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 Shawn C. Keller, Battalion Commander
Shawn C. Keller is a native of Salisbury, Maryland. He graduated from Wilmington College in Georgetown, Delaware, and then attended the Maryland State Officer Candidate School where he received his commission in the Military Police Corps in June of 2000.
Lieutenant Colonel Keller began his career serving in the United States Marine Corps from February 1990 thru February 1994 as an Aviation Ordnance Technician. He was stationed in Beaufort, SC, and was assigned to an FA-18 Fixed Wing Attack Squadron. In 1994, he voluntarily separated from active duty. After a small break in service, he reenlisted in July 1995 and joined the 200th Military Police Company in the Maryland Army National Guard (MDARNG). While serving in the MDARNG, his civilian experiences included working for the Delmar Police Department (1995-1998), the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office (1998-2000), and the Delaware State Police (2000-2005). His last assignment was with the Delaware State Police K-9 Division. In 1999, LTC Keller was selected to attend Maryland Army National Guard’s Officer Candidate School. After graduation, he attended his Officer Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, graduating on February 21, 2002. LTC Keller served in the 200th MP CO as a platoon leader and Company Commander until returning to active duty in April 2006. LTC Keller reported to his first duty station at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and attended the Military Police Captains Career Course. He was then assigned to a dual billet where he served as the Commander, D Co, 701st Military Police Battalion and the USAMPS AF Exchange Officer at the AF Security Forces Center at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX from 2008-2010. LTC Keller deployed from 2010-2011 to Al Kut, Iraq, where he served as the Deputy Team Chief for a Stability Transition Team assigned to the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment. He served as the Commander, United States Army Correctional Activity / Deputy Facility Commander for the Northwestern Joint Regional Correctional Facility from 2011-2012 and the Executive Officer for the 508th Military Police Battalion, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA from 2013-2015. He deployed in 2014 as the XO for the 508th MP BN in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; conducted detainee operations at the Afghan National Detention Facility in Parwan. From 2015 to 2018 LTC Keller served on the CJCS, J35-South team conducting Global Force Management Operations in Norfolk, VA. His most recent assignment before taking command was the Deputy Brigade Commander, 18th Military Police Brigade in Vilseck, Germany. LTC Keller’s other significant deployments include a 2007 deployment to Baghdad, Iraq, as a National Police Transition Team Operations officer; a deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan as a Military Police Company Executive Officer and platoon leader and an Operation Noble Eagle deployment on September 11, 2001, to the U.S. Pentagon in direct support of the FBI’s crime scene investigation.
LTC Keller’s military and civilian education includes Joint and Combined Warfighting School (JPME II), CGSC Intermediate Level Education, Joint and Combined Warfighting School, Military Police Captain’s Career Course and the Officer Basic Course, Anti-Terrorism Officer Basic Course, MP Physical Security Course, Basic Airborne Course, Air Assault School, the Military Transition Team Basic and Advanced Course. He has a Law Enforcement Proficiency Certificate and an Associate Degree in General Studies from WorWic Community College in Salisbury, Maryland. He also has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and a minor in Information Systems from Wilmington College in Georgetown, Delaware. LTC Keller earned his Master of Arts Degree in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster’s University.
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 Michael J. Embs 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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