Searching and Tracking) fa cilitates the availability of this information to member states law enforcement agen cies. Of particular importance to this effort is INTERPOLs National Central Bureau in Baghdad, Iraq, which is well placed to coun ter the remaining elements of ISIS through law enforcement action. INTERPOL recently teamed with the U.S. Department of State and International In stitute for Justice and the Rule of Law to or ganize the two-day Conference on Mobiliz ing Law Enforcement Efforts to Defeat ISIS in February 2018. The conference brought together diplomatic and law enforcement authorities from nearly 90 countries to coordinate on meeting the ISIS threat. Some of the objectives were to promote the awareness of tools such as battleeld evidence, biometrics, and watchlists; use of data obtained outside of traditional law enforcement activities, including informa tion collected during armed conicts; and exchange of biometric identiers. Leaders commented that ISIS is seeking refuge in countries outside of Syria and Iraq; that biometrics is a critical tool to verify identity; and that global collaboration by, with, and through international partners must be sustained to defeat ISIS. Faces in Crowds
28 www.MPRAonline.orgThis conference came in the wake of United Nations (UN) Security Council Reso lution 2396, unanimously passed in Decem ber 2017. This measure calls upon member states to counter movement by violent ex tremists through improved border control, criminal justice, and information sharing. It explicitly directs biometric collections at transit points and encourages member states to share relevant information with other states. It further directs the develop ment of terrorist watchlists and databases for use in a whole-of-government fashion by law enforcement, border security, and the military to detect and counter the threat. This Security Council resolution provides legitimacy to the collection and distribu tion of identity information, biometric and otherwise, which some UN member states may have questioned in the past. The threat of former ISIS ghters striking close to home has had a clarifying effect on the issue. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is similarly changing its operational paradigm. Although long involved with biometric collections in military opera tions, NATO has historically refrained from sharing data outside the operating area (Afghanistan, generally). In June, though, NATO formally revised this policy by action of the North Atlantic Council and Secretary General, following immense prepara tory efforts by NATOs Defence Against Terrorism Programme of Work. With the new policy, NATO may share biometrics collected during its military operations with member states law enforcement and border security agencies. This will facilitate information sharing not just among NATO members, but potentially with INTERPOL and the European Unions policing agency, EUROPOL. The objective is to ensure that data collected during NATO-led operations are accessible to those who need it, such as local law enforcement agencies.fWith the increasing prevalence of bio metric technology, more local law enforce ment organizations are nding ways to incorporate it into their equipment and operations. While these efforts are usually aimed at local needs such as identifying individuals with outstanding warrants or streamlining the booking process, it is also possible for agencies to link up with larger databases, including federal ones, to increase vigilance in support of counterter rorism. The FBI provides a means of doing this through its Repository for Individuals of Special Concern program (RISC). First elded in 2011, RISC makes a subset of U.S. national ngerprint data available via download to law enforcement ofcers bio metric mobile devices. The FBI distributes a regularly updated RISC database contain ing ngerprints of high-interest individuals, including known and suspected terror ists, violent criminals, sexual predators, and other individuals of special interest. Law enforcement ofcers enroll subjects ngerprints directly on a mobile biometric device and are able to see almost instantly if the individual is in the RISC data set downloaded to the device. To access these data, local law enforcement agencies need to have or purchase compatible mobile devices and coordinate RISC access with their state ngerprint or biometric agency. Besides RISC, agencies are also using other biometric systems in the United States, as seen in the following examples: Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS): The Texas DPS maintains an automated n gerprint identication system (AFIS) to keep ngerprint records of all persons previously arrested in the state. It currently holds data on more than 4.8 million individuals. In addition to FBI-compliant livescan units used at police stations for arrests through out Texas, mobile ngerprint devices deployed by local law enforcement agencies can capture live and latent prints for rapid identication. Transmission of ngerprint captures to the AFIS will return results in near-real time. In addition to AFIS, mobile users can interface with RISC records. Local in-state agencies may purchase their own mobile devices as long as they meet DPS requirements. Los