Corps honors MP personnel
By Cpl. Benjamin E. Woodle
| Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | April 04, 2014
Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego --
Current and former service members came together to recognize military police personnel throughout the Marine Corps during the Jim Kallstrom and Security and Emergency Services Awards Banquet aboard the depot, March 12.
The awards were presented in honor of Jim Kallstrom, a former Vietnam Marine, who distinguished himself during a career of more than 28 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation culminating with his appointment as the assistant director of the FBIs New York bureau.
Brig. Gen. James W. Bierman, commanding general, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and Western Recruiting Region, was the distinguished key note speaker for the event.
“I am honored to share this evening with all of you in recognizing the award winners,” said Bierman. “I would like to thank everyone here for the professionalism and dedication each of you exhibit while protecting our bases, stations and forward operating bases to ensure mission accomplishment. More importantly the people – Marines in uniform, civilian Marines, our families, contractors and visitors.”
The Jim Kallstrom Award for leadership was presented to Master Sgt. John A. Alen, for performance of his duties while he was assigned to Marine Special Operations Combat Support Battalion, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Alen was recognized for his leadership as program manager for the Marine Special Operations Command Multi-purpose Canine Program. His leadership was an important part of making sure the program excelled and went beyond the demanding requirements in support of Marine Special Operations Command deployments around the world.
Alen’s command recognized that he played an important role in the program’s success and his contributions and leadership had a positive impact on the Marine Corps and the military police community on a daily basis.
The Jim Kallstrom Award for bravery was presented to Sgt. Miles F. Jones-France, Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
While in Afghanistan on Jan. 8, 2013, Jones-France was in combat, receiving fire from medium machine guns and small arms from three separate enemy positions. Jones-France coordinated and returned effective fire on the enemy positions, which enabled his team to maneuver under cover to defeat the enemy.
This was just one of Jones-France’s many selfless actions during his deployment.
There was also a Security and Emergency Services Civilian Award presented during the ceremony. Each year the assistant deputy commandant, security divsion, Raymond F. Geoffroy, recognizes civilian Marines who have distinguished themselves by making noteworthy contributions to the Security and Emergency Services community.
The SES civilian Marine of the year award was presented to Police Lt. Jude J. Gronenthal, from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.
During 2013, Officer Gronenthal completely revamping the Provost Marshal’s Office officer scheduling process, which resulted in saving the air station over $300,000 in annual overtime costs and enabling the PMO to establish a full-time Special Reaction Team.
His critical role in the PMO’s successful completion of the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Accreditation Program was a result of his dedication and professionalism, which helped Marine Corps Air Station Miramar PMO receive recognition as the first PMO to achieve Headquarters Marine Corps Law Enforcement Accreditation.
The awards banquet is an annual event that is coordinated by Headquarters Marine Corps Law Enforcement Corrections Branch to recognize the outstanding leadership and bravery exhibited by the MPs. It took place during the annual United States Marine Corps Senior Leaders’ Security Conference Banquet from March 10-14.
The intent of the event was to discuss pertinent issues with senior leadership regarding current and future trends of security related topics within the Marine Corps. Representatives from mission assurance, Marine Corps law enforcement, critical infrastructure program, installation emergency management, physical security and defense support of civil authorities discussed and developed strategic guidance for synchronization of policy and program areas relating to security within the Marine Corps.
“As a participating member during the conference, I was impressed by the critical thinking and spirited discussion in framing the problem statement that affects our current environment,” said Bierman. “It’s great to know we have the best and brightest to tackle the challenges.”