Colonel (R) Robert B. Abernathy
Service Career: 1979-2019
Colonel (R) Robert B. Abernathy, Jr. devote over 40 years of dedicated service to the Military Police Corps Regiment. During his distinguished careers spanning over 25 years as a Soldier and 15 years as a Department of the Army Civilian, Colonel Abernathy was always at a forefront of the change and innovation propelling the Regiment forward in meeting Army requirements. He was extremely talented and among the very few Military Police Officers to serve in policing, investigation and corrections organizations, culminating his career as the Chief of Staff of the Defense Forensic Science Center, U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Command. From commanding military police formation in the field, or serving as USAMPS Chief of Combat Developments, to overseeing the creation and establishment of the Defense Forensic Science Center, Colonel Abernathy’s contributions to the Regiment have been lasting, impactful and historical.
Master Sergeant (R) Daniel T. Andrews
Service Career: 1991-2012
Mr. Daniel T. Andrews’ distinguished 30-year Army career, in and out of uniform, immeasurably impacted the Military Police Corps’ mission and had a profoundly positive impact on the Nation. His visionary leadership and unparalleled commitment to excellence drove improvements to Army law enforcement doctrine, policy, investigative techniques, crime prevention, and community engagement. He orchestrated the expansion of strategic law enforcement capabilities and interagency partnerships to combat the full range of criminal terrorist threats impact the Department of Defense, greatly enhancing warfighter capabilities, protecting the Total Force, and improving Army readiness.
Staff Sergeant (R) Gene E. Baxley
Service Career: 1973-1994
SSG Baxley’s distinguished military career spanned 20 years of outstanding service to his soldier, his Army, and his Nation. His military service was followed by a significant career developing and leading a world-class organization for combat veterans suffering from the effects of their combat experiences, returning home from the battlefield with severe Post Traumatic Stress. He was the principal developer of an organization now recognized by the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration for the treatment of PTSD. SSG Baxley always led from the front, by example, and was the embodiment of the type of Non-Commissioned Officer his Soldiers strived to be. He has served his country in peace and war for a lifetime with distinction, extraordinary leadership, earning him a place in our Army’s history occupied by a select few.
Lieutenant Colonel (R) Thomas Blair
Service Career: 1988-2009
LTC Thomas Blair began his extensive Army career in 1988 and would lead soldiers up to his retirement from the Army in 2009. Based on his previous experiences and vast amount of time in the operational force, especially as a Battalion and Brigade S3, LTC Blair was an exceptional planner and operator; an expert in the Military Decision-Making Process. LTC Blair would serve numerous deployments to Iraq during the Global War on Terror and would display outstanding interpersonal skills in dealing with key, senior political figures in all seven provinces. Since 2015, he has served as the Law Enforcement Division Chief for the Office of the Provost Marshal General as part of the Headquarters Department of the Army Staff.
Command Sergeant Major (R) Brenda Curfman
Service Career: 1984-2015
Command Sergeant Major (R) Brenda Curfman’s distinguished 31 year career of service to the Military Police Corps Regiment is highlighted by her professionalism and resiliency. CSM (R) Curfman has exceeded all standards and was an honor graduate of every military school and has attended numerous military courses. CSM (R) Curfman had many distinguished moments in her career, including being the first female Brigade Command Sergeant Major for the 18th MP BDE and the first Sergeant Major to serve as the Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Arlington National Cemetery. She continues to serve the Military Police Corps in her current capacity as a Department of the Army Civilian and as the Chief, Law Enforcement Branch, US Army Europe. She provides policy, guidance, and training directives to military police across six countries in Europe to include Germany, Italy, Belgium, Bulgaria, Romania, and Poland.
Colonel (R) Arnold Daxe Jr.
Service Career: 1963-1992
During his 28 years of active duty service, COL Daxe made substantial and impactful contributions to the United States Army and the Military Police Corps. His staff and command positions touched on every aspect of the Corps to include Combat Support, Criminal Investigations, Corrections, Physical security and Training, from junior company to senior field grade positions. He never shied away from dangerous assignments and his Soldiers always knew he led from the front. His high impact efforts as a civilian volunteer have been noted by law enforcement and public service agencies throughout the National Capital Region. Colonel Daxe’s outstanding service to his Country, both in peace and war, are in the highest traditions of the Military Police Corps, the U.S. Army, and our great Nation.
Colonel (R) Thomas Keller
Service Career: 1974-2004
COL Thomas Keller’s distinguished Army career of more than 29 years of outstanding service leading Military Police Soldiers during combat and operational contingencies positively shaped the future of our Military Police Corps Regiment in the areas of force protection, law enforcement, corrections, and criminal investigation. A superior leader and mentor, his coaching and professional development of men and women in our Regiment paved the way for the highly diverse and distinguished performing MP leaders serving today. As the 33rd Battalion Commander of the 503rd MP Battalion (Airborne), COL Keller would lead his units in four contingency operations. Since retirement from active duty, COL Keller’s service to our Nation progressed through a series of senior leadership positions within the private sector and has managed sensitive contracts to include the Department of Defense and Homeland Security.
