By Vanessa Lynch, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public AffairsMarch 14, 2011
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Department of the Army security guards and DA civilian police do more than just check ID cards and wave cars through the gates on installations in Hawaii.
As well, Military Police do more than just drive around post in their vehicles.
Without the ongoing hard work of DA civilian police, DA security guards and MPs, the level of safety and security that Soldiers and families have come to expect and enjoy would not be possible, according to Col. Douglas Mulbury, commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii.
All the law enforcement officers worked in collaboration to apprehend an individual that broke into more than 11 cars, Dec. 27-28, 2010. The joint collaboration also led to apprehending a drug dealer and confiscating loaded weapons and several bags of marijuana, that otherwise would have made it onto post, recently.
"It's really nice to know the work we do is appreciated," said Spc. Alicia Kattar, 57th MP Company, 728th MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command. "We just go out and do our jobs, so it's nice to be recognized."
Upon smelling marijuana on an individual, Jan. 19, DA security guards searched the vehicle and subsequently found two, loaded, .22-caliber rifles, with approximately 100 rounds of ammunition; a dozen bags of suspected marijuana, apparently packaged for sale; several hundred dollars in cash; and other scales and drug paraphernalia indicating an apparent attempt to distribute.
Mulbury presented DA civilian police, DA security guards and MPs with commander's coins and thanked them for their good work, March 2, here.
"You have an important job, whether you are deployed or not," he said. "The community's No. 1 concern is safety, and you all make a difference every single day. I want to thank you for the work you all do."
View more photos of the ceremony on Flickr at www.flickr.com/photos/usag-hi.
Commander's Coin Recipients
57th MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC
-Spc. Daniel Cowart
-Spc. Dennis Cox
-Spc. Jess Cox
-Sgt. Trinity Doran
-Spc. Adrianna Farmer
-Spc. Joshua Granado
-Spc. Shawntea Jarone
-Spc. Alicia Kattar
-Sgt. Renee Kyger
-Pfc. Edmund Wallace
-Spc. Christopher Wilson
DA Security Guard
DA Civilian Police
13th MP Det., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC
-Sgt. William Basnett
-Spc. Joshua Bridges
-Spc. Andrew Caruana
-Spc. Courtney Cole
-Staff Sgt. Brian Diggs
-Sgt. Christopher Heidi
-Sgt. Dustin McClenney
-Spc. Benjamin Trickett