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The U.S. Army Military Police Corps Regimental Hall of Fame Ceremony.

The Military Police Corps Regiment's Hall of Fame Ceremony was held at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, on 24 September 2002, during the 61st anniversary celebration. The Hall of Fame event is a time-honored tradition, distinguishing military police leaders, both military and civilian, for their contributions to the Corps and the nation.

A series of Hall of Fame events began with the commandant's luncheon, followed by the official induction ceremony. Over 400 soldiers and civilians attended the ceremony held in the Lincoln Hall Auditorium of the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN). During the ceremony, Major General (Retired) Paul M. Timmerberg was inducted by Colonel (Retired) Patrick R. Lowrey, and MANSCEN's Command Sergeant Major Mark L. Farley inducted Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Charles E. Joas.

This ceremony was followed with the traditional photograph-hanging ceremony in the Military Police Corps Regimental Museum's Hall of Fame wing. It was a simple event, attended by the honorees, their relatives, and some of their closest friends. The day's events ended with the anniversary celebration regimental review in which both inductees were again honored and joined Brigadier General Curry in the traditional inspection of the troops.

Nomination packets for the 2003 Hall of Fame selection board must arrive at the U.S. Army Military Police School no later than June 1, 2003.

Hall of Fame Inductees--2002

Major General (Retired) Paul M. Timmerberg

Service Career: 1949 to 1983

Major General Timmerberg's distinguished career spanned more than 34 years, including valorous service in combat and contributions that measurably impacted the Military Police Corps. While serving in Vietnam as the provost marshal, 1st Infantry Division, Major General Timmerberg was awarded the "V" device for valor (on his seventh Air Medal) for fearless conduct while under direct ground fire and successfully averting the ambush of a convoy under his protection. On his second assignment to Vietnam, he received the Distinguished Service Medal for his inspiration and strict discipline in military police combat support missions. He successfully commanded from detachment to brigade, his career culminating at the rank of major general and commander of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (USACID). As the USACID's commander, Major General Timmerberg brought his command to a position of preeminence among law enforcement agencies worldwide. His outstanding wartime and peacetime leadership, loyalty, and heroic conduct make him a role model for military police throughout our Corps.

Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Charles E. Joas

Service Career: 1969 to 1995

Command Sergeant Major Joas served his nation, the Army, and the Military Police Corps for 26 years. During his service, he made remarkable contributions to thousands of military police men and women by leading them to success and honor under very difficult circumstances. Command Sergeant Major Joas' innovative training of soldiers, groundbreaking employment of military police forces, and dynamic--yet caring--leadership style were evident throughout his entire career. During the invasion of Panama, as part of the provost marshal cell and 82d Military Police Company, Command Sergeant Major Joas participated in the only combat parachute assault by a military police company in history. He served as a battalion command sergeant major in both Saudi Arabia and Iraq during the Gulf War and as a brigade command sergeant major in Haiti during Operations Uphold/Restore Democracy. This outstanding leader, noncommissioned officer, and soldier is one of the key people responsible for establishing the positive reputation our Regiment has today. Command Sergeant Major Joas, through his actions and deeds, is truly one of the obvious reasons many senior leaders consider the Military Police Corps their "force of choice."

Honorary Colonel of the Regiment

Brigadier General David W. Foley (Retired) is the Honorary Colonel of the Regiment. He is charged with representing all MP regimental soldiers--Active, Reserve, and retired. Important functions include carrying on and fostering the honor and traditions of the Regiment in ceremonies and functions, generally assisting, and perpetuating regimental history.

Honorary Sergeant Major of the Regiment

Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Harold L. Burleson is the Honorary Sergeant Major of the Regiment and serves as the principal advisor to the honorary colonel. He assists and coordinates with the regimental command sergeant major to promote the lineage, honors, and esprit de corps of the Regiment as a whole.
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