Angeles County, California: The Los Angeles County Regional Identication System (LACRIS) is a multimodal biometric system that serves the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department and 46 municipal law enforcement agencies within the county, in cluding the Los Angeles Police Department. The system provides matching against the California Identication System (CAL-ID), and updates arrest records based on each identication.14 It has steadily grown in capability in recent years, to include mobile ngerprint capture tools for both live and latent prints, as well as facial recognition.15Washington, DC, Metropolitan Area: Although its name may imply only one area is involved, the Northern Virginia Regional Identication System (NOVARIS) encom passes local law enforcement agencies in Washington, DC; Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties in Maryland; and seven agencies in northern Virginia. Housed and maintained by Fairfax County, Virginia, the system allows cross-jurisdictional data sharing and provides increased process ing speed. It offers multimodal capabili ties including palm, livescan and latent ngerprints, and facial recognition. The region has also added mobile ngerprinting capabilities through the use of handheld devices. Pinellas County, Florida: The Pinellas County Sheriffs Ofce has been employing facial recognition technology since 2001 and has collected more than 30 million im ages. It uses this capability for corrections, mobile bookings, and investigations, and partners with 193 other agencies around the United States, including 35 county sheriffs. Users can record facial images on mobile devices and send queries from the eld, typically getting a gallery of potential matches back within 30 seconds.bDOD assists law enforcement in inter agency efforts by sharing its information to identify criminals and known or suspected terrorists who may have entered the United States under false pretenses. In addition, DOD law enforcement agencies actively uti lize biometric databases as part of their own operational capabilities. For example, the "If you tell the truth, you dont have to remember anything. Mark T wain
www.MPRAonline.org 29 Naval Criminal Investigative Service often conducts biometric enrollments during in vestigations of transnational crime relevant to the Navy and adds those data to the DOD database. U.S. Marine Corps law enforce ment battalions routinely enroll roleplayers employed in live training exercises that simulate Iraqi or Afghan villages. The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command uses biometrics like any other law enforce ment agency and is a daily customer of FBI systems, but it is also able to obtain and provide data from terror threats overseas. These collections may be the DoDs data initially, but such data are shared with the FBI and DHS almost immediately. Apart from the FBI, DHS, or DOD organi zations, other U.S. federal law enforcement agencies also utilize or are moving to utilize biometrics in their operations. The Depart ment of States Diplomatic Security Service is now accessing DOD ABIS to vet local nationals who seek employment at U.S. em bassies abroad. The U.S. Marshals Service is leading a working group on biometrics with an end goal of creating and then integrating its own biometric database with the other interagency databases. The U.S. Secret Service is also establishing a work ing group to consider how it might access current interagency databases. The Drug Enforcement Agency is currently examining the possibility of accessing the BEWL. This volume of collaboration bodes well for U.S. national securityand poorly for criminals and terrorists. A novel example of DOD sharing infor mation with law enforcement focused on a long-missing deserter and military prison escapee. In 2014, the U.S. Army provided the U.S. Marshals Service with 1970s-era photos of a soldier who escaped from the military prison at Fort Leavenworth in 1977 while serving a 23-year sentence for a murder con viction. The Marshals queried state photo databases and found a match from a Florida drivers license under an assumed name. The fugitive was arrested without incident in Broward County, Florida, and, according to a U.S. Marshal associated with the case, The rst words out of his mouth were, I knew this would catch up with me one day.The real-world individuals proled herethe Saudi who trained with Al Qaeda, the Kosovar criminal with a false name, and the fugitive living a double lifeall proved adept at ignoring Mark Twains advice. Each was able to keep a story straight for years, creating certain false details like names or leaving out certain key facts like past asso ciations. But in each case, their webs of lies were undone by their own bodies physical traits. International criminals and terror ists do and will display similar ingenuity in their attempts to evade authorities; howev er, sharing identity information, especially biometrics, provides law enforcement and its partners with a means to deny these in dividuals success. Law enforcement knows who these criminals areand knows how to identify themand they cant do a thing about it. By Glenn Krizay, Director; Gerald Reimers, Senior Advisor to the Director; John McMullen, Business Enterprise Specialist; and Matthew McLaughlin, Strategic Communications, Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency
