Fort Rucker military police win "Best in Command" for 2019

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FORT RUCKER, Ala. (WTVY) -- Fort Rucker's 6th military police detachment has been named "Best in Command" by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command for the 2019 fiscal year.

Fort Rucker MP going through an active shooter simulation

This is the first time the detachment has won the award.

Fort Rucker's 6th military police detachment submitted a packet which highlighted six different categories.

Among them: The ability to deploy and innovative training.

"In each category we had some unique kind of things that I think kind of helped differentiate us from everyone else and helped us win," said 6th Military Police Detachment Commander Capt. Robert Berchild.

Staff Sergeant Samantha Melanson was responsible for getting the packet organized to submit.

"It was definitely intimidating it really was, but when I started breaking it down into categories and I saw how much this unit has actually done it actually came along very smoothly," said 6th Military Police Detachment Operations NCO Staff Sergeant Samantha Melanson.

For these soldiers and all they have done, it's something they take pride in.

"We work very hard and being an MP sometimes can kind of be a thankless job so getting recognition for this is absolutely amazing and all the soldiers feel the same way," said Staff Sergeant Melanson.

Captain Robert Berchild says now is not the time to get complacent as they still have to fulfill their duties.

Now they go up against the "big army" detachments for the best overall detachment.

"It's about a 40-page packet binder I kind of compile that highlights us against those six categories and then that goes up to OPMG and they have a board of officers - non-commissioned officers that kind of review and then make their selection."

The detachment has to submit their packet to the Office of Provost Marshal General by November 15th.

Fort Rucker's MPs will find out how they did against other detachments when the results are released in mid-December.

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