58th MP awarded Army’s best

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Capt. Daniel Groller (center, left) and 1st Sgt. Anthony Doucet (center, right), commander and senior enlisted leader, respectively, of the 58th MP Co., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC stand with 8th MP Bde. and 8th TSC command teams as they hold the prestigious Brig. Gen. J.P. Holland Award, given to the best MP company in the U.S. Army. Pictured (from left) are Col. Mark Jackson, commander, 8th MP Bde.; Lt. Col. Theresa Farrell, commander, 728th MP Bn.; Maj. Gen. Stephen Lyons, commander, 8th TSC; Groller; Doucet; Command Sgt. Maj. Bradley Cross, senior enlisted leader, 728th MP Bn.; Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Woodring, senior enlisted leader, 8th MP Bde.; and Command Sgt. Maj. Nathan Hunt III, command sergeant major, 8th TSC.

Capt. Daniel Groller (center, left) and 1st Sgt. Anthony Doucet (center, right), commander and senior enlisted leader, respectively, of the 58th MP Co., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC stand with 8th MP Bde. and 8th TSC command teams as they hold the prestigious Brig. Gen. J.P. Holland Award, given to the best MP company in the U.S. Army. Pictured (from left) are Col. Mark Jackson, commander, 8th MP Bde.; Lt. Col. Theresa Farrell, commander, 728th MP Bn.; Maj. Gen. Stephen Lyons, commander, 8th TSC; Groller; Doucet; Command Sgt. Maj. Bradley Cross, senior enlisted leader, 728th MP Bn.; Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Woodring, senior enlisted leader, 8th MP Bde.; and Command Sgt. Maj. Nathan Hunt III, command sergeant major, 8th TSC.

Story and photos by
Staff Sgt. Richard Sherba
8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — In a ceremony held May 2, the 58th Military Police Company, 728th MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, was recognized with the prestigious Brig. Gen. J.P. Holland Award 2012 as the best MP company in the entire U.S. Army for fiscal year 2012.

MP units are evaluated in the areas of training assessment, weapons qualifications, physical fitness, noncommissioned officer education, military education, civilian education, re-enlistment, unit awards, individual awards, unit discipline, foundations of excellence and external evaluations.

Soldiers from 58th MP Co. stand as they are recognized as the best Military Police Company within the entire U.S. Army for FY12.

Soldiers from 58th MP Co. stand as they are recognized as the best Military Police Company within the entire U.S. Army for FY12.

“Absolutely incredible. You just don’t get this award for doing one thing well; you get this award for doing everything well,” said Maj. Gen. David Quantock, Provost Marshal General of the Army Commanding General, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command and Army Corrections Command, during his remarks in a congratulatory video teleconference call with the Soldiers of the 58th MP Co. “My congratulations to all of you for what you do, downrange and law enforcement, there, every single day.”

Maj. Gen Stephen Lyons, commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Nathan Hunt III, senior enlisted leader, 8th TSC, presented the award.

“This team has accomplished a lot. When you talk about excellence, you have to recognize units like the 58th. As I read the history of your tour in Afghanistan, it was really impressive,” said Lyons. “What dawned on me, for you to have accomplished that mission so well, was that your children and grandchildren will pick up that dossier one day and will read it just like we read about our World War II heroes today.”

After the ceremony, Sgt. David Williams, team leader, 3rd Platoon, 58th MP Co., took time to reflect on the impact on his Soldiers of the award.

“It has a given them a distinguished persona about themselves. They know they have the J.P. Holland behind them to help fuel their future endeavors. They earned this, so they want to keep up the persona of being the best MP unit,” said Williams.

1st Sgt. Anthony Doucet, 58th MP Co., also reflected on his Soldiers and the award.

“A military police Soldier in today’s Army can deploy for a year, train (Afghan police) and come back and still work the road and enforce the laws, here or anywhere,” said Doucet. “Having the 8th TSC commanding general present us with this award kind of puts a huge weight on our shoulders, a weight that this unit is willing to carry.”

The first sergeant also spoke about the team effort that makes up the award-winning MP company.

“It takes a team to get this machine going. It takes a big team,” said Doucet, referring to the different sections and diverse Soldiers who are crucial in accomplishing the mission.

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