By Dawn Arden
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Jan. 31, 2019) — The U.S. Army Military Police Corps welcomed its 14th regimental command sergeant major during an assumption of responsibility ceremony Friday at Nutter Field House.
Regimental Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Bennett is the first individual within the 31E, Internment/Resettlement Specialist, military occupational specialty to hold this position and is no stranger to Fort Leonard Wood.
“This is a bit of a historical moment,” said Brig. Gen. Brian Bisacre, USAMP School commandant. “(He) is the first Echo, and that should and always will be a point of pride and history for our regiment.”
Bisacre explained that being selected as the command sergeant major of the regiment is the highest recognition of excellence in an enlisted Soldier’s profession.
He said Bennett was selected for his consistent excellence as a Soldier and leader combined with his humility and connection with Soldiers, families and civilians.
“Simply put, (Bennett) is here because he is a great leader and the right leader for the regiment,” Bisacre said. “For the past 24 years, our Army has been truly blessed to have such a Soldier, NCO, leader and sergeant major in Regimental Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Bennett. He is the type of leader who has lived his career in the relentless pursuit of excellence, selfless service, professionalism and commitment.”
Bennett said he is glad to be back, adding that Fort Leonard Wood is a special place for him and his family.
“I am deeply honored to be back at the home of the Military Police Corps,” Bennett said. “Over the past few years I have had the pleasure of working alongside not only active-duty formations, but many National Guard and Reserve units from across the nation. I look forward to building on those relationships as we work to protect the force during large-scale ground combat operations and shaping the force for future fights.”
Bennett assumes responsibility as MP regimental command sergeant major, replacing Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge following his selection as the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major in December.
About Fort Leonard Wood
Fort Leonard Wood is a thriving and prosperous installation that has evolved from a small basic training post more than 75 years ago to a premier Army Center of Excellence that trains more than 82,000 military and civilians each year.
Fort Leonard Wood is home to the U.S Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and three U.S. Army schools: the U.S. Army Engineer School; U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School; and the U.S. Army Military Police School. In addition to training engineer, CBRN and military police specialties for the Army, Fort Leonard Wood also provides gender-integrated in-processing and Basic Combat Training for new Soldiers.
Fort Leonard Wood also hosts and trains with the largest Marine Corps and Air Force detachments on any Army installation as well as a large Navy construction detachment.
More information about Fort Leonard Wood is at: https://home.army.mil/wood/index.php/about/mission.