FORT KNOX, Kentucky – Fort Knox’s 34th Military Police Detachment and 905th Working Dog Detachment were awarded the Brigadier General David H. Stem Award for the second time in as many years in a ceremony at Fort Knox’s Sadowski Center Jan. 31.
Major Gen. John Evans Jr., commander of U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox, said getting the trophy is a big deal.
“It is important that we recognize this group of fantastic individuals,” Evans said. “We have 13 installations across [U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command], and this is the second year in a row that this team has won for how they [conduct] law enforcement here and what they do as combat MPs.
“This is a very big deal.”
Evans said what’s most impressive is that the unit has excelled while wearing multiple hats.
“The thing that is most impressive about these men and women is that they do their day-to-day tasks to keep us all safe in the garrison environment, and yet they still maintain proficiency on those things they may have to do in combat,” Evans said. “They do that while protecting our roadways, our work areas and at our gates. They are outstanding from start to finish.”
The Stem Award judges evaluated 10 competing units’ nomination packets last year on 13 different law enforcement skill sets for the honor of being the best MP unit – company size or smaller – in the Army. The Fort Knox units again stood out.
“The Soldiers, NCOs and officers standing before you are just that – the best,” said Capt. Mark Swisher, 34th Military Police Detachment commander. “This award is a direct reflection of their hard work and effort [in areas] that include 24/7 law enforcement and access control support … coupled with Army warrior tasks and deployments.
“We’ve only captured their outstanding achievements and submitted the nomination – they’re the ones who’ve earned it.”
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