The 701st Military Police Group (CID), headquartered at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, conducts worldwide specialized criminal investigative support for classified Army programs and sensitive activities; acquisition fraud affecting Army programs and systems, major construction, and Soldier safety; intrusions, related malicious activities, and insider threats involving U.S. Army computers; terrorism-focused investigations; and protective services operations for senior Department of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff and Department of the Army leaders.
Colonel Terry M. Nihart hails from Beech Creek, Pennsylvania and attended Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, where he received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps in December 1994. He entered active duty in January 1995.
Colonel Nihart’s assignments include Operations Division Chief, Office of the Provost Marshal General, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; Executive Officer to the Commanding General, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Military Assistant to the Commander, ISAF Joint Command, Afghanistan; Battalion Commander, 503d Military Police Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Action Officer, Headquarters, Department of the Army G-33 (Current Operations) and Team Chief, Army Operations Center, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; Battalion Executive Officer and Battalion S3, 728th Military Police Battalion, Schofield Barracks, Hawai’i; Operations Officer, United States Disciplinary Barracks, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Battalion S3, 1000th Military Police Battalion (CID), Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Assistant BDE S3, 16th Military Police Brigade (Airborne), Company Commander, 118th Military Police Company (Airborne), and Brigade S1, 16th Military Police Brigade (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Assistant BN S3, 504th Military Police Battalion and Platoon Leader, 170th Military Police Company, Fort Lewis, Washington.
Colonel Nihart’s military education includes Airborne School, Advanced Airborne School, Air Assault School, Military Police Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Special Reaction Team Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, and Senior Service College.
His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, a Master of Arts degree in Criminology from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida and a Master of Science Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy at Fort McNair, Washington, DC.
He has deployed in support of Operation Sustain Liberty (Panama), Operation Noble Eagle (Pentagon), Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq), and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).
His awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge, among others.
Command Sergeant Major Brian K. Garon is a native of Burlington, New Jersey. He entered the U.S. Army in 1995 as a Military Policeman, and in 2000 reclassified as a CID Special Agent with the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command.
Command Sergeant Major Garon’s assignments include Team Leader, 545th MP Company, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Operations NCO, Allied Land Forces Central Europe (NATO), Heidelberg, Germany; MPI/DST NCOIC, 293rd Base Support Battalion, Mannheim, Germany (Attached Mannheim Resident Agency (CID)); Special Agent/DST Team Chief, Fort Gordon Resident Agency (CID), Fort Gordon, Georgia; Special Agent, 76th MP Detachment (CID), Camp Carroll, Republic of South Korea; Detachment Sergeant, 12th MP Detachment (CID), Fort Eustis, Virginia; Protective Services Agent/Detachment Sergeant, Protective Services Unit and 521st MP Detachment (CID), and Battalion Operations NCO, Protective Services Battalion, Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Professional Development NCO/Career Advisor, HQUSACIDC, Fort Belvoir, Virginia (Duty at Human Resources Command, MP Branch, Alexandria, Virginia); Battalion First Sergeant, Washington CID Battalion, Fort Myer, Virginia; Battalion Command Sergeant Major, 5th MP Battalion (CID), Kaiserslautern, Germany, and Group Operations Sergeant Major, 3rd MP Group (CID), Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia.
Command Sergeant Major Garon deployed as a Protective Services Agent, Operation Iraqi Freedom (Baghdad, Iraq), and a Personal Security Officer, Operation Enduring Freedom (Bagram, Afghanistan) (CJTF–76, 10th Mountain Division (LI) and CJTF–82, 82nd Airborne Division).
Command Sergeant Major Garon’s military education includes the U.S. Air Force Basic Training and Technical School (Security Police Specialist), U.S. Air Force Desert Warfare Training Course, U.S. Army Basic and Advanced Individual Training (OSUT), Primary Leadership Development Course, Counterdrug Investigations Course, Reid Interview and Interrogations Course, Apprentice Special Agent Course, Introduction to Computer Search and Seizure Course, Child Abuse Prevention and Investigative Techniques Course, Hostage Negotiations Course, Equal Opportunity Representative Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advanced Crime Scene Investigative Techniques Course, Advanced Fraud Investigation Course, Protective Services Training Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advanced Forensic Child Abuse Staff Course, First Sergeants Course, Special Agent Laboratory Training Course, Evidence Management Certification Course, Statement Analysis Course, Advanced Statement Analysis Course, Critical Incident Peer Support Course, Battle Staff Course, Master Resilience Training Course, Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course, Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Level I Course, and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Resident Course (Class #64).
