Command Sgt. Maj. Rebecca Myers' 30 Year Career
by U.S. Army Spc. Noelle Wiehe
December 4, 2020
The hand that opened the cruiser door on a junior military police
Soldiers’ first patrol 30 years ago, now aged by a full Army career,
again grasps the handle of a 549th Military Police Battalion
cruiser. She opens the door, climbs in and swings the Durango out
onto the darkened streets for one last patrol.
and Hunter Army Airfield Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Rebecca Myers
began her military career as a military police Soldier in Panama and
chose to close it out on Nov. 27, 2020 with the same unit now stationed on
Command Sgt. Maj. Rebecca Myers, Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield Garrison senior enlisted leader, cruises Fort Stewart during midshift on Nov. 27, 2020 with military police of the 549th Military Police Company as a final ride before she enters retirement after a 30-year career. Myers came to Fort Stewart for the second time in her Army career in the summer of 2018 to serve as the Fort Stewart’s first female garrison command sergeant major. (U.S. Army by Spc. Noelle Wiehe)
“If I was going to do this, I might as well
have done it with the 549th because then I can feel like everything
has come full circle,” Myers said.
Her MP training came back
to her inherently knowing where to stand on a traffic stop and alert
for things out of the ordinary, but Myers admitted she most
appreciated being welcomed back into the brotherhood and sisterhood
of the MP Corps.
“What was really kind of special was to be
able to go and do some walking patrols with each of the patrolmen
and talk to them about what they like about Fort Stewart and hear
their thoughts and share stories,” Myers said. “It was just a good
Myers wasn’t alone in commemorating her career come
full circle that night, either. Sgt. Raymond MacKenzie, patrol
supervisor, 549th MP Co., said he had worked with Myers when he was
going through one-station unit training at Fort Leonard Wood,
Missouri, and Myers was the 795th MP Bn. command sergeant major.
“I was there for his first day in the Army,” Myers said.
MacKenzie told Myers he remembered her making him drop for pushups
for not calling “at ease” when she walked in the building.
Throughout the night, the two patrolled for MacKenzie’s midshift but
saw a mostly calm post.
“It was awesome; it was quiet,”
Myers said. “From a garrison sergeant major, I was happy that it was
quiet, but from an MP perspective, I was looking for a little bit of
The ride along ended with Myers’ last Ending
Time on Duty call, where the 385th MP Battalion Commander Lt. Col.
Craig Giancaterino commended her over the radio.
was really special, in fact they had me speechless,” Myers said.
Capt. Chelsea Kay, 549th MP Co. commander, said the final ETD was
something Kay had never seen before.
director of Fort Stewart Emergency Services, wrote the script which
he and other members of the company made sure would be read by the
Emergency Communications Center when Myers made her last ETD call.
“It is fitting your final days of active-duty are with the
unit that your legacy began – the 549th Military Police Company,
‘Tropic Enforcers,’” Giancaterino said. “Your engaged leadership has
left the most positive impact for the Fort Stewart and Marne
community. Remember retirement isn’t just the end of something
great, it is the start of something better. Happy retirement. Enjoy.
You deserve it.”
Myers intends to seek employment through
the Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program following her
retirement, but more importantly, she intends to spend time with her
daughter in Kansas City, Missouri.
“I’m really looking
forward to spending time with her,” Myers said. “Being apart for so
long, it is going to be good to be able to have uninterrupted time
to spend with her that I haven’t had over the last several years.”
Myers gave challenge coins to the entire shift of MPs with her
that night, and she received unit challenge coins from the 385th MP
Bn. and the 549th MP Co. She knows the challenges of the MP
occupation, and she felt they deserved a display of appreciation for
their hard work behind the scenes of the Marne community.
“Being an MP can sometimes be a very thankless job; you get to see
the best and the worst of everybody,” Myers said. “I felt that it
was important they understood how much I appreciated them and
everything that they do every single day. To work all hours of the
day, all hours of the night, on holidays, in the rain, in the heat …
I wanted to thank them for doing what they do and keeping everybody
safe here on Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield.”
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