|The tattoo on the back of my right calf|
Military Police soldiers aren't just the law enforcement troops of the Army. When I was in, we pulled site physical security missions at sensitive nuclear & chemical weapons storage facilities abroad and here at home. We guarded the ammunition and supply trains to West Berlin. We were at the DMZ in Korea in the Joint Security Area. We worked with US Customs. We manned Checkpoint Charlie at the Berlin Wall. We did the usual law enforcement missions like regular cops, including anti-drug operations. And we worked closely with the Infantry & Armored Divisions in the combat support mission.
|The Military Police Regimental Crest|
|Our badge, although we stopped wearing them with our uniforms in the early 80's|
Recently I also learned of another special honor regarding MP soldiers, that of Tomb Sentinel, guarding the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. Traditionally this duty has been performed by Infantry soldiers assigned to the oldest continuously active unit in the Army, the 3d Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), but when the 289th Military Police Company was attached to the regiment, something unique and special occurred.
And most recently, Sergeant Erik McGuire became the first MP in 11 years to wear the Tomb Sentinel Badge when he was officially made a Tomb Sentinel on August 30, 2012.
I am exceedingly proud of my Army service and of my years as a Military Police soldier. Happy Birthday to all my fellow MP's, past & present. Of the troops and for the troops!