Colonel Robert Arnold relinquished command of the 14th Military Police Brigade to Colonel Kirk Whittenberger during a ceremony Wednesday on Gammon Field on Fort Leonard Wood.
The reviewing officer for the ceremony was Brigadier General Niave Knell , U.S. Army Military Police School commandant. Knell noted that Arnold successfully introduced a new, more motivating way to welcome trainees, called Operation Hammer Drop, which replaced the old “shark attack” method with inspirational demonstrations of MP capabilities. Arnold was also charged with the introduction of the Army Combat Fitness Test and the fielding of the M17 service pistol across the brigade. Knell called Whittenberger — who arrives here from an assignment with the National Joint Operations and Intelligence Center at the Pentagon — a “compassionate, extraordinary leader with experience at every echelon in the Army.”