CAMP HUMPHREYS, Korea -- U.S. Army Correctional Activity-Korea recently won the Brig. Gen. Jeremiah P. Holland Award as the best company-sized Military Police unit in the Army.

During a brief ceremony at the Sitman Physical Fitness Center here, Command Sgt. Maj. Bradley E. Cross, command sergeant major of the Army Corrections Command presented the Holland trophy to the leaders and Soldiers of USACA-K.

The Military Police Corps awards the J.P. Holland trophy annually to a company or smaller-sized element to promote esprit de corps and recognize excellence displayed over a 12-month period. The MPs first presented the award in September 1970.

Lt. Col. Timothy M. Mahoney, commander of the 94th Military Police Battalion said the Holland award is a significant recognition for a Military Police unit.

"The J.P. Holland is a big deal for us in the MP Corps and it was a distinct pleasure for me to get the notification that USACA-K won the award. It is a formal recognition of what many of you in the unit already know: that your unit is the best. Every unit should have that pride and drive, it is what we try to inculcate every day." Mahoney said.

Mahoney said it has been a long time since a Korea-based MP unit won the Holland.

"I take a distinct pride in knowing that you all earned this award while being stationed far from your families or serving your first assignment overseas. I'm also especially proud because the last time a unit in Korea won the award was in 2001 so great job bringing that trophy back to the peninsula where it belong," he said.

Cross echoed Mahoney's sentiments on the import of the Holland Award to MP units.

"For the record, I know it's been said, but, yes, winning the J.P. Holland Award is a big deal," Cross said. "It never ceases to amaze me the amount of responsibility we give such junior Soldiers at a young age and the level of professionalism that they get after their job, executing their mission it's absolutely incredible. And because of that it's no surprise to me that the Guardian knights won this award."

USACA-K traces its lineage to the 249th MP Detachment which was established on Aug. 23, 1943 and inactivated following World War II. It was activated and inactivated twice more before being activated in Korea on June 24, 1960. The 249th MP Detachment was inactivated on Oct. 2, 2007 when the U.S. Army Corrections Command was activated in Korea.