On March 20, the 65th Military Police Company (Airborne) was awarded the J. P. Holland Award for best Military Police Company in the regiment.
The award was presented by Brig. Gen. David P. Glaser, Commanding General of Army Corrections Command.
The award is based on the total unit accomplishments and success over a 12-month period. The selected unit is considered to be the “best company size organization” within the Military Police Corps.
To be the best, the 65th MP Co. had to beat out all other 183 companies throughout the entire Army.
“A J. P. Holland unit clearly stands out among its peer units, making the complex missions look easy, and the basic tenets of taking proper care of Soldiers look routine,” said Lt. Col. John K. Curry, Commander of the 503rd Military Police Battalion (Airborne).
The 65th MP Co. (Abn.) has a rich history. For over 60 years, the unit has fulfilled its duties in war and peace.
The unit was originally constituted as the 65th MP Co. (Abn.) on Nov. 24, 1943. Upon rendering its service to the nation, the unit was inactivated in France a little over a year later on July 31, 1946.
Between June 1, 1949 and June 25, 1969, the unit was inactivated and reactivated two times, serving in Austria and Germany as part of the United States Armed Forces Europe presence during the Cold War.
On Nov. 1, 1970, the 65th MP Co. (Abn.) was activated at Fort Bragg, where it was re-designated as an airborne unit in 1993.
While assigned to the 503rd Military Police Battalion (Airborne), the company has participated in every major overseas deployment supporting the XVIII Airborne Corps.
Despite winning this prestigious award, there remains a sense of humbleness within the unit.
“I truly believe we just had the right people in the right jobs, at the right time, and the stars happened to align for us,” said 1st Sgt. Dale Dukes, first sergeant of the 65th MP Co. (Abn.).
The J. P. Holland Award is graded on 13 different sections, each with its own points. The sections ranged from five to 20 points. The highest points awarded were for physical fitness and foundation of excellence, each with 20 points per category.
Foundation of excellence includes actions and operations that exemplify a spirit of excellence, such as quality of life improvements, safety record, community service involvement, family support programs, unit morale and cohesion initiatives, innovations or improved efficiency and economy, significant operational accomplishment, demonstrated examples of individual pride and commitment.
This was the second time the 65th MP Co. (Abn.) has won the J. P. Holland award. The first time was in 1990.
The company and its Soldiers are not strangers to defining what it takes to be a military police service member. Their sacrifices, hard work, and dedication to duty makes them truly “One of a Kind.”