30 www.MPRAonline.orgFort Stewart, Ga. -Military working dog handlers with 93rd Military Working Dog (MWD) Detachment, 385th Military Police Battalion, conducted police dog train ing at Fort Stewarts George P. Hays Library Aug. 3, 2018. The training prepares military working dogs to operate in different environments and scenarios, said Spc. Christopher Diak, an MWD Handler with 93rd MWD Det. There are two types of K9 training the MWDs go through patrol and enhanced detection. MWDs are trained to exercise obedience and controlled ag gression when patrolling and detect weapons of mass destruc tion, improvised explosive devices, and narcotics when searching. My dog Alan and I have been working together for the last year and a half, said Diak. Today Alan will work on basic obedience and controlled aggression. Then he will search the library. The MWDs go through four hours of patrol dog skills and four hours of enhanced detection training every week, said Pfc. Jerrold Wilkins, a dog handler with 93rd MWD Det. Wilkins said the controlled aggression training helps MWDs to chase running suspects and remain aware that the handler is there and still in charge. Wilkins said, When you work with a dog it is just like being a noncommissioned ofcer. Regardless of your rank, youre responsible for someones life. If my dog is messed up, Im messed up. Story by Spc. Derek GreavesK9 s TRAIN AT FORT STEWART Spc. Christopher Diak, a military working dog handler with 93rd Military Working Dog Detachment, 385th Military Police Battalion, gets a congratulatory hug from his MWD, Alan, after completing obedience training on Fort Stewart, Ga. Aug.03, 2018. Diak has worked with Alan for the last year and a half. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jason Greaves) Pfc. Jerrold Wilkins, a military working dog handler with 93rd Military Working Dog Detachment, 385th Military Police Battalion, performs controlled aggression training with a military working dog on Fort Stewart, Georgia, Aug. 3, 2018. The dogs and their handlers train eight hours a week to operate in different environments and scenarios. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jason Greaves)
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32 www.MPRAonline.org MP HISTORY On 3 December 2015, the Secretary of Defense directed the full-scale integration of women in the US Armed Forces. This historic initiative provides all Service Members with the opportunity to serve in any Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) regard less of gender. Women have served in the United States Army since the Revolution ary War and today, more than 174,000 women serve in the Regular Army, Army Reserves, and the Army National Guard. The Military Police Corps Regiment can boast a large measure of satisfaction in leading the way in gender in tegration and this article pro vides abbreviated examples of the signicant contributions and roles that women Soldiers have had in strengthening, sustaining, and developing our great Army while serving as members of the Military Police Corps Regiment. On 27 November 1972, the rst female MPs began advanced individual training for Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 95B at Fort Gordon, Georgia, and on 26 January 1973, twenty-one of the initial twenty-four female Soldiers graduated. On 8 July 1977, the rst gender-integrated class of Military Police One-StationUnit-Training (OSUT) began at Fort McClellan, Alabama. On 18 May 1978, Major General Mary E. Clarke was appointed as the 31st Com mandant of the US Army Mili tary Police School. The rst female (and one of only two) to serve in this capacity. On 1 October 1985, She rian Grace Cadoria became the rst African-American female to achieve the rank of ag grade ofcer in the US Army. At the time of her retirement in 1990, she was the highest ranking female in the US Army, holding the rank of brigadier general. She ini tially served in the Womens Army Corps before transfer ring to the Military Police Corps in the early 1970s. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Sherian Grace Cadoria was inducted into the Military Police Corps Regiment's Hall of Fame in 2000. On 20 December 1989, during Operation Just Cause, Captain Linda Bray led the 988th Military Police Com pany in an assault against Panamanian Defense Forces and is considered the rst female Soldier to directly lead US troops in combat. Bray was awarded the Army Com mendation Medal for Valor. On 22 March 1996, Ser geant Heather Lynn Johnsen (assigned to the 289th Mili tary Police Company) became the rst female Soldier to earn the prestigious Guard Tomb Identication Badge and qualify as a sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. On 31 May 2002, Colonel Colleen L. McGuire became the rst female Comman dant of the US Disciplinary Barracks, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.Women Soldiersin the US Army Military Police Corps Regiment
