Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge assumed responsibility as command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Military Police School during a change-of-responsibility ceremony Tuesday in Nutter Field House.

Breckinridge succeeds Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Woodring, who is being assigned as the Army Provost sergeant major to the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Brig. Gen. Kevin Vereen, MP School commandant, said this ceremony is a time-honored tradition in the Army, to recognize the passing of senior noncommissioned officer responsibilities from one regimental command sergeant major to another.

"(Woodring's) reputation across the Army and military police community is of high regard," Vereen said.

Vereen noted Woodring was at the regiment at a "critical" time in helping place the needs of the Army above all else as it pertained to the military police. Vereen offered a "thank you" on behalf of all the Soldiers, civilians and Families within the regiment.

Woodring humbly thanked the MP Regiment, Fort Leonard Wood and the local community for his success here.

"We have some amazing people who work very hard to ensure the Military Police Corps is postured, trained and ready to face the challenges of today and the future," he said.

Woodring concluded his remarks by welcoming Breckinridge to Fort Leonard Wood.

"The regiment is in great hands as Command Sgt. Maj. Breckinridge takes the helm," Woodring said.

Vereen said the position of command sergeant major of the regiment and school is the pinnacle position, one of extreme importance and influence, for any MP sergeant major.

"No question about it, (Breckinridge) is the right person for the job," he said.

Breckinridge is a career military policeman who began his career at Fort McClellan, Alabama for One Station Unit Training.

His subsequent assignments include Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Fort Hood and Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and most recently, Grafenwoehr, Germany.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service medals. He is also a recipient of the bronze Military Police Order of the Marechaussee award.

"Your confidence in me is truly humbling," Breckinridge said, "and I will strive every day to meet your expectations."