• Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell talks with Military Police Soldiers at the 72nd anniversary celebration of the Military Police Corps, held at Fort Belvoir, Va., Sept. 26, 2013.

    Army Vice Chief Gen. John F. Campbell

    Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell talks with Military Police Soldiers at the 72nd anniversary celebration of the Military Police Corps, held at Fort Belvoir, Va., Sept. 26, 2013.

  • The Army's Provost Marshal General chats with Military Policemen at a Fort Belvoir, Va., celebration of the 72nd anniversary of the MP Corps, Sept. 26, 2013.

    Maj. Gen. David E. Quantock Talks with MPs

    The Army's Provost Marshal General chats with Military Policemen at a Fort Belvoir, Va., celebration of the 72nd anniversary of the MP Corps, Sept. 26, 2013.

  • The Wall of the Fallen bears the names of 287 Army military police killed in the 12-year war on terror. More than 2,610 MPs have also been wounded. About 150 MPs joined in a low-key social, Sept. 26, 2013, at Fort Belvoir, Va., to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the MP Corps.

    Wall of the Fallen - OIF, OEF, OND

    The Wall of the Fallen bears the names of 287 Army military police killed in the 12-year war on terror. More than 2,610 MPs have also been wounded. About 150 MPs joined in a low-key social, Sept. 26, 2013, at Fort Belvoir, Va., to celebrate the 72nd...

  • Though confined to a wheelchair and suffering brain injury and an amputated leg, former Capt. Luis Avila reaffirms the oath of the Military Police Corps at a celebration marking the 72nd anniversary of the corps held at Fort Belvoir, Va., Sept. 26, 2013. Avila was injured by a roadside bomb while serving on his fifth combat deployment.

    Though confined to a wheelchair and suffering...

    Though confined to a wheelchair and suffering brain injury and an amputated leg, former Capt. Luis Avila reaffirms the oath of the Military Police Corps at a celebration marking the 72nd anniversary of the corps held at Fort Belvoir, Va., Sept. 26...

  • Army Provost Marshal General Maj. Gen. David E. Quantock presented Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell with a police baton at the 72nd anniversary celebration of the Military Police Corps, at Fort Belvoir, Va., Sept. 26, 2013.

    Army Provost Marshal General & Army Vice Chief of Staff

    Army Provost Marshal General Maj. Gen. David E. Quantock presented Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell with a police baton at the 72nd anniversary celebration of the Military Police Corps, at Fort Belvoir, Va., Sept. 26, 2013.

  • Two of about 150 Military Police reaffirm their oath to the MP Corps to assist, protect and defend. The corps celebrated its 72nd anniversary at a celebration held Sept. 26, 2013, at Fort Belvoir, Va.

    Soldiers Reaffirm MP Corps Oath

    Two of about 150 Military Police reaffirm their oath to the MP Corps to assist, protect and defend. The corps celebrated its 72nd anniversary at a celebration held Sept. 26, 2013, at Fort Belvoir, Va.

  • Provost Marshal General Maj. Gen. David E. Quantock administers the oath of the Army Military Police Corps at a Fort Belvoir, Va., celebration of the corps' 72nd anniversary, Sept. 26, 2013.

    Provost Marshal General Administering MP Corps Oath

    Provost Marshal General Maj. Gen. David E. Quantock administers the oath of the Army Military Police Corps at a Fort Belvoir, Va., celebration of the corps' 72nd anniversary, Sept. 26, 2013.

  • The Army Band Brass Quintet Performs at the 72nd anniversary celebration of the Army Military Police Corps, held at Fort Belvoir, Va., Sept. 26, 2013.

    Army Band Brass Quintet Performs

    The Army Band Brass Quintet Performs at the 72nd anniversary celebration of the Army Military Police Corps, held at Fort Belvoir, Va., Sept. 26, 2013.

  • Army Vice Chief Gen. John F. Campbell talks with Soldiers and their spouses at the 72nd anniversary celebration of the Military Police Corps, held at Fort Belvoir, Va., Sept. 26, 2013.

    Vice Chief Greets Guests

    Army Vice Chief Gen. John F. Campbell talks with Soldiers and their spouses at the 72nd anniversary celebration of the Military Police Corps, held at Fort Belvoir, Va., Sept. 26, 2013.

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Sept. 27, 2013) -- The Soldiers whose regimental crest bears the words "assist, protect and defend," celebrated the 72nd anniversary of the Military Police Corps at Fort Belvoir, Va., Sept. 26.

Gathering at the officer's club for a formal but low-key remembrance of fallen military police and to reaffirm their oath to the corps, about 150 MPs, their spouses, veterans and wounded warriors toasted the president, the country, the Army, the regiment and their lost comrades.

Following the toast and oath reaffirmation, the Army's provost marshal general, Maj. Gen. David E. Quantock, opened the evening praising the military police of today for their professionalism and readiness in providing police transition team training, detainee operations and conducting missions with special operations forces.

"This is not the military police of old and although we stand on their shoulders, we're about looking forward. forging the future," said Quantock, who also oversees the Criminal Investigation Command and Army Corrections Command. "We know where the Army is going, and we want to be there to enable our commanders, because as small as we are, we have a huge part to play in making them successful.

"At the end of the day, it's about assisting, protecting and defending by being an enabler for our combat forces, our combat support forces and our combat service support forces," he added, before welcoming guest speaker Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell.

Campbell began his remarks saying that whenever he gets a chance to speak before groups, he always talks about the current fight, and that there are still 50,000 service members and civilians in harm's way, and the nation continues to be at war in an era of fiscal uncertainty which will continue for some time.

He also reminded the MPs to never forget the nation's wounded warriors or those who paid the ultimate sacrifice -- 287 military police have lost their lives in combat and 2,610 have been wounded in action over the last 12 years, he said.

Campbell recognized four MPs in the audience who, on an early morning in August, had been running on the Capitol Mall when a jogger was hit by a city bus. The runner was losing blood rapidly from one of his femoral arteries, but two of the Soldiers stopped the bleeding by fashioning a tourniquet from their shirts while the other two directed traffic. Campbell said thanks to the MPs' quick, decisive actions, the man survived and continues toward a full recovery.

The vice chief also talked about the transition the Army is presently moving through and which could take until 2020 to accomplish. Readiness will have to be balanced along with end strength and modernization to keep the Army from hollowing out.

As the Army downsizes its end strength, so too will a variety of family programs, he noted.

"Believe me, the chief and the secretary of the Army are committed to maintaining all of those critical family programs that we have out there -- and I said critical family programs," Campbell said. "We cannot afford all the programs. We have to get out there and talk about expectation management and let you know and be transparent with you.

"We can't be redundant because we can't afford that, but we absolutely have to make sure that the programs which mean the most to our families and our Soldiers are held on to because we're about people and taking care of our people," he said.

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