FORT HOOD — There is a saying at Fort Hood: As the 89th Military Police Brigade goes, so goes the Military Police Corps.
“After two years of serving with you I believe this with all of my heart,” said Col. Robert Dillon, the brigade’s outgoing commander. “You are leaders of competence and character and care deeply for soldiers’ training and quality of life. You are focused on the future and have adapted your organizations to the emerging needs of our senior commanders to deal with threats to our formations at home station and abroad.”
Dillon relinquished command of the “Griffin” Brigade during a ceremony Wednesday at Sadowski Field. The scope of command includes not only the brigade, but the civilian first responders who make up Fort Hood’s Directorate of Emergency Services.
“To be successful as a director of emergency services you must rely on and believe in our amazing Army civilians who make emergency response and service a reality every day,” he said.
During Dillon’s two years of command, crime dropped 18 percent and misconduct dropped 25 percent, said Maj. Gen. Kendall Cox, deputy commander of III Corps and reviewing officer of the ceremony. The brigade also sent contingencies of soldiers on 27 deployments during that time.
“Col. Dillon implemented the 89th MP Brigade and DES strategic plan to move processes from reactive to preventive,” Cox said.
Col. Ross T. Guieb accepted command of the Griffin Brigade, with his wife, Kathy, and three sons by his side. He most recently served as the executive officer to the provost marshal general’s office in Washington, D.C. He previously served with the brigade’s 720th Military Police Battalion and deployed with them to Iraq.
“Ross, as you have seen by the outstanding caliber of officers, NCOs and soldiers of this brigade, your challenge will be to take a great unit and make it better,” Dillon said.
“That said, you are a leader up to this challenge and ... I know you will take it to the next level.”
As Guieb addressed his troops for the first time, he told soldiers he looked forward to working with them.
“The Guieb family is all in,” he said.
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