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Lt. Col. Douglas L. Ingros hands the 728th Military Police Battalion’s guidon to battalion commander Command Sgt. Maj. Norman Hampton at a change-of-command ceremony Friday at Camp Walker, South Korea. Ingros replaces Lt. Col. Steven L. Crowe, standing right and facing Ingros, who is retiring.

Lt. Col. Douglas L. Ingros hands the 728th Military Police Battalion’s guidon to battalion commander Command Sgt. Maj. Norman Hampton at a change-of-command ceremony Friday at Camp Walker, South Korea. Ingros replaces Lt. Col. Steven L. Crowe, standing right and facing Ingros, who is retiring. (Sebastian Sciotti / U.S. Army)

PYONGTAEK, South Korea — The U.S. Army military police unit that deployed troops from South Korea to Iraq last year has a new commander following a change-of-command ceremony Friday at Camp Walker in Taegu.

Lt. Col. Douglas L. Ingros, an Iraq war veteran, assumed command of the 728th Military Police Battalion during the 10 a.m. ceremony on Kelly Field. Ingros’ previous assignment was as 4th Infantry Division provost marshal at Fort Hood, Texas.

Ingros replaces Lt. Col. Steven L. Crowe, a paratrooper and Ranger who led the “Warfighter” battalion since June 2003.

Last October, the unit sent 68 soldiers to Iraq for 110 days. They were assigned to prison duties at Camp Bucca, an internment facility for suspected insurgents near the port of Umm Qasr in southern Iraq.

Crowe, a Gulf War veteran and graduate of the FBI National Academy, retires after 21 years of Army service. He plans to move to his native North Carolina and teach Junior ROTC at a high school in Hickory.

Col. Falkner Heard III, commander of the battalion’s parent unit, the 8th Military Police Brigade, praised Crowe for planning and executing “some of the best training in the brigade,” including live-fire convoy ambush training in Pohang “and much more,” Heard said.

“Given this quality of training, two platoons from the battalion were selected to support the global war on terror and deploy to Iraq,” Heard said. “It was there that your training program was put to the test and your soldiers successfully passed. All deployed and all came back.”

Crowe called the Warfighters in formation on Kelly Field “the best soldiers I have ever had the privilege to serve with in my career: aggressive, focused, mission-oriented and true warfighters. I am proud of you all.”

“Don’t forget what you learned and that the basics are the foundation of everything you do,” Crowe told them. “I pray you will never take counsel of mediocrity, settle for the status quo, and always strive to improve yourself in some way, every day.”

In brief remarks, Ingros told the battalion he was “honored today in joining your ranks.”

Ingros was commissioned as an Army infantry officer in 1988 and later entered the MP Corps. He earned a bachelor’s degree in administrative justice-law enforcement from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University.

He also is a graduate of the Combined Arms Service Staff School, Army Command and General Staff College, and Army Ranger, Airborne and Pathfinder training, among other military qualifications.


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