WASHINGTON (March 25, 2014) -- The Military and Civilian Police Officers of the Year for the U.S. Army Military District of Washington were recognized during a ceremony held at Fort Lesley J. McNair.

Staff Sgt. Danilo Fernandez III, 241st Military Police Detachment at Fort Meade, is the Military Police Officer of the Year for MDW and Officer Anthony L. Robinson, Police Services Division at Fort Meade, is the Department of the Army Civilian Police Officer of the Year for MDW. The awards recognize military and civilian police officers with superior work records or those who perform meritorious acts or services both on and off duty, which contribute to the mission, quality of life at MDW and contribute to its role as a good neighbor in the community.

Fernandez serves as the Traffic Management Collision Investigation noncommissioned officer in charge. Fernandez was presented an Army Commendation Medal by Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, MDW commanding general, and Sgt. Maj. David O. Turnbull, MDW command sergeant major. Fernandez's superior knowledge regarding traffic safety made him the main instructor for safety, traffic and DUI enforcement for tenant units and special events. His knowledge allowed him to conduct training events, which impacted thousands of Fort Meade residents.

"It is about the immediate gratifications of helping people, that is the main reason why I like being an MP," said Fernandez. "I was shocked to win this award."

Robinson has served with the Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) at Fort Meade since 2005. Robinson was presented the Department of the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service by Buchanan and Turnbull. While working as a Department of the Army Civilian Police Officer, Robinson served in numerous positions including: AWOL Apprehension Officer, Vehicle Maintenance Officer and Assistant Supply Technician.

"The law enforcement side is one thing, but I really enjoy meeting with members of the community," said Robinson. "I think it is great to be recognized by my fellow peers. I'm just doing my job. It's very gratifying."

The Fort Meade DES was awarded for having the Best [Policing] Practices of the Year for MDW. The award was accepted by Lt. Col. Jeffrey E. Winegar, Fort Meade provost marshal, and Thomas W. Russell, Fort Meade deputy chief of police.

"Law Enforcement and emergency responders are on point 24 hours a day to ensure the life, health, and safety of the community. Most of the work they do goes unseen by the general public. Unfortunately for law enforcement, the most remembered events by the public usually involve traffic violations or crime resolution," said Winegar. "The most rewarding actions for law enforcement officials are saving lives and protecting the community and it is our honor to have those actions recognized."

Fort Meade has also received the Best National Night Out Award for military installations across the nation each of the past six years. The DES has been a key component of hosting this successful event.

"It's all about giving back to the community," said Russell. "It means a lot to be recognized."