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Col. Peter Buck, Left, receives a plaque of recognition from Lt. Col. Jan Durham aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Feb. 18. The plaque was accepted on behalf of the Provost Marshal’s Office who received federal accreditation from Headquarters Marine Corps. The recognition came after seventeen months of observation from Headquarters Marine Corps through a modified course of inspections and criteria used for high-tempo municipal police forces. Buck is the commanding officer of MCAS Beaufort. Durham is a representative of the Deputy Commandant of Security Plans, Policies, and Operations Security Division.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Jonah Lovy

Fightertown PMO receives federal accreditation

26 Feb 2016 | Lance Cpl. Jonah Lovy Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

The Provost Marshal’s Office aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort received federal accreditation Feb. 18. The recognition came after a 17-month observation from Headquarters Marine Corps through a modified course of inspections and criteria used for high-tempo municipal police forces.

“It is the Marine Corps’ recognition of our efforts and a credit to the Provost Marshal’s Office,” said Maj. Eduardo Pinales, the Provost Marshal for MCAS Beaufort. “Receiving this award allows our department to say we are a professional, accredited department and we meet all the needs of the installation commander by providing security and safety of the installation to the best of our ability.”

HQMC representatives visited Beaufort on several occasions during the accreditation process to evaluate each service section within PMO. The representatives addressed the strengths and deficiencies within each section throughout the process.

“We have an expected standard to demonstrate proficiency in our daily jobs and we have met that standard here today,” said Pinales. “It is because of the hard work of every section and the individual Marines in those sections that we have made it to this level of excellence.”

In honor of the accomplishment, representative of the deputy commandant of Security Plans, Policies, and Operations Security Division, Lt. Col. Jan Durham, presented a plaque of recognition to Col. Peter Buck, the commanding officer of MCAS Beaufort.

“When you focus on achieving those standards, it gets the Provost Marshal, his military policemen and police officers back to the fundamental things they’re supposed to be doing on a regular basis: weapons qualifications, use of force adherence, upholding regulations,” said Durham.  “Those tier one standards are at the core of what we do.”

In order to be eligible for accreditation, PMO had to meet or exceed the specified curriculum, which is comprised of a series of basic criteria drafted from accreditation programs of larger municipal police forces.  This model requires each department to pass specific standards, from armory weapon and ammunition storage, to physical security surveys throughout the entire installation.  Recently, the implementation of the criteria throughout all military services has put the Marine Corps in a position to set the example.

Upon gaining eligibility, the deputy commandant for Plans, Policies, and Operations Security Division Director makes the final decision in the accreditation process.  Fightertown’s PMO not only exceeded those requirements, but also demonstrated that their department can indeed perform when it comes to force protection.

“Being an accredited institution is absolutely critical for several reasons,” said Durham. “At every installation, the commander has responsibility for security, safety and law enforcement for that particular base, and the majority of those responsibilities are executed by military police officers.”

The role of PMO is to maintain the security of the air station and ensure good order through enforcing regulations. The military police maintain constant vigilance over MCAS Beaufort, Laurel Bay, and Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island at all hours of the day and night to ensure the safety of its residents and visitors. 

“I want to thank each end every Marine for their hard work towards this achievement,” said Buck. “It is a credit to our entire base.”

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