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209th MP Detachment earns Holland Award

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FORT BENNING, Ga. — Fort Benning was home to the Army’s top military police unit last year.

The 209th Military Police Detachment has won the Brig. Gen. Jeremiah P. Holland Award for fiscal 2011, the Pentagon announced Friday. Nominations were considered on the basis of mission performance, command programs, major accomplishments and significant achievements.

“The 209th MP Detachment is representative of all military police throughout the Army. They just happen to be the best of the best,” said Lt. Col. Timothy Tyson, the post director of emergency services. “I am proud to have the opportunity to oversee such a fine organization, and each and every one on Fort Benning benefits from this organization as well.”

First handed out in 1970, the annual Holland Award honors the most outstanding military police unit at the company or smaller level, according to an All Army Activities distribution. The provost marshal general’s office convened a selection board Dec. 14-15.

The 209th Military Police Detachment provides law enforcement to the Fort Benning community while deploying Soldiers and military working dogs in support of combat operations.

“Professionalism is what makes the 209th a great organization,” Tyson said. “These are young Soldiers who go about their daily business of choosing the hard right over the easy wrong not because they are forced to but because they care. Each and every Soldier, to include the leadership, truly cares about each other, Fort Benning and the Army.”

1st Lt. Dustin Mason, the detachment commander, said he’s proud to see the 209th Soldiers receive recognition for all their hard work and the unit is honored to receive the distinguished Holland Award.

“The Soldiers are the center of gravity for this detachment,” he said. “Our Soldiers are committed to the welfare and safety of those they serve. An enormous amount of responsibility is placed on their shoulders to conduct law enforcement patrols 24/7, 365 days a year — this responsibility allows our Soldiers to grow professionally, resulting in a high caliber of Soldier. … I am honored to serve with each and every one of them.”

Brig. Gen. David Quantock, the Army provost marshal general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Jay Fowler, his senior enlisted adviser, are tentatively expected here in February to take part in an award presentation ceremony. A date has not been set.

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