The U.S. Army Military District of Washington's Military and Civilian Police Officer of the Year Award was presented to Specialist Timothy R. Mardirosian of the 289th MP Company during a ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va, 28 June, 2013.

MDW's Military and Civilian Police Officer of the Year/Directorate of Emergency Services Best Practices Award Program recognizes employees with superior work records and those who have performed meritorious acts or services both on or off duty, which contribute to the mission, quality of life at MDW, or its role as a good neighbor in the community.

Mardirosian serves as a Military Police patrol officer at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and distinguished himself by conducting inter-agency coordination with local law enforcement partners.

"He is mature beyond his years," said Sergeant Major Steven M. Townsend, U.S. Army Military District of Washington, Provost Sergeant Major. "He loves doing MP work and helping as well as supporting the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall community."

Some of Mardirosian's specific actions involved the apprehension of a felonious criminal and a suspect listed on the terrorist watch list by the U.S. Terrorist Screening Center.

"This is a really great honor," said Mardirosian. "I love being an MP because it allows me to be a cop before the age of 21. I love being able to go out on patrol."

In addition to his duties, Mardirosian has completed 80 hours of Structured Self Development with emphasis on preparing and managing professional correspondence, employing composite risk management and detainee operations. The young Soldier has also been certified as an operator of the Virginia Criminal Information Network.