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Posted: March 15, 2018 9:49 a.m.
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FORSCOM CSM presents Eagle Award

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Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Grinston, command sergeant major for U.S. Army Forces Command, presents the Soldiers of the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 385th Military Police Battalion, with the FORSCOM Readiness Trophy, March 8, on Dragoon Field at Fort Stewart. See Story on Page 6A.

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Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Grinston, command sergeant major of U.S. Army Forces Command, visited Fort Stewart, March 8, to present Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 385th Military Police Battalion with the FORSCOM Readiness Trophy (Eagle Award) for their commitment to excellence. 

The annual award recognizes the best military police detachment or company for achievements that encompass all aspects of readiness and directly relate to mission success.

“The award is given based upon our accomplishments as far as training, readiness to deploy, medical readiness, personnel readiness, you name it, as far as detachments go across FORSCOM,” said Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Morgan, detachment sergeant. 

“This is a big deal; only one detachment within FORSCOM receives this each year,” Grinston said. 

Morgan said this is the first time his detachment has received the award in all its lineage. 

“It was a huge deal for our Soldiers to see that the award was important on the strategic level and the fact that we push readiness all the time and that is exactly what he talked about – that you have to take care of individual readiness just to do your job,” he added. 

Categories considered during the selection process included weapons qualification, military and civilian education, training assessments, medical and physical readiness, individual and unit awards, and unit discipline.

Morgan said one of the detachments most notable accomplishment in the past year was certification to be the only military police detachment participating in the Defense Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High-yield Explosives Response Force. Personnel involved were trained for 12 months to react to a mass CBRNE incident within the continental United States. 

Grinston spent the morning conducting physical training with the Soldiers and made time to answer questions and talk about promotions, Soldiers' living conditions, budget priorities of the Army, military education opportunities, empowering noncommissioned officers and his experiences at Ranger School.


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