MP Corps celebrates 70th Anniversary
November 2, 2011
MANNHEIM, Germany -- More than 850 Soldiers, Family Members and friends from throughout Europe came together Oct. 22 at the Village Pavilion on Patrick Henry Village in Heidelberg, Germany, to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Military Police Corps Regiment.
This was the third consecutive year the MP Corps ball in Europe was hosted by the 18th Military Police Brigade. Col. Brian Bisacre, the commander of the 18th MP Bde. presided over the event, and Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, the commanding general of the U.S. Army Europe was the guest speaker for the evening.
The theme for the 70th Anniversary was "Three Strands, One Profession," which recognizes the three military occupational specialties of the MP Corps: Military Police, Criminal Investigation and Corrections Specialist.
"Each military police specialty contributes to our mission of enhancing security whether it is in garrison or deployed," said Lt. Col. Michelle Goyette, the 18th MP Bde executive officer.
Hertling gave a heartfelt speech in relation to Pfc. Rachel Bosveld, a young MP Soldier who was killed in action Oct. 26, 2003 and the impact it had on him personally along with stressing the importance of the MP Corps.
"We were sitting around at a traffic control point and she was telling me how she loved her job as a military policewoman," said Hertling. "She told me she wanted to be a shining example in everything she did. In the way she looked, acted and performed her duties."
"I personally as the commanding general of USAREUR depend on all of you (military police) to be that same shining example. I depend on you to be fair all the time, to be respectful of others all the time and understand the implication of holding on to our values," Hertling added.
"I think Lt. Gen. Hertling's comments were 'spot on.' He has respect for Military Police and with that comes his expectation that we maintain a higher standard which is exactly as it should be. You can't break the laws and standards that you are supposed to enforce," said Command Sgt. Maj. Brenda Curfman, the senior enlisted advisor of the 18th MP Bde.
The 18th MP Bde began planning for this event in August with input from subordinate battalions was well as the U.S. Army Corrections Activity. Goyette arranged childcare and lodging for one of the largest events in USAREUR.
"We had over 850 guests and over 50 children where signed up for childcare," said Goyette. "These two services are paramount to making a great event better."