Command Sergeant Major Garon’s civilian education includes an Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice from Central Texas College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology, a Master of Science degree in Management/Homeland Security Management, and a Master of Business Administration all from University of Maryland University College. He is a graduate of the Scotland Yard Crime Academy Exhibits Officer Course (London, England), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy (Session #247) (Quantico, Virginia).
Command Sergeant Major Garon’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (7th Award), Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal (Bronze Star Device), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (Bronze Star Device), Iraq Campaign Medal (Bronze Star Device), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 3), Air Force Training Ribbon, NATO Medal, Air Force Security Police Qualification Badge, Driver/Mechanic Badge - Wheeled Vehicle, Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge, Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, German Schutzenschnur (Bronze), and the Combat Action Badge.
Ms. Celia Gallo is a native of Evansville, Indiana and a graduate of Purdue University. She entered military service in 1986 and attended the Military Police One Station Unit Training School at Fort McClellan, Alabama. In March 2006, she retired and was employed for the Department of Defense Inspector General, both in Investigative and Policy Oversight and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service. In May 2014, she returned to the CID family to become the 701st Military Police Group Operations Officer.
Her previous military assignments include Deputy Chief, Investigative Operations, Headquarters, United States Army Criminal Investigation Command, Fort Belvoir, Va.; Operations Officer, 5th Military Police Battalion (CID), Kaiserslautern, Germany; Forensics Science Officer, 5th Military Police Battalion; Special Agent in Charge, Kaiserslautern Resident Agency; Special Agent in Charge, Giessen Resident Agency; Team Chief, 75th Military Police Detachment, Fort Carson, Colo.; Special Agent, Fort McClellan Resident Agency and Giessen Resident Agency; Military Policeman, 300th Military Police Company, Stuttgart, Germany.
Her military education includes the Warrant Officer Advanced Course, Warrant Officer Basic Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Primary Leadership Development Course, Advanced Crime Scenes, Bloodstain and Pattern Analysis, Advanced Fraud Course, Protective Services Training Course, Child Abuse Intervention and Training Course, Apprentice Special Agent Course, Military Police One Station Unit Training School, and Basic and Advanced Forensic Pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.
Her civilian law enforcement education includes graduating from the FBI National Academy, Quantico, Va.; the Major Case Management Course at the Canadian Police College in Ottawa, Canada; and is a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Ms. Gallo holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy/Policy Management from Georgetown University; Masters Certificate as a Project Management Professional, The George Washington University; Master’s Degree in Forensic Science from The George Washington University; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. She is an Armed Forces Institute of Pathology Fellow in Medicolegal Death Investigations; a member of the American Academy of Forensic Science; a member of the FBI National Academy Associates; and, a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Her military awards include the Legion of Merit; Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3OLC), the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Overseas Service Medal (Long/Short tours). Her civilian awards include the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal and the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service.
The Field Investigative Unit conducts investigations involving sensitive matters and other investigations of interest to senior Army leadership requiring exceptional levels of discretion.
Through five subordinate field offices and 33 globally aligned offices, the MPFU conducts investigations into allegations of fraud associated with the Army’s major acquisition programs. Each year MPFU recoveries have exceeded the entire CID operating budget. To date, MPFU investigations have resulted in more than $2.1 billion returned to the taxpayers.
In 1986, in response to growing concerns of fraud, waste and abuse associated with the Army’s acquisition programs, the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command established a requirement for a dedicated force of criminal investigators specialized in investigating contract fraud crimes. In 1987, USACIDC hired regional special agents-in-charge to serve as the Procurement Fraud Unit managers, who were aligned under the existing USACIDC Region Headquarters. These personnel were the first civilian criminal investigators to serve as CID Special Agents.