www.MPRAonline.org 33www.MPRAonline.org 33 On 15 January 2010, Brigadier General Colleen L. McGuire assumed responsi bility as the Provost Marshal General of the US Army and concurrently, assumed com mand of the US Army Crimi nal Investigation Command during a ceremony held at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Since its establishment as a major command on 17 September 1971, Brigadier General Mc Guire qualied as the tenth Commanding General of the US Army Criminal Investiga tion Command and the thirteenth Provost Marshal General of the Army since 1941. She was the rst female Soldier to hold both of these key duty positions. On 9 March 2005 during a formal ceremony held at Fort Lewis, Washington, Jennifer Redfern was promoted to Chief Warrant Ofcer 5 by Major General Donald Ryder, Commanding General, Crim inal Investigation Command. Assigned as the operations ofcer with the 22nd Military Police Battalion (CID), Red fern was the rst female CID Special Agent to achieve the coveted rank of CW5. On 20 March 2005 and for the rst time since World War II, a female Soldier was awarded the Silver Star. Sergeant Leigh Ann Hester of the 617th Military Police Company (a National Guard unit out of Richmond, Ken tucky) earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action during combat operations in Iraq. On 25 November 2008, Chief Warrant Ofcer 4 (promotable) T.L. Williams became the second (and rst female) Regimental Chief Warrant Ofcer of the US Army Military Police Corps Regiment. On 16 April 2010 as part of a major transforma tion of the US Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) to meet new and emerging challenges associat ed with Overseas Contingen cy Operations, Chief Warrant Ofcer 5 T.L. Williams was appointed as Command Chief Warrant Ofcer of CID. She was the rst Special Agent to hold the singular title of Com mand Chief Warrant Ofcer. Rated as a master para chutist, Colonel (Retired) Mary A. Maier was the rst female to command the 16th Military Police Brigade (Air borne) and the only ofcer to command this unit twice. She commanded the 16th MP Brigade from June 1995 to July 1997 and again in August 2009 when she was voluntarily recalled from retirement to command this unit again in support of Operation Endur ing Freedom. On 21 August 2015, First Lieutenant Shaye Haver and Captain Kristen Griest received their Ranger tabs, becoming the rst women to successfully complete the US Armys Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia a grueling course that puts a premium on physical strength and endurance. Haver, an Apache helicopter pilot, and Griest, a Military Police ofcer, com pleted the course to the same standards as their 94 male classmates. On 14 July 2017, Brigadier General Donna W. Martin became the 49th Comman dant of the US Army Military Police School. She took com mand of the US Army Maneu ver Support Center of Excel lence (MSCoE) on 28 August 2018 with promotion to Major General; thus, she is the rst female Commanding General of the MSCoE. On many different levels, women in the Military Police Corps Regiment have led the way and continue to dem onstrate that every Soldier regardless of gender can achieve his or her full poten tial while serving in the US Army. They have consistently proven that the two corner stones to advancement and a successful military career are duty performance and demonstrated leadership potential. Story by Ronney Z. Miller, USAMPS/MPCR Historian
34 www.MPRAonline.org New Acquisitions at the MuseumMPs Support Heritage and Traditions with the Old GuardThe museum recently acquired two unique but related uniforms that Military Police Soldiers for important and highly visible heritage and tradi nated her uniform to the Military (now Captain) was selected for this she led the drill team in drill and goodwill ambassadors across the I am honored and proud for this opportunity to represent the Army, women and my country, said Glover after she was selected for the position. I hope I do inspire other women and Soldiers just as I was inspired by my mother, who also served in the military.Above, 1LT Glover, commander of the U.S. Army Drill Team and Glovers MP ocers service cap pictured left. NOTES: "1st Female MP Ofcer Takes Command of the U.S. Army Drill Team (USADT)" MPRA Dragoon, page 16, February 2015 http://ncojournal.dodlive.mil/2017/02/22/4th-female-sentinel-proud-to-revere-tombs-unknown-soldiers/ http://www.oldguard.mdw.army.mil/specialty-platoons/us-drill-team http://www.oldguard.mdw.army.mil/specialty-platoons/tomb-of-the-unknown http://www.army.mil/article/20722/Buff_Strap
www.MPRAonline.org 35 The museum also recently acquired a geant of the guard uniform with ac at the Tomb of the Unknowns at relief commander for the Changing of Its a role for other females to look up to, but at the same time, from my point of view Im just a sergeant in the United States Army who wants to do a job, said Hanks about her service as a Tomb Sentinel. SSG Ruth Hanks, sergeant of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Hanks sentinel service cap, commonly referred to as a bus driver cap. Hanks specially customized pistol holster and ceremonial enlisted belt. Hanks shoes illustrate the special metal sole taps and heel clicker. Hanks Tomb Guard Identication Badge. The distinctive insignia of the 3d Infantry depicts a Revolutionary War cocked hat. Both uniforms exhibit a Bu Strap on the left shoulder, a distinctive unit trimming of the 3d Infantry Regiment.
