Major General Kevin Vereen assumed responsibility as the Provost Marshal General of the U.S. Army and took command of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) during a formal ceremony June 24 at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall's Comny Hall in Virginia.
Vereen is the 17th Provost Marshal General, or PMG, to hold the position since it was established in September 1941 and the 14th commander of CID since it was first established as a major command on Sept. 17, 1971. Vereen relieved Maj. Gen. David P. Glaser, who served in the position since May 2017. Glaser will be assuming duties as the deputy commanding general at U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) located at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. James C. McConville hosted the ceremony and thanked Glaser for his leadership and significant contributions during his tenure as the PMG and commanding general of CID.
"Today is a special day for this community and for the Army, it's a special day because we celebrate the great achievements of this organization under the terrific leadership of Maj. Gen. Dave Glaser and Susan," McConville said. "Dave and Susan, thank you for your committed and passionate leadership of the CID force along with being an outstanding Provost Marshal … I don't think anyone could have done it better than you've done over the last two years."
McConville then stressed his confidence in Vereen as he assumes the position as the Army's top law enforcement professional.
"Congratulations on taking command and I'm proud to see you lead this premier organization and to further its excellence and success," McConville said. "You come to this command with impeccable credentials … You're the right person at the right time, I look forward to serving with you."
Glaser, in his last official act as the PMG, addressed the law enforcement professionals he has led the past three years.
"I want to thank the senior leadership for giving me the opportunity to command the DoD's premier criminal investigative organization and to lead the Army's security and policing efforts as the Provost Marshal General over the past two years, Susan and I are truly grateful," Glaser said. "To the directors, deputies, the chiefs of staff, executive officers, and sergeant majors, it has been a fun ride … I sincerely appreciate the vigorous discussions and for achieving every mission that we were assigned."
Vereen relinquished his position as the deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky, to assume his new role as the PMG and the Commanding General of CID, as CID nears its 48th year as the Army's premier investigative agency.
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.
Following the change of command ceremony, Vereen took the Oath of the Provost Marshal and assumed the responsibilities of the Office of the Provost Marshal General.
During the ceremony, Vereen not only thanked his family and life-long friends in attendance, but the Soldiers represented by the Military Police Corps and Army Band. He also expressed his gratitude to the Chief of Staff of the Army for hosting the event and for the Army's faith and confidence to appoint him to these positions.
"I am excited and ready to work the duties and responsibilities I have as the Provost Marshal General and commanding general for U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command," said Vereen. "We will strive to be the gold standard for 'All Things Policing,' for the Department of Defense, federal, international, state and local law enforcement agencies. We will continue to collaborate and share best practices across the spectrum of our functions.
"Our team understands our Army's priorities and will continue to ensure we are invested in the readiness, modernization, and reform efforts that help build and sustain the premier land combat force - our United States Army."
"I am honored to be taking the helm from a leader I have served with and known for over 25 years," Vereen added referring to Glaser. "Monica and I wish you and your family all the best as you assume responsibilities in Texas."