MP range dedication, Fort Leonard Wood
September 19, 2011
- The MP Pistol Qualification Range 21 is dedicated to Sgt. Sean R. Grilley
The U.S. Army Military Police Corps Regiment held a range dedication ceremony here, on Sept. 13, 2011. The MP Pistol Qualification Range 21 is dedicated to Sgt. Sean R. Grilley, who was 24-years-old when he was killed in action in Iraq on Oct. 16, 2003.
Brig. Gen. David Phillips, U.S. Army Military Police School commandant said, "In years past, ranges were named after many things, but usually battles.
"We think that the range where young Soldiers will follow in Sergeant Grilley's footsteps, train and qualify ought to be named after a real person, a real hero, someone of their generation.
"We've had many, many, military police heroes in the past ten years, but in this past year, Sergeant Grilley's story, and his valorous efforts, have caused him to stand out.
"When young soldiers leave their family and come to training, they will walk past this memorial, they will see one of their own, and take this training seriously because they know those who have come before them have paid some very serious dues and sometimes the ultimate sacrifice.
"I am humbled as the commandant to be able to preside over this ceremony--nothing is more important than recognizing those heroes that have served with us."
Grilley entered the U.S. Army in Jan. 2001, and attend One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood. In 2003, Grilley graduated from the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course and although he could have left Fort Campbell to attend Special Forces school, he chose to remain and deploy to Iraq with his platoon. Grilley distinguished himself with an exceptional display of valor above and beyond the call of duty during a fierce firefight. Grilley entered the zone of the firefight to recover a wounded comrade. Just as he had positioned the wounded soldier behind cover, Grilley was shot and killed. For his actions, Grilley was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, and the Purple Heart medal.