36 www.MPRAonline.org MPRA CONNECTION In 2004, the military police community in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts came together to form one of our rst Military Police Regimental Association chapters. The First Corps of Cadets (FCC) Chapter was named for the original American military unit that was established there in 1741. People often hear our chapter name and think West Point or Texas A&M, but in fact, in the 18th century, the term cadet meant a branch of a distinguished family in military service and it was those individuals who initially served as guards of the Royal Governor before America became a country that our chapter is named after, said Lieutenant Colonel Bryan Pillai. Over this units almost 300 year history, it has been an infantry, engineer, armor, signal, and artillery unit. In 1996, it was reagged as the 211th Military Police Battalion. The FCC Chapter is sponsored by the local Veteran Association of the First Corps of Cadets. In fact, this association actually owns an historic brownstone in Boston, Mass. that houses a small museum and provides meeting and ofce space for the chapter. In the past, National Guard units would occasionally own the buildings they drilled in. In the 1960s, our unit sold an outmoded armory previously used for drill and purchased the brownstone. Its been with the unit ever since, said Pillai. One unique aspect of being sponsored by the FCC Veteran Association is that there is a wing of the brownstone that houses a museum that tells the story of the FCC unit, including its Military Police service members. The museum curator keeps track of and displays a signicant number of artifacts, including items that date back to the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Since the 211th Military Police Battalion today maintains the lineage of the 2nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, were fortunate to have artifacts belonging to Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, whose later service in the famous 54th Massachusetts Infantry was the basis for the 1989 movie, Glory, said Pillai. LTC Pillai has served in the Military Police Corps for 14 years and commanded a company within the 211th MP Battalion. The battalion has supported over 15 deployments since September 11, 2001. I think its important for our entire Regiment to remember that only about 30% of the MP Corps is Active Duty and the other 70% is made up of our National Guard and Reserve Soldiers, said Pillai. Currently, the 211th MP Battalion is partnered with the 3rd MP Regiment of the Canadian Forces and regularly collaborates with the 91st MP Battalion, an active duty unit at Fort Drum, NY. These units train together often and this partnership is crucial to the their collective success when called on to deploy. Even though the unit has spent a great deal of time being deployed around the world, they are still critical to the
www.MPRAonline.org | WHERE YOU MATTERS safety and security of Massachusetts. MPs from the 211th MP Battalion were at the scene of the Boston Marathon bombing and assisted during the active search for the suspect by cordoning off the city limits of Watertown until the suspect was apprehended. In addition to providing security at the Boston Marathon, the unit continues to provide security at other large scale events like Bostons 4th of July celebration. Currently, the 211th MP Battalion is led by LTC Richard Cipro. Cipro is a dual career police professional and is a Sergeant with the Worcester, Mass. police department. As the battalion commander, hell also have his name added to the plaque in the FCC Veterans Association museum alongside every other battalion commander, including John Hancock. Cipro and Pillai are also board members with the FCC MPRA Chapter. Currently, their board meets several times per year and for a number of formal events including a holiday party, a Veterans recognition ceremony, a Memorial Day ceremony, and an annual MP Ball. Their chapter maintains a strong relationship with the National Guard units, as well as Hanscom Air Force Base, by utilizing the Nonprot Liaison Ofcers (NLOs). The NLOs are common in Massachusetts National Guard units and their main mission is to collect information about nonprot organizations and then educate Soldiers within the Guard units about these organizations while keeping within the legal and ethical boundaries set by the Department of Defense. The Nonprot Liaison Ofcers might be unique to Massachusetts, but theyre extremely helpful and if your state has them, Id highly suggest developing a good relationship with them, said Pillai. The FCC Chapter is always looking for ways to improve and grow their chapter. They recently began working to merge their MPRA membership application with the FCC Veteran Association application to streamline things for potential members. They are working on an initiative to eliminate single year memberships to keep in line with the national MPRA organization. We have a great relationship with the MPRA team and we appreciate them working closely with us as we continually look for ways to improve our chapter, said Pillai.
