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Thursday, 20 July 2017
From left, Brig. Gen. Kevin Vereen; Maj. Gen. Kent Savre, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, and Brig. Gen. Donna Martin, U.S. Army Military Police School commandant, await the remarks portion following the change-of-commandancy ceremony in Nutter Field House Friday. Savre thanked Vereen for his service to the regiment, school and post, and welcomed Martin during his remarks. Photo by Mike Curtis/Visual Information Center
By 2nd Lt. Ubon Mendie
Special to GUIDON

The Military Police Corps Regiment’s  storied history began a new chapter during a change-of-commandancy ceremony held in Nutter Field House Friday.

Brig. Gen. Donna Martin received the regimental colors from Maj. Gen. Kent Savre, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, signifying her taking over as the new Military Police Corps Regiment chief and U.S. Army Military Police School commandant from Brig. Gen. Kevin Vereen.

“The United States Army Military Police Corps is a big deal — critical to our Army — critical to our national security — and the standard bearer for professional policing around the world,” Savre said during the ceremony. “So, the responsibility of leading the MP Corps and our school here at Fort Leonard Wood must only be entrusted to the most committed and competent senior leaders. For the past two years, Kevin Vereen has more than lived up to this immense responsibility.”

Savre added that, under Vereen’s leadership, the Military Police Corps has earned its precedence in all Army future concepts through his unique ability to promote a deeper understanding of social and personnel considerations  necessary for the future military police mission.

“Kevin committed countless hours to building confidence and trust in our Army, with our sister services, with our allies, and with the American people,” Savre said. “He contributed to Army readiness by providing 48,000 military police Soldiers, noncommissioned officers, warrant officers and commissioned officers. He improved the military police school’s poise and exceeded standards, resulting in accreditation through the Triennial Assessment and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Commission.”

“Simply put — Kevin truly lived the mantra: ‘of the troops and for the troops.’ (He) listened to the Chief of Staff of the Army’s priorities… and ultimately increased Army readiness, built capability for the future and took care of our Soldiers and Families,” Savre added.

Savre then brought attention to the military police school’s 49th commandant.

“You know, I’ve presided over a lot of these ceremonies in my career and can honestly say that no one has more aggressively pulled the colors from my hands than (Brig.) Gen. Martin,” Savre added with a smile.

Savre shared his congratulations, and made it clear to all in attendance that he has absolute trust and confidence in Martin’s abilities to further the regiment.

Martin, while standing in front of Soldiers in formation, discussed her commitment to her new role.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be a part of this great ‘team of teams’ and the finest regiment  in the Army.” Martin said.
Maj. Gen. Kent Savre, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, right, hands the U.S. Army Military Police School colors to Brig. Gen. Donna Martin in a change-of-commandancy ceremony held in Nutter Field House Friday. Photo by Mike Curtis/Visual Information Center

“To the officers, Soldiers, civilians and Families of the Military Police Regiment, I will give you 100 percent every day as we continue to accomplish our mission and ensure our Soldiers have the right policies, the right equipment and resources to execute all military police warfighting functions,” she added.

Martin said she believes the Soldiers of the Military Police Regiment are all part of something bigger than themselves.

She pledged to do her part to ensure all military police accomplish their collective mission and destiny.

“I view our new relationship much like a successful marriage,” she said. “I will contribute my part, and I will communicate with you every day. I want to be alongside you, helping you achieve your personal and professional goals.”

“I will contribute my sweat, determination and hard work along with you as we accomplish what only we can do,” she added.

(Editor’s note: Mendie is an Army Reserve officer with the 200th Military Police Command, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.)

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 August 2017 )