Army retires Fort Riley’s CID unit
Maj. Adam Fuller, foreground right, commander, 1001st MP Bn., CID cases the battalion colors during an official deactivation ceremony June 6 at Fort Riley. Also pictured are: Sgt. 1st Class Troy Hardwick, foreground center, detachment sergeant, 1001st MP Bn. and Col. Robert Burk, foreground left, commander, 6th Military Police Group, CID.
Story by: Pamela Redford
1ST INF. DIV. POST
A casing of the colors ceremony June 6 marked the deactivation of the 1001st Military Police Battalion – Criminal Investigation Department – at Fort Riley, as the CID battalion headquarters will be retired from the active-Army inventory effective July 15.
Col. Robert K. Burk, commander, 6th Military Police Group, said it was a solemn event, but not a sad one because it marks a continuing evolution in Army CID and its adaptation to the strategic operational environment.
The 1001st MP Bn. and a sister battalion at Fort Campbell, Ky., have been reorganized and consolidated to create a single, more robust deployable CID battalion at Fort Campbell, Ky., Burk said, so the Army can increase its capability to provide deployable CID battalions for the conflicts of today and tomorrow.
"Though we retire the colors of the 1001st (MP Bn.), the mission to serve and protect our Army communities here in the Midwest will continue," he said.
Burk praised the battalion for always performing its mission to high standards, and informed the crowd the "High Plains Justice" CID Battalion has a reputation throughout the CID command for exceeding rigorous standards of investigative performance.
With a solve rate of 94 percent, the battalion has continued to receive positive reviews from senior commanders, expressing satisfaction with the support they receive from their agents, Burk said, adding the high performance level will continue.
In 2011, the unit earned individual honors for Civilian and Warrant Officer Agent of the Year.
Burk said the battalion has done its part by training and deploying more than 20 special agents in the past 18 months, serving at five military installations in the midwest, conducting nearly 1,500 investigations and performing 57 protective service missions for senior Army and Department of Defense leaders throughout the group's area of responsibility.
In addition to traditional criminal investigative and protective services, Burk said, the battalion also trains foreign police, prosecutors and judiciaries in the art and science of criminal investigation, provides point of capture criminal interrogation used to exploit criminal networks that fund enemy' and terrorist' operations that threaten the U.S. – all while serving fellow Soldiers and their commanders in deployed environments, preserving combat power and protecting the force.
After casing the colors, Maj. Adam Fuller, commander, 1001st MP Bn., CID, thanked senior leaders and community members for their partnerships.
"The mutual support, joint operations and training were always top notch, and now I know why they've always called Fort Riley one of the Army's best kept secrets. It's the fabulous command climates, friendships and the 'no mission too difficult, no sacrifice too great' attitude that makes this assignment so special," he said.
Fuller also took time to thank his staff of warrant officers, noncommissioned officers, civilians and agents for their service, calling them the "continuity of this great unit."
"Your leadership, team work and untiring efforts in seeking the truth never once fell by the wayside," Fuller said. "When the mission became more difficult, I could always count on you to tighten your boot laces and get down to business. You have repeatedly shown yourselves to be dignified successors and worthy heirs to the great Soldiers of this battalion who have come before you.
"As this great organization fades away today, it is important that we all remember those things that made the 1001st's reputation so great. We must commemorate the unit's history and traditions, honor those who established, instilled and advanced those traditions, while carrying on the 1001st's ideals of soldierly professionalism, esprit de corps, dedication to duty and loyalty to our personal lives and the organizations to which we will soon serve."