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3rd Military Police Group (CID)

Photo of COL ByrdColonel Thomas H. Byrd
Commander, 3rd Military Police Group (CID)

Colonel Thomas H. Byrd is a native of Marion,Ohio and a diehard Ohio State fan.  He was commissioned a Military Police Officer through Seattle University in 1989.

His previous assignments include: Chief, Initiatives Group, Headquarters Department of the Army, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8 (2011-2012), Battalion Commander and Director of Emergency Services, 93rd Military Police Battalion, Fort Bliss Texas (2007-2010), J-3, Task Force 134, Multi-National Forces Iraq (2006-2007), Battalion Commander, 3rd Military Police Battalion and Director of Emergency Services, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart Georgia (2005-2006), Battalion Executive Officer, 3rd Military Police Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart Georgia (2003-2005), Battalion S-3, 94th Military Police Battalion and Training Officer, 8th Military Police Brigade, Yongsan, Korea (2000-2002).  He additionally served as the Battalion Executive Officer, Fort Riley, Criminal Investigation Division, Fort Riley, Kansas (1998-2000). 

As a Company Grade Officer he had a variety of assignments to include Commander, Bravo Company, 3rd MP Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart Ga. (1996-1998), Assistant Professor of Military Science, University of Dayton (1994-1996), Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer, 630th MP Company, Bamberg Germany (1992-1993), Direct Support Platoon Leader, 3rd “Bulldog Brigade," 1st Armored Division, Bamberg Germany (1990-1991), and Platoon Leader, 549th Military Police Company, Fort Davis Panama (1989-1990).

Colonel Byrd is a graduate of the Military Police Officer Basic and Advanced Course, CAS3, the United States Army Command and General Staff College, National War College and the U.S. Army Airborne School.  He holds a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science in National Security from the National War College and a Bachelor of Arts from Seattle University with an emphasis in Criminal Justice.

Colonel Byrd’s awards and decorations include: the Legion of Merit (2 OLC), Bronze Star Medal (2OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (7 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with Three Service Stars, Iraqi Campaign Medal (1OLC), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Medal with numeral four device,  Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation (2OLC), Army Superior Unit Award (1OLC), Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge.

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