8th MPs run 70 miles through the night

| September 22, 2011 | 0 Comments
Soldiers of the 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, run 70 miles to celebrate the MP Regt.’s 70th anniversary. Eleven teams ran a total of 66 miles, and the brigade ran the last four miles together at the same time as MP units throughout the world. (Spc. Marcus R. Fichtl | 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs)

Soldiers of the 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, run 70 miles to celebrate the MP Regt.’s 70th anniversary. Eleven teams ran a total of 66 miles, and the brigade ran the last four miles together at the same time as MP units throughout the world. (Spc. Marcus R. Fichtl | 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs)

Maj. Shea A. Asis
8th Military Police Brigade,
8th Theater Sustainment Command

Annually, worldwide regiment runs as many miles as it is young

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers from the 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the Military Police Corps Regiment by running 70 miles, here, Sept. 14-15.

Eleven teams of four Soldiers each ran six miles, starting at 2 p.m., Sept. 14, until they clocked in 66 miles at 1 a.m. The teams passed on the final four miles to the rest of the brigade, which was undaunted, showing up in force for the early morning run.

At the coordinated time, 1 a.m. local time, Sept. 15, the “Watchdog Bde.” joined with MP units around the world to simultaneously run together and celebrate the 70th anniversary of the regiment.

“It was a sight to see: Soldiers running in the middle of the night to celebrate the MP Regiment,” said Giovanni Rojas, staff judge advocate, 8th MP Bde.

For Rojas, being a non-MP member of the MP Regiment didn’t matter.

“I work in this brigade, and I believe it was a fitting tribute to the regiment, so I had no problem getting up early to run four miles,” Rojas said.

The run was first organized under Brig. Gen. David Phillips, regimental commander, MP Corps, who saw it as a meaningful tribute to run as many miles as the regiment is young.

“It was a good event to be a part of, and I liked the fact that we did a physical activity to celebrate the regiment’s birthday. There’s nothing more Army, more MP than that,” said Ronald Holman, the brigade’s assistant operations officer. “I look forward to next year’s run, as I’m excited to be an MP, and I love being a part of the brigade here in Hawaii.”

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