COL Kirk Whittenberger
COL Kirk Whittenberger hails from Phoenix, AZ. In 1998, he commissioned through the U.S. Army’s ROTC program and entered into the Military Police Corps. Prior to becoming an officer, he completed seven years of enlisted service as a U.S. Army Field Artilleryman. COL Whittenberger’s key assignments include Platoon Leader, 527th MP Company (Wiesbadenand Geissen, Germany); Battalion S4 and Chief of Operations, 709th MP BN (Hanau, Germany); Brigade S1 and Brigade S4, 89th MP BDE (Fort Hood, TX); BN S3 and Executive Officer, 93rdMP BN (Fort Bliss, TX); Provost Marshal, 2d Infantry Division (Camp Casey, Korea); and Director of Plans and Operations, United States Army Military Police School (Fort Leonard Wood, MO). Most recently, he served as the Chief of Operations, Operations Team #5, National Joint Operations and Intelligence Center (National Military Command Center, the Pentagon).
COL Whittenberger’s previous command experience includes the 410th MP Co (Fort Hood, TX);the 93rd MP BN (Provisional) (Fort Bliss, TX); and the 519th MP BN (Fort Polk, LA). While assigned to Fort Polk, he concurrently served as the installation’s Director of Emergency Services with responsibility for daily policing operations, firefighting services, and force protection activities.COL Whittenberger holds a B.S. in Administration of Justice from Arizona State University (1997); M.A. in International Relations from Baylor University (2010); M.A. in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University (2018); and an M.S. in National Security and Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School, National Defense University (2019). His military education includes the MP Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Armed Services and Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army Airborne School.
COL Whittenberger has completed multiple operational deployments to the Balkans as well as two combat tours in Iraq. His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, and German Armed Forces Efficiency Badge (Gold).
COL Whittenberger is married to the former Annette Garcia of Simi Valley, CA. Annette is a retired U.S. Army Chemical Officer. They have a daughter attending Sam Houston State University and a son entering his first year at Central Texas College.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Paul P. DeSanto
CSM Paul P. DeSanto is a native of Orlando, Florida and he enlisted in the Army in September of 1997. He completed One Station Unit Training as a Military Policeman at Fort McClellan, Alabama. CSM DeSanto has served as a Land & Ammo NCO, Company Operations Sergeant, Unit Mobilization Assistor, Division Provost Marshal Operations Sergeant, Installation Provost Marshal Operations Sergeant, SMC Non-resident Instructor, Garrison Operations Sergeant Major, Garrison CSM and every Military Police leadership position from Team Leader to First Sergeant.
CSM DeSanto has served in numerous units throughout his career. They include the 411th Military Police Company, Fort Hood, TX; 57th Military Police Company, Camp Carroll, Korea; United States Army Security Force, Fort Detrick, MD (Installation Noncommissioned Officer of the Year); 529th Military Police Company, Heidelberg, Germany; 3rd Battalion 312th Infantry Regiment, Fort Meade, MD; 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, HI; 57th Military Police Company once again as a First Sergeant, Schofield Barracks, HI; 733rd Security Forces Squadron (Air Force), Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA; and JBLM-Yakima Training Center HQ, Yakima, WA. His combat tours of duty include Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
CSM DeSanto is a graduate of the Unit Prevention Leaders Course, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, TASER Instructor Course, Battle Staff Course, Conventional Physical Security Course, Antiterrorism Officer Basic Course, Brigade Non-lethal Weapons Capabilities Set Instructor Course, Master Resiliency Course, Common Faculty Development Program, Battalion CSM Pre-command Course, Battalion CSM Development Program, Garrison Pre-command Course, and the TRADOC IMT Pre-command Course. His NCOES courses include the Basic Leaders Course, Advance Leaders Course (Commandant’s List), Senior Leaders Course, First Sergeant Course and the Unites StatesArmy Sergeants Major Academy – Class 67 (Commandant’s List).
