FORT EUSTIS, Va. — The Fort Eustis 221st Military Police Detachment “Vipers” and the Third Military Police Detachment (Military Working Dog), Special Troops Battalion, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, were presented the detachment’s fifth Brig. Gen. David. H. Stem Award Nov. 10, 2016, after earning the highest grade evaluation during the 2016 TRADOC Military Police Competition.
“Today is a truly momentous occasion,” said U.S. Army Capt. Kyle Zdrojewski, 221st MPD commander. “It’s about the Soldiers, past and present, and the dedicated work that they have done and will continue to do every day for this installation and this community,” Zdrojewski said.
The recognition program honors outstanding TRADOC MP units, and the selection of a winner is based on the unit’s performance during the fiscal year.
During the selection board, the 221st MPD outscored five other military police units from forts Benning, Gordon, Huachuca, Jackson and Leonard Wood to emerge as TRADOC’s most outstanding active Army MP unit, company size or smaller.
“The dedication our Soldiers have is the pinnacle of what our corps should be,” said Zdrojewski. He attributes their success to consistent physical and job training and commitment to education, all while maintaining the daily routine of providing law enforcement on Fort Eustis.
In the competition, there are 13 categories evaluated, which include ensuring that the modified table of organization and equipment is current, complete and neat, training assessments, weapons qualification, physical fitness, military and civilian education, re-enlistment, unit awards, individual awards, unit and discipline foundations of excellence, and external evaluations.
Each of the categories are weighted differently, so a number of factors contribute to winning the Stem Award. Units are encouraged to score the highest in each category, all while demonstrating their combat readiness and simultaneously providing service to the community. The packets are graded by MP officers and senior noncommissioned officers throughout TRADOC.
“I’m happy for any company that wins the award, they are all TRADOC elements,” said Col. Andrew Sullivan, TRADOC Provost Marshal. “What I really enjoy is getting a good picture of each unit and seeing how they are performing.” Sullivan expressed his congratulations to all those who participated, and added the submissions represented the hard work accomplished by the Soldiers and leadership from all of the detachments.
According to Sgt. Maj. Shawn Stepney, TRADOC command provost marshal sergeant major, the Stem award builds esprit de corps among the units, keeping them well-trained and prepared at the same time.
“It’s a way for TRADOC to recognize the efforts of these MP Soldiers. It also helps the Soldiers contribute to a stronger Army as a whole.” Stepney said.
The 221st MPD will represent TRADOC in the Army-wide Brig. Gen. Jeremiah P. Holland Award competition later this year.
Pictured above: The 221st Military Police Detachment was presented the Brig. Gen. Stem award Nov. 10, 2016 at Ft. Eustis, Virginia as TRADOC’s most outstanding active Army MP unit, company size or smaller. (U.S. Army photo by Amy Robinson)