The 16th Military Police Brigade welcomed the incoming commander, Col. Alexander Conyers, of Manning, S. C. and the Conyers Family July 11, with an assumption of command ceremony hosted by Maj. Gen. Jeffrey N. Colt, deputy commanding general of XVIII Airborne Corps.
In addition to being a brigade commander, Conyers also serves as the director of Emergency Services for Fort Bragg.
Conyers’s education and experience helped to solidify his understanding of the military police realm. He earned a master’s of science degree in corrections and confinement from the University of South Carolina, is a certified corrections executive and is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, Va. His most recent assignment was as a senior service college student at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.
The ceremony followed military tradition with “Sound Off, ”unit presentation and honors, and formal inspection by the reviewing officer, commander of troops, and the incoming commander.
The 82nd Airborne Division band played and marched across in front of the line of troops.
“The heroes before us this morning
are just a small representation of those currently performing law enforcement and combat training at Fort Bragg, Fort Stewart, Georgia Fort Drum, New York, Afghanistan, and Qatar,” said Conyers.
Historically, prior to Soldiers marching off to war, the commanding officer would inspect his troops for readiness, trooping the line to ensure they were prepared for battle. He would check uniforms, equipment and weapons, as well as depth of spirit as fighting warriors.
Though the march to battle has changed, traditions are still held as part of military service.
“The formation of troops and colors out on the field represent an exceptional capability, a capability only partially replicated at other places in our Army,” said Colt.
“There is only one functional MP brigade in this corps, and it is here at Fort Bragg, and it is truly, ‘one of a kind.’” The 16th MP Bde. has participated in numerous transcendent moments in U.S. military history. These events have shaped the Army and the nation. Without the efforts, and perseverance of individual Soldiers, the collective accomplishments of this organization would not be possible.
“It is great to finally be back at this brigade, at this time, at the center of the universe,” said Conyers.