U.S. Army Military Police School
The United States Army Military Police School Trains, Educates, and Develops Military Police Civilians, Soldiers, and Leaders; executes proponent functions; integrates DOTMLPF-P solutions that provide Military Police capabilities enabling maneuver forces across the range of military operations.
As a learning organization, USAMPS is a team of highly skilled, talented, and innovative professionals of character exercising disciplined initiative with shared understanding, to develop and deliver to the Army the best MP Soldiers, Civilians, Leaders, and capabilities for the current fielded force while transforming the MP Corps to support the requirements of the Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) capable force of 2028 and the MDO ready force of 2035.
Mission Priority 1: Drive DOTMLPF Change
- MP Force Modernization
- Protection Proponency
- DoD Peace Officer Standards/Curriculum
- Engage Leaders
Mission Priority 2: Develop Leaders, Soldiers, and Civilians to generate readiness
- Individual, Leader, Collective, and Functional TNG
- LPD Opportunities
- METL Assessments
People Priority 1: Informing and Caring for People
- Maintain a professional, healthy, and safe environment
- Recognize/Reward creativity, innovation, and excellence
- Shape Information Domain
BG Niave F. Knell
Brigadier General Niave F. Knell is from Milford, Massachusetts. She was commissioned in 1992 at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, where she also received a Bachelor of Science degree in Comparative Politics. Her military schooling includes the Military Police Officer Basic Course, Military Police Officer Advanced Course, United States Army Command and General Staff College, United States Army School of Advanced Military Studies, and National War College. In addition to her bachelor’s degree, her civilian education includes a Master of Science degree in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University, a Master of Advanced Military Studies degree from the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from National War College.
BG Knell’s previous duty assignments include Platoon Leader, 92d Military Police Company, Darmstadt, Germany; Battalion S1, 709th Military Police Battalion, Hanau, Germany; Assistant Operations Officer, 709th Military Police Battalion, Tuzla, Bosnia; Battalion S4, 519th Military Police Battalion, Fort Polk, Louisiana; Commander, 204th Military Police Company, Fort Polk, Louisiana; Provost Marshal Operations Officer, Fort Polk, Louisiana; Senior Observer/ Controller, 3rd Battalion, 5th Brigade, 78th Division (TS), Fort Meade, Maryland; Assistant Operations/IHP Police Training Officer, 42d Military Police Brigade, Baghdad, Iraq; Brigade S3, 42d Military Police Brigade, Fort Lewis, Washington; Plans Officer, 3rd Army (ARCENT), Ft McPherson, Atlanta; Commander, 22d Military Police Battalion (CID), Baghdad, Iraq and Fort Lewis, Washington; Deputy Brigade Commander, 42d Military Police Brigade, Bagram, Afghanistan and Fort Lewis, Washington; Chief of Operations, Army Operations Center, Pentagon; Commander, 14th Military Police Brigade; and Chief of Staff, U.S. Army North.
Her awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Superior and Meritorious Unit Awards, Public Health Service Outstanding Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NATO Medal, Air Assault Badge, Parachutist Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, and the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge-Gold.
BG Knell and her husband have three sons.
Colonel Steve Yamashita
COL Steve Yamashita was born in 1971 on the island of Guam. He graduated from the University of Guam with a degree in Criminal Justice. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Military Police (MP) through the University’s ROTC program in December 1993.
COL Yamashita has held a variety of leadership and staff positions to include Platoon Leader; Company XO; Brigade S1; Company Commander; Plans Officer; Observer / Controller; Battalion S3; Battalion XO; Chief Strategic Initiatives Group (HQDA OPMG); Battalion Commander; Chief, MP Branch, Human Resources Command; Chief, Detainee Affairs Division, Joint Staff, J-37 Deputy Directorate for Special Operations, Counterterrorism and Detainee Affairs Division; and Commander, Joint Detention Group, JTF GTMO.
His duty stations include, Fort McClellan, Alabama; Daegu, Korea; Mannheim, Germany; Wurzburg, Germany; Heidelberg Germany; Fort Polk, Louisiana; Fort Carson, Colorado; Newport, Rhode Island; The Pentagon; Grafenwhör, Germany; Fort Knox, Kentucky; Fort McNair, DC; US NAVSTA Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal (1OLC), the Defense Meritorious Service medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (1 Silver OLC, 1 Bronze OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), and the Army Achievement Medal. His badges include the Combat Action Badge, and the US Army and Australian Basic Parachutist Badges, the Army Staff and Joint Chiefs of Staff ID Badges.
He has deployed to Bosnia (Balkans Summit), Kosovo, Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom I, and Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08.
COL Yamashita’s education includes the Military Police Officer Basic and Advanced Courses; Combined Arms Services Staff School; Intermediate Level Education at the Naval College of Command and Staff, Naval War College; and Senior Service College at the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University. He received Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy.
He is married to his high school sweetheart and they have two children.
Regimental Chief Warrant Officer
CW5 Mark W. Arnold
Mark W. Arnold was born in Kankakee, IL and raised in Delavan, IL. He is a 1985 graduate of Delavan Community High School and a 2006 graduate of the American Military University of Charles Town, WV with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. In June 1984, he enlisted in the Illinois National Guard and attended the US Army Military Police (MP) training in 1985. In 1987, he enlisted in the US Army and in August 1994, he was accepted into the US Army Criminal Investigation Command (USACIDC) as a Special Agent. In February 1997, he became a US Army Warrant Officer.
