FORT BELVOIR, VA, September 28, 2011 -- During a formal ceremony today at Fort Belvoir's Long Parade Field, Maj. Gen. David E. Quantock assumed responsibility as the Provost Marshal General of the U.S. Army and took command of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly referred to as CID.
Major General Quantock is the 11th commander of CID since it was first established as a major command on Sept. 17, 1971, and the 14th Provost Marshal General (PMG) to hold the position since it was established in September 1941. Major General Quantock replaces Brig. Gen. Colleen L. McGuire who will be assuming the responsibility of the J1 on the Joint Staff.
The Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, General Peter W. Chiarelli, hosted the ceremony and thanked Brig. Gen. McGuire for her leadership and significant contributions during her tenure as the PMG and Commanding General of CID.
"I know you are very proud of the Soldiers and Army Civilians of this command," Chiarelli said. "I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the outstanding direction and support you've provided them…you've truly done a remarkable job."
General Chiarelli then stressed the significance of the mission carried out by the men and women of the military police community and his confidence in Maj. Gen. Quantock as he assumes his position as the Army's top law enforcement professional.
"Suffice it to say, the men and women of the Office of the Provost Marshal General, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, Army Corrections Command, and the Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention Task Force have been extremely busy; and have done a phenomenal, phenomenal job," Chiarelli said.
"Major General Quantock is well-qualified and I am confident his is up for the challenge," he said. "I am absolutely certain he's the right person to lead this organization in the days ahead and I look forward to working with him on issues of great importance to our Army and the Nation."
Major General Quantock relinquished his position as Commanding General U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., to assume the role as the PMG and the Commanding General of CID, as the organization enters its 40th year as the Army's premier investigative agency.
"I am absolutely honored to be taking command of these awesome organizations and I cannot wait to start working with you," Quantock said. "It is an honor to serve with all of you."
Following the change of command ceremony, Maj. Gen. Quantock took the oath and assumed the responsibilities of the Office of the PMG. Throughout its long history, the PMG position was routinely reestablished during major combat, but discontinued shortly after the conflicts ended. Former Secretary of the Army Thomas White approved the reestablishment of the office at the onset of the global war on terrorism in 2003.
Looking to the future Maj. Gen. Quantock stressed his three top priorities as the PMG and the Commanding General of CID.
"First is to support the current fight; this is the first and last thought on my mind every day," he said. "What can we do to support our fellow Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen in harm's way?"
"Second is to assist and protect," he added in reference to the Military Police Corps motto. "What have we done to take care of our Soldiers, Civilians and families both at home and abroad."
"And third, to forge the future," Quantock said. "What can we do best to defeat the enemy and do what's best for our Army and our Nation."
Major General Quantock was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in 1980 from Norwich University. He holds Master Degrees in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School, in Public Administration from Troy State University, and in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. His military education includes the Military Police Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, CAS3, the Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College.
His principal staff assignments have been as Brigade S-3, 16th MP Brigade (Airborne) and Battalion XO, 503rd MP Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg, (Operation Uphold Democracy and Operation Restore Democracy, Haiti); Operations Officer, J3 Command Systems Operations Division, the Joint Staff, Washington, DC; Senior Security Advisor, OPM-SANG, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Deputy G-3, XVIII Airborne Corps; Deputy Chief of Staff, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg.
He commanded the 504th MP Battalion, Fort Lewis, Washington, (Bright Star 2000, Egypt); Commander, 16th Military Police Brigade (Airborne), Fort Bragg, (Operation Iraqi Freedom II, Iraq); Commandant, U.S. Army Military Police School, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Deputy Commanding General (Detainee Operations)/ Commanding General, Joint Task Force 134/Provost Marshal General, U.S. Forces-Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq); Commanding General, U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
Major General Quantock'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, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Joint Staff Identification Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Ranger Tab, and the British and German Parachutist Badges.
For more information on CID see www.cid.army.mil