"Watchdogs"
   
 8th MP COMMAND TEAM

 

 

Colonel Mark A. Jackson

Colonel Mark A. Jackson was born and raised in the Willamette Valley, Oregon. A distinguished Military Graduate, he received his commission from Oregon State University in 1989. Colonel Jackson was commissioned into the Regular Army as a Military Police Officer.
Colonel Jackson’s postings and assignments include: Fischbach Germany (1990-1992), Platoon Leader, 165th Military Police Company; Fort Lewis, Washington (1992-1994), Assistant S3, 504th Military Police Battalion; S4 Officer, 504th Military Police Battalion; Washington D.C. (1995-1996), Operations Officer, Provost Marshal, US Military District of Washington; Fort Belvoir (1996-2000), Commander, 437th Military Police Company; S3 Officer, Fort Belvoir Garrison
Battalion; Commander, Fort Belvoir Military Police Company; Chief, Criminal Intelligence, US Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID); Fort Lewis, Washington (2001-2003), S3 Officer, 504th Military Police Battalion; S3 Officer, 42d Military Police Brigade; Pentagon, Arlington Virginia (2003-2006), Strategic Planner, Office of the Provost Marshal General; Chief, Army Initiatives Group, Office of the Provost Marshal General; Baghdad Iraq (2006-2007), Deputy Provost Marshal, Multi-National Corps Iraq (MNC-I); Fort Lewis, Washington (2007-2010), Commander, 22d Military Police Battalion (CID); Pentagon, Arlington Virginia (2010-2011), Executive Officer, Vice Chief of Staff, Army (VCSA) Task Force; Executive Officer, Provost Marshal General of the Army and Commander, US Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID); Fort McNair, Washington DC, (2011-2012), National War College, Research Fellow / Student.
Colonel Jackson’s military education includes the MP Officer Basic and Advance Courses; Army Command and General Staff College; National War College; Airborne School and Air Assault School. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Colonel Jackson’s civilian education includes Bachelor of Arts Degree (Liberal Arts), Master of Arts Degree in Domestic Threat Intelligence Management and a Master of Arts Degree in National Strategy.
Colonel Jackson’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters; Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster; Meritorious Service Medal with seven Oak Leaf Clusters; Joint Service Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Achievement Medal with eight Oak Leaf Clusters; National Defense Service Medal with one Star; Kosovo Campaign Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon with Bronze Numeral “3”; NATO Medal; Air Assault badge; Parachutist Badge and the Army Staff Badge. Colonel Jackson also was awarded the Military Police Order of the Marechaussee (Bronze).

 

Command Sergeant Major Richard A. Woodring

Command Sergeant Major Richard A. Woodring entered the military in October 1984 under the delayed entry program in the Army Reserves. He attended both Basic and advanced individual training at Ft. McClellan, Alabama. He entered active duty in June of 1986.
His positions and assignments include: gunner and driver in the First Detachment, 346th Military Police Company (USAR), Great Bend, Kansas; Patrolman, Traffic Accident Investigator, Military Police Investigator, Desk Sergeant and NCOIC for the Ranger Support Element while assigned with B Co MP Detachment, Ft. Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia; Senior Custodial Agent, 528th United States Army Artillery Group, Cakmakli, Turkey; Team Leader, Squad Leader and Platoon Sergeant, 212th Military Police Company, Kitzingen, Germany, Military Police Investigations NCOIC, Ft. Huachuca, Arizona; Operations Sergeant and Platoon Sergeant, 55th Military Police Company, Camp Page, Korea; Platoon Sergeant, 101st Military Police Company (AASLT), Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, Detachment Sergeant, HHD, 793d Military Police Battalion, Bamberg, Germany, First Sergeant, 630th Military Police Company, Operations Sergeant Major, 716th Military Police Battalion, Command Sergeant Major, 716th Military Police Battalion and Provost Marshal Sergeant Major for the Operational Protection Directorate, USARPAC. He has three deployments to the Balkans including one to Bosnia as a Platoon Sergeant with the 212th MP Company, and two to Kosovo, one as a Platoon Sergeant with the 101st MP Company (AASLT) and one as the Detachment Sergeant with HHD, 793d MP Battalion. He also has two deployments to Iraq, one as the First Sergeant of the 630th Military Police Company and one as the Operations and Command Sergeant Major of the 716th Military Police Battalion.
He has graduated from numerous military schools including Air Assault School, Basic Airborne Course, SRT School, Law Enforcement Shotgun Course, FORSCOM Long Range Marksmanship Course, Combat Lifesaver Course, Family Advocacy Staff Training Course, Equal Opportunity Leader Course, Unit Prevention Leader Course, Military Police Investigator Course, the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy First Sergeant Course, and is a graduated of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 57). He has completed over 70 semester hours of college towards a degree in emergency management.
Command Sergeant Major Woodring’s awards include: the Bronze Star Medal (second award), the Meritorious Service Medal (sixth award), the Army Commendation Medal (seventh award), the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal (eighth award), the National Defense Service Medal (with one Bronze Service Star), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal (with three Bronze Service Stars), the Kosovo Campaign Medal (with one Bronze Service Star), the Iraqi Campaign Medal (with four Bronze Service Stars), the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer
Professional Development Ribbon (with numeral four), the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (numeral six) the NATO Medal (with two Bronze Service Stars), the Meritorious Unit Citation (second award), the Naval Unit Commendation, the Army Superior Unit Award (second award), the Driver’s Badge with Wheel Device, the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold), the Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge. He is also a Sergeant Morales inductee and has received the prestigious Military Police “Order of the Marechaussee” (Bronze).