38 www.MPRAonline.orgWHITE TIGERS GONasca RacinOn 6 July, NASCAR driver Ross Chastain strapped on his helmet and slid into his #4 NASCAR xFinity JD Motorsports Camaro sponsored by the Georgia Watermelon Association. He then prepared himself to drive 250 miles at the most famous racetrack in America, Daytona International Speedway. However, this race would be a bit different than most. During this race, Ross would have a special guest along for the ride. As a part of the NASCAR Salutes program, Ross Chastain would have the White Tigers of the 701st Military Police Battalion along for the ride. The NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca Cola program is a multi-week program honoring Soldiers, Veterans and Military Units from across all branches of the mili tary. It began the weekend of Memorial Day at the Coca Cola 600 and culminated on Independence Day weekend at the were given the opportunity to carry units from across all branches of the military on the windshield of their car. The CSM of the 701st Military Police Battalion, Jason VanKleeck, was contacted through they could run his name and the bat talion name on the car at Daytona. CSM VanKleeck, being an avid NASCAR fan, made the trip to Daytona along with his wife to represent the White Tigers of the 701st Military Police Battalion. CSM VanKleeck spent the afternoon with the #4 team as they went through their daily race routine of drivers meeting, fan club BBQ and autograph sessions. He was then present in the pit box as the team When reached for comment about this opportunity, CSM VanKleeck stated, this was a great opportunity for the entire White Tiger family. The Ross Chastain Racing, JD Motorsports group is a great family-oriented organization that truly took pride in representing our organiza tion on their car. It was great to meet many of their fans and be able to speak to them about the great things our White Tiger team, the Military Police Corps Regiment and the Army are doing to protect America with the best trained Military Police professionals. Also, if you love watermelon, go look for the Melon 1 decal when purchasing! You can visit the 701st Military Police Battalion Facebook page for more photos and videos of this awesome day!
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40 www.MPRAonline.orgFor the past ve years, Kelsey Johnston has enjoyed all aspects of her life as a stay at home mom to her three children. In fact, she willingly put her career on hold after she graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in criminal justice in 2010. However, she never fully let go of her professional ambitions. When I got married after college, I knew I wanted to have children and spend time with them, so I made that my top prior ity. Lately, however, I had been researching more about forensic psychology and am nding myself more and more interested in that career eld, said Johnston. Realistically, Johnston knew that even though she was in terested in forensic psychology, it would require an advanced degree and as a family of ve currently living on one income, it simply seemed unattainable. That all changed earlier this year. In early 2018, the Military Police Regimental Association announced a partnership with the University of Phoenix to offer a full tuition scholarship to an MPRA standard member or a members family member. For MPRA Grand Canyon chapter president Max Hamlin, this made him immediately think of his step-daughter, Kelsey. When my step-dad, Max Hamlin, told me about the oppor tunity it seemed to be an answer to prayer, said Johnston. Johnston immediately reviewed the opportunity, carefully wrote her essays, submitted them, and then anxiously awaited the results. When she found out that she was the scholarship winner she was extremely excited and surprised. The whole opportunity seemed too good to be true. Max, and my whole family, were so excited and happy for me, said Johnston. Johnston began classes on August 14 and will be working toward a Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in industrial-organizational psychology. Since shell be complet ing the program with three young children at home, Johnston intends to take one class at a time and nish the program in three years. Taking one class at a time will allow me to fully focus my en ergy on my education and absorbing everything so I can get the most out of the program. Its also good timing, as my youngest will be about ready for school when I complete the program and begin looking for full-time employment, said Johnston. Completing a masters program while caring for young children is no easy feat. Johnston is aware of the challenges and speaks highly of her husband, Steve, who is already preparing to support her as she works to achieve her goal. My husband, Steve, has already offered to ensure the kids are entertained on evenings and weekends when I need to com plete coursework, said Johnston. Our entire MPRA team thanks all of those who applied for this scholarship and we sincerely appreciate our partnership with the University of Phoenix. We send a big congratulations to Johnston on this big achievement! We also would like to extend our thanks to Hamlin for his support of the MPRA and his help in spreading the word about this great op portunity. Top: Kelsey with stepdad Max and mother Barbie Bottom: Kelsey with husband Steve and children Steven, Beau and Paige
42 www.MPRAonline.orgDear Military Police Regimental Association, As a recipient of the MPRA Scholarship award this year, I am writing to sincerely thank you. It is a great honor to receive this award, and a great privilege to be presented with this opportunity that will assist me in being able to attend Western Washington University as a full-time student. Being a military child has caused me to move every few years and as a result I have experienced my high school career through three completely different school districts in three different states. I have always strived to do my best academically, maintaining a 3.96 GPA while taking several Advanced Placement classes and being a part of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor So ciety, National Society of High School Scholars, National Technical Honor Society, and the International Thespian Society. I also ventured to be involved with school ex tracurriculars, mainly being drawn to theatre and video production. I wish to continue studying these interests and hope to intertwine them into my future career. I have been drawn to Western Washington University not only by the beautiful landscape that it sits upon, but also by the unique opportunities it provides and the wel coming atmosphere; I am very fortunate to soon call it my home. I do not yet know what the college experience will be like, but I am extremely excited to embark on this new adventure. I wish to graduate from WWU in 2022, with a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science with a minor in Theatre Arts and pursue a career in software development or videography and editing around the Seattle or Vancou ver areas. This Scholarship will help me immensely. My Father has been a member of the MPRA for over 15 years and I have witnessed how involved the Association has been in his profession. When I go to ceremonies with my family at the Military Police Memorial Grove, it is evident just how much the MPRA supports its Soldiers and Leaders; I could not be more overjoyed about the award. Thank you again for your warm generosity. I will not forget your aid and one day hope to give back as you have, encouraging new generations of students to pursue a higher education and accomplish their goals and dreams. Sincerely, Glory SchroederMPRA TOP SCHOLARSHIP AWARDEE Glory Schroeder and her family.
