FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. – The U.S. Army Military Police Corps Regiment welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge as the 13th regimental command sergeant major today but not before bidding farewell to Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Woodring.
Woodring passed the noncommissioned officer sword to Breckinridge as he relinquished responsibility as USAMPS’ top senior enlisted adviser in a ceremony held today in Nutter Field House on post.
This is a time-honored tradition in the Army as the Corps recognizes the passing of senior noncommissioned officer, senior enlisted adviser responsibilities of some 50,000 personnel, said Brig. Gen. Kevin Vereen, U.S. Army Military Police School commandant.
Being the MP Corps’ senior NCO is the pinnacle position for any sergeant major serving in the MP Corps Regiment, Vereen added.
Vereen presented Woodring and his wife with the Silver Order of the Marechausee and the Order of the Viviandieres, respectively, for their excellent career service to the MP Corps and Army.
“I have learned more from this experience than any other position,” Woodring said.
This is a great team who has postured, trained, and readied the MP Corps to face the challenges ahead, Woodring said.
Woodring said he will miss cadence, talking to students, Rites of Passage, graduations, Soldier’s reciting the Soldier’s Creed, and most of all, Memorial Grove.
Welcoming Breckinridge as the 13th regimental command sergeant major, Vereen said he is the right person for the job, who understands MP capabilities and maneuver support.
Woodring said this wasn’t his day but James’ day.
Breckinridge thanked everyone in attendance, and most importantly his family.
“You motivate me every day to be better than the next day,” Breckinridge said of his family. “I couldn’t imagine doing this without you.”
“Hang on, it’s going to be a great ride; I promise,” Breckinridge said.
Breckinridge comes to Fort Leonard Wood from the 18th Military Police Brigade in Germany. Woodring journeys to Washington, D.C., as the Provost sergeant major at the Office of the Provost Marshal General.