Mission Statement
  The 8th Military Police Brigade deploys worldwide to conduct Area Security, Maneuver and Mobility Support, Internment / Resettlement, Law and Order, Police Intelligence Operations and CBRN Consequence Management to support the Maneuver Commander with robust combat support Military Police and chemical forces.    
8th Military Police Brigade Lineage
 

 

The 8th Military Police Brigade (Provisional) was constituted in Korea in September 1984 in response to the need for cohesive command and control element in the event of war, for the numerous non-divisional Military Police units on the peninsula. At the time it consisted of the 94th Military Police Battalion in Yongsan (Seoul) and the 728th Military Police Battalion in Taegu (Camp Walker).

Military Police (MP) in Korea trace their roots back to the Korean War. Throughout the war, MPs played a vital role in the defense of the country. They fought the enemy behind the lines and protected vital roads, installations, equipment, and supplies. Other duties during that time included crime prevention, apprehension of absentees, and traffic accident prevention and investigation. A major mission of MP forces during the war was maintaining security at enemy prisoner of war camps. By early 1951, more than 150,000 communist prisoners were held by the United Nations command. Riots, demonstrations and violence had become common in the camps.

In October of that year, the 8137th Military Police (P) Group was activated to control the growing number of prisoners, a task they performed until the end of the war. MP units were also tasked to conduct search and kill or capture missions against North Korean guerillas who had infiltrated throughout the Republic of Korea rear areas.

The 728th Military Police Battalion received two Meritorious Unit Citations for "ensuring the rapid and orderly movement of troops and supplies over more than 1,000 miles of road, maintaining the security of vital bridges, controlling the movements of refugees and maintaining order in an area encompassing more than 6,000 miles.

The 94th Military Police Battalion was activated October 30, 1950 in Korea. The battalion received the Presidential Unit Citation from 1951 to 1952 for its actions during the Korean War and was then inactivated March 1953. The Battalion reactivated in Germany on June 24, 1959 and served there until 1971. The 94th MP Battalion was reactivated 16 April 1996 in Korea and later relocating to Japan.

In 1995, the concept plan was approved for the activation of a TO&E brigade in Korea. The 8th MP Brigade was officially activated on April 11, 1996 to provide command and control for the 728th Military Police Battalion and the 94th Military Police Battalion in armistice and to serve as the theater military police brigade during hostilities. The distinguished Vietnam era 8th MP Group was chosen to reactivate as the 8th Military Police Brigade.

Historically, the 8th MP Group was part of yet another significant expansion in MP responsibilities. It was formed as part of a brigade in Vietnam for greater command and control purposes, much like the reason for the activation of the 8th Military Police Brigade.

In July 2006 the 8th MP Brigade Headquarters and the 728th MP Battalion were reassigned to US Army Pacific and moved from Korea to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. In October 2007 the Brigade deployed elements of the 728th MP Battalion to Iraq for 15 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Just over one year later, the Brigade and its headquarters deployed for 12 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, returning mid-October 2009.

The 8th Military Police Brigade received the Meritorious Unit Citation for, “serving as the liaison and primary advisor to the Iraqi Police,” providing, “advice and guidance on training and personnel management for a force with well over 140,000 Iraqi Police divided among six directorate headquarters, 17 district headquarters, and 165 stations.” The Brigade is also noted for the successful 2009 Iraqi Provincial Elections by its contributions to the, “Iraqi Police providing critical site security to over 1,100 polling sites and checkpoints throughout Iraq.

Today, the 8th Military Police Brigade consists of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 728th Military Police Battalion, and the 71st Chemical Company.