During a formal ceremony on September 12, at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall's Summerall Parade Field, Brig. Gen. Mark S. Inch assumed responsibility as the Provost Marshal General (PMG) of the U.S. Army and took command of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly referred to as CID, and the Army Corrections Command (ACC).
Brigadier General Inch is the 15th Provost Marshal General to hold the position since it was established in September 1941, the 12th commander of CID since it was first established as a major command on Sept. 17, 1971, and the 4th commander of the ACC since its establishment on Oct. 2, 2007. Brigadier General Inch replaces Maj. Gen. David E. Quantock who served in the position since September 2011.
The Director of the U.S. Army Staff, Lt. Gen. William T. Grisoli, hosted the ceremony and thanked Maj. Gen. Quantock for his leadership and significant contributions during his tenure as the PMG and Commanding General of CID and the ACC.
"Dave has been a super cop…because he fully understands the military police community," Grisoli said. "He's always aware of the situation around him no matter how difficult the task."
Lieutenant General Grisoli then stressed his confidence in Brig. Gen. Inch as he assumes the position as the Army's top law enforcement professional.
"Mark, your reputation precedes you," Grisoli said. "I know you'll do the right thing and lead this element to the next level."
"We are real proud to have you be able to take this on," he added.
Major General Quantock, in his last official act as the PMG addressed the law enforcement professionals he has led over the past three years.
"Three years ago I had three priorities, support the current fight, assist and protect, and forge the future," Quantock said. "These great Soldiers, these great civilians did exactly that."
"They made me so proud each and every day to be a part of their team," he said.
While praising his replacement, Maj. Gen. Quantock also noted there was no finer officer than Brig. Gen Inch to lead the Army law enforcement community into the future.
Brigadier General Inch relinquished his position as the commander, Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, to assume the role as the PMG and the Commanding General of ACC and CID, as CID enters its 43rd year as the Army's premier investigative agency.
"The accomplishments of these Soldiers before us and MP Soldiers and law enforcement civilian professionals across the globe under Maj. Gen. Quantock's leadership have been truly remarkable," Inch said. "I am humbled and honored to assume the duty as Provost Marshal General and the Commanding General of the Criminal Investigation Command and the Army Corrections Command."
Following the change of command ceremony, Brig. Gen. Inch took the oath and assumed the responsibilities of the Office of the Provost Marshal General. Throughout its long history, the PMG position was routinely reestablished during major combat, but discontinued shortly after the conflicts ended. The position was reestablished by former Secretary of the Army Thomas White at the onset of the global war on terrorism in 2003.
Looking to the future Brig. Gen. Inch stressed his top priorities as the PMG and the Commanding General of CID and ACC.
"I commit our formations to providing professional policing investigations, corrections, and security maneuver support, across the full range of military operations in order to enable protection and promote rule of law," Inch said. "We will fulfill our critical role to win in a complex world and meet the needs of our nation."
"We will continue to be recognized at the premiere military police force in the world, meeting nationally recognized accreditations and certification standards of our institutions and personnel," he said.
Brigadier General Inch was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Archaeology in 1982 from Wheaton College, IL. He holds a Masters Degree in Geography with a Concentration in Middle East/Africa from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters of Military Arts and Science Degree from the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS). His military education includes the Military Police Officer Basic and Advance Courses, the Command and General Staff College, the Joint and Combined Warfighting School and the Senior Service College Fellowship -- Advanced Operational Arts Studies. He completed professional certification with the American Correctional Association (ACA) and was the first member to earn the Certified Corrections Executive (CCE) designation with Honor.
His principal staff assignments have been as Deputy Provost Marshal (UNITED NATIONS OPERATION SOMALIA II, MOGADISHU); Battalion S-3 and XO, 759th MP Battalion, Fort Carson, CO; Deputy Provost Marshal, United States Forces Japan, Yokota Air Base; Chief, Corrections and Internment Branch, Operations, Readiness and Mobilization Directorate, G-3 and later Office of the Provost Marshal General, Washington, DC; Director, Detainee Operations, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, (OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, AFGHANISTAN); Chief of Staff, Task Force 134, Detainee Operations (OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, IRAQ).
He commanded the 194th MP Company, Heilbronn, FRG; Area Confinement facility, Fort Ord, CA; 705th MP Battalion, United States Disciplinary Barracks, Fort Leavenworth, KS; Commandant/Commander, United States Disciplinary Barracks, Fort Leavenworth, KS; Deputy Provost Marshal General/Commander, Army Corrections Command, Washington, DC; Commandant, United States Army Military Police School, Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Commander, Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435, (OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, AFGHANISTAN).
Brigadier General Inch's awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, a series of Unit, Campaign and Service medals, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
For more information on CID see www.cid.army.mil