The 519th Military Police Battalion's mission is to rapidly deploy and conduct Military Police Operations along the Full Spectrum of Army Operations in support of the JRTC and Fort Polk, FORSCOM operational deployments, and worldwide contingencies. We also provide continuous Law Enforcement support to the Fort Polk Community.
The 519th Military Police Battalion's higher headquarters is the 16th Military Police Brigade located at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, which reports to the 18th Airborne Corps. It also serves as an IMCOM asset under JRTC and FPLA.
World War II
- UN Defensive
- UN Offensive
- CCF Intervention
- First UN Counteroffensive
- CCF Spring Offensive
- UN Summer-Fall Offensive
- Second Korean Winter
- Korea, Summer-Fall 1952
- Third Korean Winter
- Korea, Summer 1953
Armed Forces Expeditions
- Southwest Asia
- Defense of Saudi Arabia
- Liberation and Defense of Kuwait
War on Terrorism
- Operation Desert Shield
- Operation Desert Storm
- Operation Enduring Freedom
- Operation Iraqi Freedom
LTC Patrick M. Murphy, Battalion Commander
LTC Patrick M. Murphy is a native of Attleboro, Massachusetts. He graduated from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut in 2002. After graduation, he attended Basic Training and Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia where he received his commission in the Military Police Corps in July 2003.
LTC Murphy’s first assignment was with the 545th Military Police Company, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. He deployed to Iraq as the Protective Services Detail Platoon Leader with responsibility for the personal security of the 1st Cavalry Division Commanding General. Upon return from Iraq in the spring of 2005, LTC Murphy transitioned to serve as a Brigade Combat Team Platoon Leader in 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. He deployed with his platoon as a part of Joint Task Force Katrina supporting civilian authorities during the humanitarian relief efforts. In March 2006, LTC Murphy volunteered to deploy to Iraq as an individual augmentee as a part of the Multi-National Security Command - Iraq. He later attended the Military Police Captains Career Course with follow on Commands with the National Training Center Military Police Company, Fort Irwin, California and the 233rd Military Police Company, Fort Monroe, Virginia.
LTC Murphy was selected for resident Command and General Staff College, and while attending the course earned his Masters Degree in Adult and Continuing Education from Kansas State University. After graduation, he was assigned as the Brigade Plans Officer for 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division where he deployed to Afghanistan as part of the Train, Advise, and Assist Command – South. After the deployment, he served in the 91st Military Police Battalion as the Executive Officer and Operations Officer. In July 2019, Human Resources Command selected LTC Murphy as the Army Fellow assigned to the National Sex Offender Targeting Center, United States Marshals Service. His most recently, he served as the Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.
CSM Michael P. McTernan, Battalion Command Sergeant Major
CSM Michael P. McTernan was born on 26 June 1974 in Sacramento, California. He reported to Basic Training and Advance Individual Training at Fort McClellan, Alabama in February 1999.
CSM Mcternan has served in every leadership position from team leader to First Sergeant, and other positions to include Maneuver and Mobility Support NCO, Operations Sergeant, Brigade Assistant Training Officer, Provost Marshall NCOIC, Force Protection NCO, and Battalion Operations SGM. He has been assigned stateside at Fort Bragg North Carolina. His overseas assignments include Fort Shafter Hawaii and Schofield Barracks Hawaii. He has deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Haiti, and Kosovo for combat, humanitarian, and peacekeeping operations.
CSM McTernan’s military schools include the Basic Airborne Course, Combat Life Savers Course, Air Assault Course, Basic Leader Course, Hazardous Materials Transportation Course, Advance Leader Course, Jumpmaster Course, Non-Lethal Weapons Instructor Course, Battle Staff Course, Senior Leader Course, Combat Skills Course, JSOC Specialized SERE Training Course, Sergeants Major Academy (Class 44) .
CSM McTernan’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak-leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with four oak-leaf clusters, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal with four oak-leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal (7th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal (1 Bronze Service Star), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 Campaign Stars), Iraq Campaign Medal (4 Campaign Stars), Inherent Resolve Medal (2 Campaign Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Medal (Numeral 5), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (5th Award), NATO Medal-Kosovo, Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.
Directions to 519th MP BN
- Travel south via US-171 S. Take a left onto Entrance Rd to the Fort Polk main gate. Make a right onto Mississippi Ave. Turn left at 22nd St., and you will find the Department of Emergency Services and the 519th Military Police Battalion Headquarters on your left.
- Travel west on HWY 28. Take Gate 6 / Chaffee Rd exit to Gate 6. Continue south until Chaffee turns into Georgia Ave. Make a right on 22nd St., and you will find the Department of Emergency Services and the 519th Military Police Battalion Headquarters on your right.
Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment
CPT Ronald D. Scott SFC Hannah A.Hurth
204th Military Police Company
CPT Joseph M. Burell 1SG John W. Russell
258th Military Police Company
CPT David M. Snellings 1SG Andre K. Smith
50th Military Working Dog Detachment
CPT Johanna N. Guarino SFC Robert A. Neese
91st Military Police Detachment
CPT Johanna N. Guarino SFC Matthew D. Hale
41st Transportation Company
CPT Gabrielle D. James 1SG Randolph S. Willis
383rd Movement Control Company
CPT Tiara M. Knotts SFC Marketa Pearson
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