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Thursday, 03 October 2013
Story and photo by Melissa Buckley
GUIDON staff
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A regimental retreat, Hall of Fame induction, golf tournament and regimental ball wrapped up the Military Police Regiment’s 72nd Anniversary celebration last week on Fort Leonard Wood, the home of the regiment.  
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Military Police Soldiers wearing historical headgear carry the colors of the MP regimental units during a retreat ceremony Sept. 25 on the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence plaza.

“On the 26th of September in 1941, the Secretary of War established the permanent Military Police Corps. This establishment marked a turning point in the corps’ history — from a transitory branch of the Army to a permanent combat support element operating during war and peace,” Brig. Gen. Mark Spindler, Military Police Corps Regiment chief and U.S. Army Military Police School commandant said. “Since it’s establishment Military Police have performed valiantly. Let us not forget that every minute of every day they know they place themselves in harms way — often alone — policing our garrisons, as they work to protect and serve. Their heroic service does not go without great sacrifice and loss of life.”

The week started with a memorial tribute that honored five Military Police Soldiers who died in Afghanistan in 2012.

Their names are Sgt. Donna Johnson, Sgt. Jeremy Hardison, Sgt. Thomas Butler, Sgt. Enrique Mondragon and Sgt. 1st Class Trenton Rhea.

“These great Americans are shining examples of what is right in our Army and what is right about or nation. They are the ones who provided freedom for us. They are whom our nation owes our greatest debt. They are the ones whose sacrifices cannot be acknowledged enough. They are the ones we will never forget,” said Command Sgt. Maj. John McNeirney, Military Police Corps Regiment and U.S. Army Military Police School command sergeant major.

The week continued with a run, State of the Regiment session and regimental retreat ceremony.

Units represented in the retreat ceremony included Military Police brigades and groups from the active Army, National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve.

Spindler addressed the crowd before the installation’s flag was lowered and folded for the evening.

“It makes us proud to be Soldiers. It makes us proud to be Military Policemen. Proud to be part of this Army tradition that our MP forefathers conducted before us,” Spindler said.

The 2013 inductees into the Military Police Corps Hall of Fame were

Brig. Gen. (ret.) Rodney Johnson, Regimental Command Sgt. Maj. (ret.) Jeffrey Butler, Command Sgt. Maj. (ret.) Mark Farley and Regimental Chief Warrant Officer (ret.) Philip Tackett.

All four photos can be seen now hanging in the Hall of Fame in the Military Police Corps Regimental Museum.
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