The U.S. Army Forces Command Eagle Award for excellence as a military police company was presented to 65th Military Police Company, 503rd Military Police  Battalion, 16th Military Police Brigade, March 10.

Brig. General William R. Coats, director of operations and readiness at FORSCOM, presented the Eagle Award to Capt. Julie Austin, commander of 65th MP Co.

The Eagle Award surveys competency, measured by about 12 categories. And the winner is the military police company scoring the highest against other MP companies within FORSCOM.

“Iron sharpens iron, so having the Eagle Award presented to the 65th MP Company has made them the best and improved company to the left and right within the battalion and brigade as well,” said Col. Alexander Conyers.

Becoming the best in any field is a team effort and requires the support of all of the organizations associated with it.

“It is an honor to present Captain Austin of the 65th MP Company the Eagle Award on behalf of General (Daniel) Allyn,” said Coats.

“The units within FORSCOM comprise about 55 percent of the Army, so the Eagle Award is a very distinguishing award.”

Austin has served as the commander for the 65th MP Co. for the past 18 months with 1st Sgt. Gerard Charles.

Austin accepted the Eagle Award and said the award represents the hard work the Soldiers have put forth as a team during that time.

She relinquished command to Capt. Robert C. Fales in a ceremony March 14.