MPs bid aloha to outgoing CID commander

| May 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
Lt. Col. Michael P. Crane accepts the 19th MP Bn. (CID)’s  unit guidon from Col. Ignatius M. Dolata, commander, 6th MPG (CID), JBLM, during a ceremony held in front of family, friends, peers and Soldiers on Schofield Barracks’ Hamilton Field. Crane took command from Lt. Col. Larry C. Dewey, Tuesday.

Lt. Col. Michael P. Crane accepts the 19th MP Bn. (CID)’s unit guidon from Col. Ignatius M. Dolata, commander, 6th MPG (CID), JBLM, during a ceremony held in front of family, friends, peers and Soldiers on Schofield Barracks’ Hamilton Field. Crane took command from Lt. Col. Larry C. Dewey, Tuesday.

Staff Sgt. Matthew G. Ryan
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The outgoing commander of the 19th Military Police Battalion (Criminal Investigation Command), Lt. Col. Larry C. Dewey, was honored during a formal ceremony as he relinquished command to Lt. Col. Michael P. Crane, here, Tuesday.

“Today, we bid farewell and also celebrate the accomplishments of Lt. Col. Dewey. His focus on professional, felony-level criminal investigation operations is unmatched, and his efforts to rid the cancer of sexual assaults of our Army has made a long-lasting impact across the entire Pacific region,” said Col. Ignatius M. Dolata, commander, 6th MP Group (CID), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

“Under the command of Lt. Col. Dewey, the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment earned the coveted Feher-Deavers Award as the most outstanding CID detachment in the entire U.S. Criminal Investigation Command,” Dolata added.

“I knew this would be a challenging assignment, but I also learned a lot from being in this command position, and coming into this command with the battalion, which had been just selected as the Feher-Deavers Award winner, that it would be a tough act to follow,” said Dewey. “We must give credit where it is due … I have been blessed with some of the best special agents in charge and detachment sergeants across our 11 offices and our Korea field office command team.”

Dewey gave welcoming words and advice to the incoming commander in his speech.

“I bequeath to you, a top-notch team of special agents, leaders and staff … and knowing your background in CID and being a former Korea field officer commander, you will find new and innovative ways to continue to improve this great organization,” he said.

Crane comes from being the deputy brigade commander for the 8th MP Bde., located here. In his opening remarks, he gave praise and thanks for the opportunity and privilege on becoming the newest 19th MP commander.

“To the Soldiers here on the field … thank you for your professionalism. I look forward to serving again with the CID component of the MP corps, because this is an elite unite whose mission is essential to today’s Army,” said Crane.

The 19th’s area of responsibility encompasses offices in Hawaii, Alaska, Korea, Japan, Okinawa and a task force on Guam. As the standalone CID command in the Pacific, it ensures senior commanders receive the professional and responsive investigative support expected of its special agents.

The battalion’s success is extraordinary, as it effectively manages multiple high-profile criminal investigations with both national and international strategic implications.

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