His USACIDC assignments include being a member of the General and Economic Crimes Team in Fort Bragg, NC; General and Economic Crimes Team Chief in Camp Humphreys, Korea; Special Agent-in-Charge at Rock Island Arsenal, IL; Special Agent-in-Charge in Tallil, Iraq; Commander of the 20th Military Police Detachment (CID), Camp Humphreys, Korea; Military Police Investigation Division Chief, U.S. Army Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Battalion Operations Officer, 22nd Military Police Battalion (CID)(FWD) in Bagram, Afghanistan; Battalion Operations Officer, 22nd Military Police Battalion (CID), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, Chief of Investigative Operations, at the Headquarters, USACIDC, Quantico, VA and Group Operations Officer, 3D Military Police Group (CID), Hunter Army Air Field, GA.
CW5 Arnold is a graduate of the US Army Warrant Officer Candidate School, CID Warrant Officer Basic Course, CID Warrant Officer Advanced Course, Warrant Officer Staff Course and the Warrant Officer Senior Staff Course. Additionally, he attended numerous military and civilian schools and courses during his career to include the Protective Services Training course, Fort McClellan, AL, Hostage Negotiation course, Fort McClellan, AL; Advanced Fraud Investigation course, Fort McClellan, AL; Antiterrorism Program Manager course, Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Environmental Crimes Investigations course, Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Crime and Criminal Analyst Course, Fort Leonard Wood, MO, White Collar Crimes Course, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center; and the Fire/Arson Investigation, National Fire Academy.
He has received numerous awards recognizing his work, including the Bronze Star Medal (1) Army Meritorious Service Medal (7); the Army Commendation Medal (2); the Army Achievement Medal (6); Army Good Conduct Medal (3); National Defense Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; NATO Medal; Korea Defense Service Medal; NCO Professional Development Ribbon (2); Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon (6).
Regimental Command Sergeant Major
CSM Shawn A. Klosterman
CSM Shawn A. Klosterman is a native of Rapid City, SouthDakota. He entered the Army on September 11, 1996 as part of the delayed entryprogram and attended Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training inSeptember 1996 at Fort Benning Georgia and graduated as an Infantryman. Heagain attended Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri inJanuary 2001 and graduated as a Corrections NCO.
His stateside assignments include Headquarters andHeadquarters Company (HHC), 1/23 and 1/24 Infantry Battalion, Ft Lewis, WA, 67thMP Company, 704th MP Battalion, Ft Lewis, WA, HHC JRCF, 165thMP Company, 705th MP Battalion, and 291st MP Company, 40thMP Battalion, Fort Leavenworth Kansas, HHC, 504th MP Battalion, andHHC, 508th MP Battalion, JBLM WA. His overseas assignments includeHHC, 1/506th Battalion, Camp Greaves, Korea, 249th MP Detachment,Camp Humphreys, Korea, 193rd MP Company, 525th MP Battalion, Cuba.His deployments include HHC, 705th MP Battalion, Camp Taji and CampCropper, Iraq, and, 291st MP Company, 40th MP Battalion,Camp Sabalu-Harrison, Afghanistan.
He has served in many leadership positions, including TeamLeader, Squad Leader, Hostage and Crisis Negotiation NCOIC, SORT NCOIC, WatchCommander, Platoon Sergeant, Battalion Training NCO, Battalion and Brigade S2NCOIC, Company Operations NCO, First Sergeant, Operations Sergeant Major, BattalionCommand Sergeant Major, and previously the Command Sergeant Major for the 18thMP Brigade.
His military and civilian education include PrimaryLeadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course andAdvanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Air Assault School, Airborne School,Hostage and Crisis Negotiations Course, Fitness Leaders Course, Non-LethalWeapons Instructor Course, Combatives Level I/II Course, Advanced SituationalAwareness Course, Action Officer Supervisor and Manager Development Course,Combat Life Saver Course, Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military EducationCourse, Master Resilience Training Course, Battle Staff Course, First SergeantCourse, and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy class 66. He has Master’s Degree in Management andOrganizational Leadership from Excelsior College.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit,Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Army CommendationMedal with (1 SOLC), Army Achievement Medal (1 SOLC), Good Conduct Medal (8thAward), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Service Medal (1Bronze Star), Iraqi Campaign Service Medal (1 Bronze Star), Global War onTerrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, KoreanDefense Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Outstanding VolunteerService Medal, Nato Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional DevelopmentRibbon (bronze numeral 5), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (bronzenumeral 6), Meritorious Unit Citation (1 Bronze Star), Army Superior UnitAward, Expert Infantry Badge, Air Assault Badge, Airborne Badge, German ArmedForces Badge for Military Proficiency in gold (2nd), the Order ofthe Marechaussee in bronze, the Sergeant Morales and Sergeant Audie MurphyAward.
He is married to Tametra Klosterman of Texas CityTexas. They have seven children: Justin,Terrill, Lauryn, Tahrik, Zachary, Jahnessa, Alexis.