FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. – Four members of the U.S. Army Military Police Corps Regiment were inducted into the MP Corps Regimental Hall of Fame during a ceremony Sept. 26, in the Pershing Community Center.
Inducted during the ceremony were: retired Brig. Gen. Rodney Johnson; retired Regimental Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Butler; retired Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Farley; and retired Regimental Chief Warrant Officer 5 Philip Tackett.
Johnson served the MP Corps Regiment for more than 32 years and led the regiment through the largest transformation in history. His leadership and tenacity resulted in a growth from 32,000 Soldiers to 64,000 Soldiers across the regiment.
Butler led from the front and deployed as a first sergeant, a battalion command sergeant major, and a brigade command sergeant major, culminating in his selection to serve as the regimental command sergeant major, the highest enlisted position within the MP Corps Regiment.
Farley's career spans 32 years of active service to the MP Corps and the Army, and he was the first enlisted leader within the MP Corps to branch out and serve at the two, three and four-star nominative levels of command.
Tackett served 33 years as a Criminal Investigation (CID) agent and became the first-ever CID regimental warrant officer. He also played a critical role in the upgrade and redesign of the Army Warrant Officer Education system ensuring the technical needs of all units where MP warrant officers are assigned continue to grow.
The purpose of the MP Corps Regimental Hall of Fame, which was established in 1992, is to recognize those who have made a significant contribution to the evolution and definition of the MP Corps doctrine, mission or training.
Members are nominated by a special selection board of past and senior members of the MP Corps Regiment.
Brig. Gen. Mark Spindler, U.S. Army Military Police School commandant and MP Corps Regiment chief, said the event serves to honor the past and reinvigorate the Army's Profession of Arms.
"The MP Corps Regimental Hall of Fame is anything but ordinary," he said. "These individuals went beyond the expectation of being good at their jobs. They were selected for induction into the Hall of Fame for distinguished service that has had a profound impact on the future of the Military Police Corps."
"It is the Soldier's spirit of yesterday, combined with the strength of the Soldier today that forges the Soldier for tomorrow," he said. "That is what makes us a profession. We cannot be professional Soldiers if we do not know from whence we came."
"The spirit of the Hall of Fame also recognizes that being in the Army is a team sport," he said. "Those that you served; those that served with you and for you, are immeasurably instrumental in your extraordinary success," he said.
Spindler turned to the newly inducted Hall of Fame members and said, "Our commitment to you is that your achievements and legacies will not be forgotten in this profession that we proudly call the military arms."
Photos of the inductees were unveiled in the Military Police Corps Regimental Museum immediately following the induction ceremony.
To date, 69 members have been inducted into the MP Corps Regimental Hall of Fame.