CSM DeSanto’s awards and decorations includes: Bronze Star Medal (2nd award), Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd award), Army Commendation Medal (3rd award), Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (5th award), Army Good Conduct Medal (7th award), National Defense Service Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 bronze service stars), Iraq Campaign Medal (1 bronze service star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (5th award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (5th award), NATO (ISAF) Medal, Combat Action Badge, Driver Badge, German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Silver), Meritorious Unit Commendation (2nd award), Joint Meritorious Unit Award and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.
CSM DeSanto was awarded the Military Police Order of the Marechaussee (Bronze), received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Magna Cum Laude, from Grantham University and is currently pursuing his Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership from Grantham University. He is married to the former Elizabeth Anne Kimble from Altamonte Springs, Florida and together they have one child, Zachary, who is 17 years old.
Permanent Party Reporting
When you arrive sign in from leave at Dillard Hall, Bldg 470, 140 Replacement Ave. New Soldiers will start the “Arrive Strong” program the following duty day. The “Arrive Strong” program is a seven day installation in-processing program for all permanent party Soldiers.
Inside the Wire
Basic Military Police Training Division
The 14th Military Police Brigade transforms civilians into disciplined and physically fit Soldiers of character; trains and educates law enforcement professionals to continuously support the Army’s premier dual-purpose force and mitigate strategic risk.
History of the 14th Military Police Brigade
The 14th Military Police Brigade played a major role in the defense of freedom since it was first activated as the 14th Military Police Group in Mannheim, Germany on 25 June 1965. The Group was reorganized 10 June 1968 at Fort Meade, Maryland to provide support to the nation’s capital until it was reactivated and returned to Germany as the 14th Military Police Group at Moehringen, Germany on 16 November 1981. It was reorganized and redesignated as the 14th Military Police Brigade on 16 August 1985 at Wilkin Kaserne, Kornwestheim, Germany.
The Brigade, comprised of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, the 385th Military Police Battalion in Kornwestheim, and the 793rd Military Police Battalion in Nurnberg, supported VII (US) Corps with a powerful force ready to conduct rear combat operations, battlefield circulation control, prisoner of war operations and war-time law enforcement. The Brigade also provided trained military police for peacetime force protection in the thirteen military communities of the VII (US) Corps. The Brigade deployed with one battalion to Saudi Arabia in December 1990 in support of Operation Desert Shield while its remaining units worked with the Polizei and Feldjaegers to provide security for the soldiers and families left in Germany. When Operation Desert Storm commenced in January 1991, the Brigade commanded 21 units of active and reserve forces – 2,800 soldiers – until redeployed in May 1991. It was then inactivated at Kornwestheim, Germany on 17 March 1992 and reorganized at Mannheim, Germany on 18 March 1992 as the command and control headquarters for the 95th and 97th Military Police Battalions.
The 14th Military Police Brigade was later inactivated on 15 September 1994 at Mannheim, Germany. On 1 October 1999, as part of the move of the Military Police Corps Regiment from Fort McClellan, Alabama the Brigade was reactivated at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. In 1999, 14th Military Police Brigade contained the 701st Military Police Battalion, the 787th Military Police Battalion and the 795th Military Police Battalion. On 15 January 2007 to accommodate the surge of Soldiers the 796th Military Police Battalion was activated. The 796th Military Police Battalion was inactivated shortly after on 17 December 2008. On 24 May 2018, the 1st Battalion, 58th Infantry Regiment was reactivated at Fort Leonard Wood and assigned to the 14th Military Police Brigade to conduct basic combat training in support of the Army’s end strength increase. The 1st Battalion, 58th Infantry Regiment was inactivated on 18 September 2020. Yearly the Brigade trains thousands of Soldiers where it proudly upholds its motto, “Forge the Regiment”.
Bde Staff Duty (Cell) (573) 842-8930 (DSN) 573-596-0424