Home State: Pennsylvania Intended Major: History Intended College/University: Pennsylvania State University Scholarship Amount Awarded: $1,000 MPRA Member/Sponsor Name: James BloomHome State: Colorado Intended Major: Education Intended College/University: Liberty University Scholarship Amount Awarded: $1,000 MPRA Member/Sponsor Name: Glenn DiSimonrfntHome State: Kansas Intended Major: Elementary Education Intended College/University: Kansas State University Scholarship Amount Awarded: $1,000 MPRA Member/Sponsor Name: Mark DombrowskibnfntHome State: Kansas Intended Major: Athletic Training Intended College/University: Kansas State University Scholarship Amount Awarded: $1,500 MPRA Member/Sponsor Name: Mark DombrowskinHome State: Missouri Intended Major: Art Education Intended College/University: Missouri State University Scholarship Amount Awarded: $1,000 MPRA Member/Sponsor Name: David GilesHome State: Maryland Intended Major: Psychology Intended College/University: Howard University Scholarship Amount Awarded: $1,000 MPRA Member/Sponsor Name: Christopher GloverHome State: Minnesota Intended Major: Aviation Intended College/University: University of North Dakota Scholarship Amount Awarded: $1,000 MPRA Member/Sponsor Name: David Gorgoglione fHome State: Pennsylvania Intended Major: Political Science Intended College/University: American University Scholarship Amount Awarded: $1,000 MPRA Member/Sponsor Name: Brian HelfrichnHome State: Missouri Intended Major: International Relations Intended College/University: William Jewell College Scholarship Amount Awarded: $1,000 MPRA Member/Sponsor Name: Colleen FreemanfttHome State: Michigan Intended Major: Kinesiology Intended College/University: University of Michigan Scholarship Amount Awarded: $1,000 MPRA Member/Sponsor Name: Scott HiipakkarHome State: Texas Intended Major: Meteorology Intended College/University: Texas A&M University Scholarship Amount Awarded: $1,000 MPRA Member/Sponsor Name: Niave KnellHome State: Colorado Intended Major: Nursing Intended College/University: Southwestern College Scholarship Amount Awarded: $1,000 MPRA Member/Sponsor Name: Jeremy LegaultnHome State: Virginia Intended Major: Undeclared Intended College/University: Coastal Bend College Scholarship Amount Awarded: $1,000 MPRA Member/Sponsor Name: Shannon-Mikal LucasbtHome State: Georgia Intended Major: Economics Intended College/University: Berry College Scholarship Amount Awarded: $1,000 MPRA Member/Sponsor Name: Tony McGee
www.MPRAonline.org 45 Home State: California Intended Major: Nurse Practitioner Intended College/University: University of Southern California Scholarship Amount Awarded: $1,000 MPRA Member/Sponsor Name: Garren MontesHome State: Missouri Intended Major: Undeclared Intended College/University: University of Missouri Scholarship Amount Awarded: $1,000 MPRA Member/Sponsor Name: Bryan OBarrHome State: Missouri Intended Major: Civil Engineering Intended College/University: University of Missouri Scholarship Amount Awarded: $1,000 MPRA Member/Sponsor Name: Bryan OBarrrfrHome State: Pennsylvania Intended Major: Journalism Intended College/University: Indiana University of Pennsylvania Scholarship Amount Awarded: $1,000 MPRA Member/Sponsor Name: Brian PilchntrrHome State: Pennsylvania Intended Major: English Intended College/University: Indiana University of Pennsylvania Scholarship Amount Awarded: $1,000 MPRA Member/Sponsor Name: Brian PilchbrfnHome State: Texas Intended Major: Nursing Intended College/University: University of Missouri St. Louis Scholarship Amount Awarded: $1,000 MPRA Member/Sponsor Name: Glendon Sanders nrHome State: Illinois Intended Major: Deaf Education Intended College/University: Illinois State University Scholarship Amount Awarded: $1,000 MPRA Member/Sponsor Name: Martin SchaefernrnHome State: South Carolina Intended Major: Biological Sciences Intended College/University: University of South Carolina Scholarship Amount Awarded: $1,000 MPRA Member/Sponsor Name: Johnny SellersnrfHome State: Rhode Island Intended Major: Journalism Intended College/University: University of Rhode Island Scholarship Amount Awarded: $1,000 MPRA Member/Sponsor Name: David ShinskeyrnHome State: South Carolina Intended Major: Computer Science Intended College/University: University of South Carolina Scholarship Amount Awarded: $1,000 MPRA Member/Sponsor Name: Jerry StevensonftHome State: Texas Intended Major: English Intended College/University: University of Texas Austin Scholarship Amount Awarded: $1,000 MPRA Member/Sponsor Name: Patrick WilliamsHome State: Virginia Intended Major: Biology Intended College/University: College of William & Mary Scholarship Amount Awarded: $1,000 MPRA Member/Sponsor Name: Renea YatesrHome State: Pennsylvania Intended Major: Communication Production Intended College/University: Indiana University of Pennsylvania Scholarship Amount Awarded: $1,000 MPRA Member/Sponsor Name: Brian PilchOn behalf of our members, our Board of Directors, and our Senior Advisory Council, the MPRA team would like to congratulate this years scholarship recipients. We wish them well as they continue pursuing their academic and professional goals!
46 www.MPRAonline.orgOn 23 May the Fort Leonard Wood Military Policy com munity along with local law enforcement agencies partnered with Special Olympics, Missouri (SOMO) and executed its annual Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR). Led by Regimental Command Sergeant Major James Breckin ridge the run was an eight mile, non-competitive run to raise awareness for the athletes of Special Olympics. The LETR is a torch relay conducted by law enforcement ofcers. Its the largest grassroots fundraising event benet ing Special Olympics and is endorsed internationally by the International Association Chiefs of Police. The intent of the SOMO Torch Run is to assist the Missouri Special Olympics in their pursuit of year-round sports training and athletic com petition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical t ness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Back to the run. Although world records werent broken this year for the number of participants it was still the largest regional torch run in the state with over 1100 runners. Par ticipating units and agencies included the 14th MP Brigade, the 701st, 795th, and 787th MP Battalions, MP BOLC, MP CCC, MP Inv. Div., the 252nd MP Detachment, the FLW DES, and the NCOA. And as you know events like this dont happen on their own. Many thanks to the Basic Military Police Training Division specically SFC James Runner and SSG(P) Lori Singer-Bare who spearheaded the event. Thanks also to the St Robert Police Dept, the St Robert Wal-Mart and the FLW DES for their support to ensure it was a safe and enjoyable run. Special thanks to our Region Coordinator SGT Tony Lauth, Rolla PD and Ms Crystal Schuster, SOMO LETR Liaison for their support. And last but not least, thanks to the MPRA. We were able to conduct this event under the umbrella of the MPRA and in do ing so we were able to raise over $11,000.00 for SOMO. MICHAEL CURTIS, FORT LEONARD WOOD, VISUAL INFORMATION CENTER
www.MPRAonline.org 47 One nal note, if you have never attended or supported a Special Olympic event in your area I encourage you to give it a try. To watch these athletes compete at any level is inspir ing and youll walk away with a real appreciation for the effort they give to what comes so easily for most of us. So in honor of Special Olympic athletes around the world, lets remember their oath that they recite before each event, Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt. Story by David Ross Chief, Basic Military Police Training Division MPRA Lifetime Member MICHAEL CURTIS, FORT LEONARD WOOD, VISUAL INFORMATION CENTER FORT LEONARD WOOD, PAO MICHAEL CURTIS, FORT LEONARD WOOD, VISUAL INFORMATION CENTER MICHAEL CURTIS, FORT LEONARD WOOD, VISUAL INFORMATION CENTER
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