• Brig. Gen. David Phillips, U.S. Army Military Police School commandant, presided over the Sgt. Sean R. Grilley Range 21 dedication ceremony. Pictured Drill Sgt. John May who provided introductions, and Brig. Gen. Phillips. Army Photo/Keith Burkhart

    MP range dedication, Fort Leonard Wood

    Brig. Gen. David Phillips, U.S. Army Military Police School commandant, presided over the Sgt. Sean R. Grilley Range 21 dedication ceremony. Pictured Drill Sgt. John May who provided introductions, and Brig. Gen. Phillips. Army Photo/Keith Burkhart

  • Official unveiling of the plaque that was dedicated at the Sergeant Sean R. Grilley Range 21.  Pictured left to right: Pictured left to right: Brig. Gen. David Phillips, Mrs. Luciana Grilley, Ms. Susan Tyjewski, and Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Kirkland, USAMPS regimental command sergeant major. Army Photo/Keith Burkhart

    MP range dedication, Fort Leonard Wood

    Official unveiling of the plaque that was dedicated at the Sergeant Sean R. Grilley Range 21. Pictured left to right: Pictured left to right: Brig. Gen. David Phillips, Mrs. Luciana Grilley, Ms. Susan Tyjewski, and Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Kirkland...

  • Following the unveiling of the plaque that was dedicated at the Sergeant Sean R. Grilley Range 21, members of the Military Police Corps Regiment stood for a photo. Command Sgt. Maj. (R) Michael Hayes (pictured to the immediate left of the plaque) spoke during the ceremony and said that he hopes all drill sergeants give their troops time to read the plaque as an example of what it means to live with a sense of selfless service. Army Photo/Keith Burkhart

    MP range dedication, Fort Leonard Wood

    Following the unveiling of the plaque that was dedicated at the Sergeant Sean R. Grilley Range 21, members of the Military Police Corps Regiment stood for a photo. Command Sgt. Maj. (R) Michael Hayes (pictured to the immediate left of the plaque) spoke...

  • Following the unveiling of the plaque that was dedicated at the Sergeant Sean R. Grilley Range 21, members of the Military Police Corps Regiment, Grilley's unit and family stood for a photo. Army Photo/Keith Burkhart

    MP range dedication, Fort Leonard Wood

    Following the unveiling of the plaque that was dedicated at the Sergeant Sean R. Grilley Range 21, members of the Military Police Corps Regiment, Grilley's unit and family stood for a photo. Army Photo/Keith Burkhart

  • The U.S. Army Military Police Corps Regiment dedicated Range 21, MP Pistol Qualification Range, on Sept. 13, 2011, in memory of Sergeant Sean R. Grilley for demonstrating actions above and beyond the call of duty on Oct. 16, 2003, in Iraq, and throughout his life. Army Photo/Keith Burkhart
Pictured left to right: Chief Warrant Officer 5 David Albaugh, Brig. Gen. David Phillips, Luciana Grilley, Susan Tyjewski, and Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Kirkland.

    MP range dedication, Fort Leonard Wood

    The U.S. Army Military Police Corps Regiment dedicated Range 21, MP Pistol Qualification Range, on Sept. 13, 2011, in memory of Sergeant Sean R. Grilley for demonstrating actions above and beyond the call of duty on Oct. 16, 2003, in Iraq, and...

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.

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