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Thursday, 13 June 2013
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GUIDON staff
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The U.S. Army Military Police School has a new commandant following a ceremony June 5 at the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Plaza.

Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith, the incoming MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, presided over the Change of Commandancy ceremony where Brig. Gen. Mark Inch relinquished command to Brig. Gen. Mark Spindler.
Maj. Gen. Mark Spindler inspects the troops after his change of commandancy June 5 on MSCoE Plaza.

While addressing the crowd Spindler, a native of St. Louis, thanked the community for welcoming his Family to Fort Leonard Wood and vowed to do his best as the new MP Corps commandant.  

“I can’t tell you what a privilege it is for my wife and I to be here. Being back in the state of Missouri doesn’t make me feel like a son of Missouri — feeling at home and feeling welcomed came from the leadership and Families of this great community,” Spindler said. “Every day that I attend to the duties of this office I will be reminded of the great privilege that has been given to me — that I can serve as the commandant of the Military Police Corps and I will uphold those values and those standards to the best of my ability.”

Following the passing of colors, Smith commended Inch for what he accomplished while on Fort Leonard Wood and thanked him for his brief term as the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood acting commander.

“As commandant he led the U.S. Army Military Police School during one of the most challenging periods of transition in our Army. He maintained the focus of supporting current operations and synchronized the efforts with the office of the Provost Marshal General. He oversaw about 30,000 MPs who trained or went to school. Mark’s leadership and personal involvement have placed the U.S. Army Military Police School law enforcement and corrections programs within national standards. Mark also oversaw the congressionally applauded, and Department of Defense recognized, Special Victims Unit Investigation Course,” Smith said. “For the last two months he has done a great job as commanding general for the MSCoE, providing a smooth transition between Mark Yenter and I.”

During Inch’s remarks, he said he felt a deep gratitude for the time he spent serving on Fort Leonard Wood, thanking the post and surrounding communities for their support.

“I can’t even begin to express my gratitude, knowing the blessing the MP Family here has meant to me   personally and to my kids,” Inch said. “I have been blessed by the local community. I have never experienced the closeness of the civilian communities, like they are to this military installation.”

Inch then congratulated Spindler.

“I have seen Mark Spindler command in combat, in the toughest environments, and he was phenomenal. The Army did us right by choosing this general officer and bringing him to us. I look forward to seeing how he and the team that stands before us carries us that much more forward in what we have accomplished in the last two years,” Inch said.

Inch’s next assignment is to the deputy commanding general, detainee operations, Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.

Spindler has a bachelor of arts in sociology from the University of Missouri, a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of Armed Forces.

His last three assignments were as the assistant chief of staff, Operations, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany; assistant deputy director for strategy and policy, J­5, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.; and deputy provost marshal general/deputy commanding general, United States Army Criminal Investigation Command and Army Corrections Command, Quantico, Va.

 “All of these experiences, combined with your leadership abilities make you best suited for the job,” Smith said to Spindler.
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