Fort Bragg's 16th Military Police Brigade changes leadership
By RACHAEL RILEY | The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. | Published: July 13, 2019
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Tribune News Service) — A new command team for the 16th Military Police Brigade was welcomed Friday at Fort Bragg, as leaders reflected on executed missions during the past two years under the outgoing leaders.
Col. Larry Dewey Jr. and Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Hennessey handed off the brigade's responsibilities to Col. Jon Myers and Command Sgt. Maj. Veronica Knapp at the command change and change of responsibility ceremony.
The 16th Military Police Brigade oversees battalions at five installations across the eastern U.S., provides law enforcement and force protection to those installations and has soldiers deploying to more locations than any other within the 18th Airborne Corps, said Maj. Gen. Brian McKiernan, deputy commanding general of the 18th Airborne Corps, who oversaw Friday's ceremony.
Under the leadership of Dewey and Hennessey was the integration of the 83rd Civil Affairs Battalion — the Army's only general purpose, civil affairs battalion, McKiernan said.
Dewey said the mission of the civil affairs team is to support geographic combatant commanders across the globe engaged in theater campaign plans within the Pacific, European, African, U.S. Central and U.S. Southern commands.
McKiernan thanked Dewey for balancing the brigade's leadership responsibilities with those of the directorate of emergency services at the "Army's largest installation:" Fort Bragg.
The director of emergency services role oversees all of Fort Bragg's access control points.
In March, a Jordanian foreign national was detained at Fort Bragg's All American gate, as civilian gate guards denied the man's access to the installation because of lack of proper identification.
Dewey said during the past two years, the brigade has engaged in a wide range of deployments and recovery efforts, starting with the 385th Military Police Battalion global response and recovery in September 2017 following Hurricane Irma.
In October 2018, the brigade headquarters deployed in support of the southwest border mission to supervise hardening ports of entry though the U.S. and Mexico border.
"It has been a very eventful 24 months to say the least," Dewey said.
McKiernan also thanked Hennessey for his "high standards," the standards he demands of soldiers, the way he trains soldiers and his counsel on law enforcement and force projection operations.
Hennessey thanked commanding officers, the installation's senior leaders and battalion staff and corps' staff for ensuring soldiers and units "have what they need" for missions.
"The brigade is only great because of each individual soldier," he said. "They have, do and will continue to maintain the brigade's reputation and the legacy the brigade has."
McKiernan welcomed back Myers, whose previous five assignments at Fort Bragg have include the 18th Airborne Corps as a future operations planner in 2011; and deputy brigade commander of the 16th Military Police Brigade in 2013.
Myers joined the Army in 1991, and his most recent assignment was with the U.S. Naval War College, where instructed courses in security strategies as part of the National Security Affairs Department.
Myers said he and Knapp will continue to uphold the standards of the brigade and maintain its relationships with the Army Criminal Investigation Division and local law enforcement agencies.
Knapp's biography in Friday's program states she also has previously served at Fort Bragg.
Joining the Army in 2000, her latest assignment was with the 40th Military Police Battalion, a detention battalion at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
"I'm ready to take on this challenge alongside the very best the Army has to offer — the soldiers of the 16th (Military Police) Brigade," she said. "I'm fully committed and ready to serve and protect."