Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
Command Sgt. Maj. Randall White took responsibility of the 705th Military Police Battalion (Detention) from Command Sgt. Maj. Justin Shad, who then assumed responsibility of the 15th MP Brigade and the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks, in a dual ceremony Feb. 25 in Eisenhower Hall’s DePuy Auditorium.
White’s duty positions throughout his career have included gunner, driver, team leader, military police dog handler, training noncommissioned officer, battlefield circulation control NCO, desk sergeant, squad leader, platoon sergeant, recruiter, recruiting station commander, operations NCO, first sergeant, Directorate of Emergency Services sergeant major, and battalion and brigade operations sergeant major, most notably for the 705th MP Battalion and the 15th MP Brigade.
His duty assignments include Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Drum, N.Y.; Fort Stewart, Ga.; Albany, N.Y.; Fort Carson, Colo.; Fort Riley, Kan.; and Fort Leavenworth.
His overseas assignments and deployments include Camp Casey, Korea; Mubarak Military Base in Egypt; and Camp Cropper and Al Assad Air Base, Iraq.
Lt. Col. Robert Rodock, 705th MP Battalion commander, said White has the ability to guide the battalion to new heights.
“Your motivation, technical expertise, can-do attitude, and goal to ‘find a way to get it done’ is exactly what we need to maintain the organizational momentum,” Rodock said. “You were instrumental to getting us to where we are now as the S3 sergeant major, and I can’t wait to get started with your fresh eyes and new ideas moving forward.”
White said he was glad to be back with the battalion.
“We are standing on the shoulders of giants. I will set the example, enforce the standards and lead from the front,” White said. “I do not take the responsibility for training, teaching, coaching and mentoring soldiers lightly. I care about you and your families, your personal and professional development and, most of all, your readiness.”
Shad held several assignments within the 15th MP Brigade with the 256th MP Company, 705th MP Battalion; 526th MP Company, 705th MP Battalion; Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 705th MP Battalion; HHC, Joint Regional Correctional Facility; and HHC, USDB, before assuming responsibility of the 705th MP Battalion on May 24, 2018.
During Shad’s time as the battalion command sergeant major, many accomplishments were realized, including the JRCF earning 100 percent on multiple Army Corrections Command technical assistance visits; the battalion being awarded the Army Superior Unit Award in 2018 and the Retention Top Performer for U.S. Forces Command in 2019; the 165th MP Company being awarded the 2019 Brig. Gen. Thomas F. Barr Award; the battalion deploying and redeploying a platoon in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and more.
“The NCO Creed states, ‘Officers of my unit will have maximum time to accomplish their duties, they will not have to accomplish mine,’” Rodock quoted. “Command Sergeant Major Shad lived that to the fullest. Because of Command Sergeant Major Shad, I know what right looks like for a senior noncommissioned officer.
“Command Sergeant Major Shad is an inspirational, transformational leader, loyal battle buddy, and I am honored to have served beside him for the last 21 months,” he said. “What Command Sergeant Major Shad did mattered, his integrity guided him, and he inspired a culture of no shortcuts within the Vigilance Battalion and Midwest Joint Regional Correctional Facility.”
Shad said he has been able to serve with the best during his time as the battalion command sergeant major.
“Any good leader knows that soldiers are the sole reason for an organization’s success. The success of this battalion is a true testament to the leaders at all levels that make it possible,” Shad said. “The Vigilance Battalion is small, but mighty, and time and time again I watched from afar as soldiers came together in difficult times whether it was during the loss of a soldier, a family in need, starting food and coat drives or going the extra mile to ensure our own felt like family. These soldiers work hard, play hard and by far have motivated me every day.”
After relinquishing responsibility of the 705th MP Battalion, Shad assumed responsibility of the 15th MP Brigade and the USDB from the late Command Sgt. Maj. William Ramsey, who died unexpectedly Jan. 20, 2020.
“Although his time was cut short by his untimely passing, (Ramsey’s) impact was lasting. He led our formation with passion for our mission, upholding high standards and allowing his subordinate NCOs to flourish. During Command Sergeant Major Ramsey’s tenure, our brigade staff … inspired mission command throughout the formation,” said Col. Caroline Smith, 15th MP Brigade commander and USDB commandant. “It takes a special NCO to serve as the senior enlisted leader with our organization and Command Sergeant Major Ramsey was that special NCO. … Losing Command Sergeant Major Ramsey was difficult for all of us, but the thing that makes it easier is that I am able to turn it over to another phenomenal NCO, Command Sergeant Major Justin Shad.
“Command Sergeant Major Shad is a perfect fit for this brigade. He is well-rounded in both the corrections and detentions missions. He understands the delicate balance that we must strike between the two,” she said. “He understands our mission, he knows the strategic importance of this organization, and he knows how to motivate and lead soldiers and civilians. He is a passionate, smart, dynamic and energetic leader who cares about soldiers, their families and our mission. He understands that soldiering is an affair of the heart. He is that total package leader, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to serve alongside him and lead our formation to even greater heights.”
Shad said he was humbled at the opportunity to serve as the brigade command sergeant major.
“I will give you 100 percent every day and serve as your voice to improve all that you do day in and day out,” he said.