Master Sergeant (R) Natalie J. Marasco Kindrick
Service Career: 1979-2002
Master Sergeant Natalie J. Kindrick demonstrated unparalleled leadership to the Military Police Corps Regiment from 1979 to 2002. She skillfully led combat support formation through every post-Cold War conflict and contingency to include customs operations in Europe, combat support missions in Operation Desert Storm, detainee operations and police mentorship in Operation Just Cause and throughout the United States Army South Area of Responsibility, resettlement operations and civil disturbance missions at Guantanamo Bay, and support to the Republic of Korea during a time of increase regional threats. MSG Kindrick established a reputation for excellence in training, precision care to Soldiers, mentorship of junior Noncommissioned Officers and Officers, and commitment to combat readiness. Her signature staff accomplishment was serving as a Military Police planner and representative beginning in 1996 for the move of the United States Army Military Police School from Fort McClellan, Alabama, to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. She oversaw the construction of key training facilities, instruction buildings, ranges, and barracks, ensuring that generations of Military Police inherited a first-rate installation to call home. A proud Native American, MSG Kindrick is remembered as a calming force in every unit she served in, a role model to every Soldier she served with, and a positive force for change in every community she lived in until her passing in 2019.
Colonel (R) Alex Mascelli
Service Career: 1979-2006
COL Alex Mascelli was a Soldier and dedicated governmental employee whose 40 years of competence, compassion, and leadership is evident in the effects he made to every organization he was assigned. COL Mascelli’s leadership, innovation, and vision for the Army’s Anti-Terrorism programs are founded on career efforts. COL Mascelli served as the Chief of the Anit-Terrorism division during the most turbulent times of history. His work on country-level vulnerability assessments, mobile training teams, and technological advance in Anti-Terrorism will protect our force for decades to come. COL Mascelli’s synergistic efforts to fuse the intelligence and policing community through the creation of the ARTIC was legendary. COL Mascelli will continue to be credited for his designs with community policing, as it was evident in his publication in over 60 articles during his tenure. COL Mascelli deserves to be recognized in the MP because the MP Corps is better as a result of his service and the legacy of the Soldiers he developed.
Lieutenant General (R) David E. Quantock
Service Career: 1980-2018
LTG Quantock's distinguished Army career of nearly 38 years immeasurably impacted the Military Police Corps' mission and provided a sound foundation for the tremendous successes enjoyed by the Regiment over the course of the last four decades. He commanded at every level from company, battalion, brigade, military police commandant, Joint Task Force 134 Commanding General (CG), the first MP CG at Fort Leonard Wood, the Provost Marshal General of the Army which included additional duties as the CG of the Army Corrections Command and CG of the Criminal Investigations Command (CID). He culminated his career as the Inspector General of the Army, the first military police officer to not only become the Army's Inspector General, but also promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General. Throughout his career he was known for developing an exceptionally positive command environment allowing every Soldier/Civilian to reach their full potential, leading from the front, and establishing a vision that the organizations coalesced around setting the table for the Military Police Corps remaining the Force of Choice.
Sergeant First Class (KIA) Wentz J.H. Shanaberger III
Service Career: 1991-2004
SFC Shanaberger’s legacy truly embodies the motto “Of the Troops and For the Troops” and our mission to assist, protect and defend our Soldiers and our Country. On 24 MAR 04, his keen awareness and valorous actions undoubtedly stopped an enemy ambush and saved the lives of his team and countless members of a convoy that were traveling towards an Iraqi ambush site. His actions resulted in the death of four enemy personnel at the cost of his own life. SFC Shanaberger gave the ultimate sacrifice by leading from the front, protecting his Soldiers and furthering the cause of freedom in Iraq. He died a son, father, Military Police Soldier, and a hero. As the Military Police Corps grows, we stand on the shoulders of extraordinary patriots like SFC Shanaberger who make up our solid foundation. We must know where we came from to know where we are going. Heroic actions such as his and lessons from our wars will be forgotten if we do not preserve them in our history.
Brigadier General (R) Mark S. Spindler
Service Career: 1982-2018
BG Mark S. Spindler served with distinction in the Military Police Corps Regiment throughout a distinguished career spanning over 32 years. His lasting impacts included successful operation deployments in Europe to include TASK FORCE EAGLE, Bosnia-Herzegovina and OPERATION JOINT ENDEAVOR, Yugoslavia. His combat service during OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM as commander of the 18th Military Police Brigade required him to simultaneously perform combat operations, develop a robust police intelligence network leading to more than a 100 successful raids as well as the capture of a significant number of high value targets, bomb making material, and hundreds of RPGs, mortars, machine guns and weapons. Additionally, his Task Force stabilized Iraqi Police Operations across the Country through robust and highly effective Iraqi Police Transition Teams. As the Deputy Provost Marshal General, he was a critical member of the Vice Chief of Staff Suicide Prevention Task Force leading to the publication of the GOLD and RED books to reduce suicides across the Army. BG Spindler, in coordination with the PMG, initiated the development of the MPSTRATPLAN, to modernize and operationalize the MP Corps for the demands of the 21st Century. BG Spindler served as the 47th Commandant of the United States Army Military Police Corps and Chief of the United States Army Military Police Corps Regiment. His vision, passionate leadership, commitment to the Soldiers, civilians and Families of the Regiment shaped the future of the Military Police Corps across the force.
Colonel (R) Herman Williams
Service Career: 1981-2009
COL(R) Williams retired from Active Duty in 2009 as the Provost Marshal, Chief Military Police, Joint Forces Headquarters Military District of Washington, Fort Lesley J. McNair, District of Columbia. As the senior leader he was responsible for physical security, law enforcement and access control, directed security and law enforcement operations and oversight of over 600 Police and Security Force Soldiers executing and securing 6 Department of the Army installations, located in 3 states and the District of Columbia. COL Williams established cooperative and strong partnerships with over 43 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies through information sharing, planning support, and training exchanges. COL Williams left an indelible impact on the Military Police Corps, and continues to serve and develop the Regiment. COL Williams currently serves as the Chief of Staff, Officer of the Provost Marshal General, Headquarters Department of the Army.