In April 1991, control of Procurement Fraud Unit elements was centralized under the newly formed Investigative Services Activity and re-designated then as the Major Procurement Fraud Unit. Since that time, the MPFU has grown to 33 offices located throughout the United States, Germany and South Korea and currently has agents deployed to Afghanistan and Kuwait in support of contingency operations. The MPFU employs more than 100 civilian Special Agents and 30 staff and support personnel.
The MPFU is located in Quantico, Virginia. Today, the MPFU directs and conducts all major procurement fraud and contingency contracting investigations for the Army. In the past 10 years alone, the unit has returned more than $2.1 billion to the Treasury, with more than $400 million of those funds returned directly to the Army. The MPFU is a leader for fraud investigations in the Federal investigative community, and routinely spearheads task force operations comprised of multiple agencies. The MPFU works closely with the Department of Justice, local offices of United States Attorneys and investigative agencies, to include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
The U.S. Army Protective Services Battalion (CID) is headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The Battalion’s mission is to provide world-wide, executive-level protection to the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, the Chairman and Vice Chairman, Joint Staff, the Secretary of the Army, the Chief of Staff of the Army, the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, the Chief National Guard Bureau, and their foreign counterparts on official visits to the United States and other Department of Defense High Risk Personnel as directed. Further, the Battalion provides executive level protection for Senior U.S. Army Commanders during war-time and contingency operations as directed.
The organization’s mission began when the 1st MP Detachment (CID) was given the mission of protecting the nations’ highest Department of Defense civilian and military leaders in the late 1960s during heightened unrest caused by the Vietnam War. In 1971, subsequent to the establishment of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command as a major Army command, the Protective Services Activity (PSA), USACIDC, was established within HQ USACIDC to manage DoD protective missions. During the build up to the 1991 Gulf War, the PSA (CID) was reorganized as the Protective Services Unit (PSU) (CID), as the PSU was continually assigned more protected “principals” due to higher threat situations around the world. In October 2005, the unit was again reorganized as the Protective Services Battalion (CID), due to its ever increasing mission. In October 2007, the unit underwent its latest reorganization and became the U.S. Army Protective Services Battalion (CID).
Today, the Protective Services Battalion continues to send its CID Special Agents throughout the United States and around the world in furtherance of its continued mission in protecting our nation’s highest civilian and military DoD leaders. The Battalion continues to deploy Personal Security Officers with the mission of protecting Senior Army Commanders in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Africa, and Iraq.
The CCIU conducts investigations involving intrusions and related malicious activities involving U.S. Army computers, networks, data, and personnel. Intruders range from non-malicious hackers to those intent upon disrupting a network or website to foreign intelligence probes. CCIU investigations have led to arrests of Soldiers, civilians and foreign nationals throughout the world who were engaged in cybercrime directed at the U.S. Army.
Investigations – The CCIU’s primary mission is to conduct worldwide criminal investigations of intrusions, insider threats, and related malicious activities involving U.S. Army computers, networks, personnel, and data. Because investigations of this nature require an exceptional level of cyber expertise, CCIU personnel receive advanced training from the Defense Cyber Investigations Training Academy, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and other accredited training providers.
Technical Assistance – CCIU special agents, attorneys, forensic examiners, analysts, and cybersecurity technicians use their specialized knowledge of information technology to provide guidance to other CID field offices that conduct investigations involving computers.
Forensic Assistance – Certain CCIU special agents and technical staff receive advanced training in processing and analyzing digital evidence. On a case-by-case basis, these experts assist other CID elements, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, and partner law enforcement agencies.
Vulnerability Assessments – To assist the U.S. Army in maintaining the integrity and security of its networks, the CCIU has developed a Cybercrime Prevention Program. This program identifies network vulnerabilities considered to be crime-conducive conditions, and the cognizant Army commander must address the vulnerabilities identified by the program. By taking a proactive approach, the CCIU helps prevent future network intrusions and cybersecurity compromises.
Program Management – As CID’s Center of Excellence for computer crime investigations, the CCIU provides centralized program management services and oversees training, professional development, certifications, promulgation of best practices, and customer feedback processes across CID’s cyber workforce.
The CCIU was provisionally established as the Computer Crime Investigative Team (CCIT) in January 1998, in recognition of the expanding role of computers in criminal activities and investigations. The team was created within CID’s Field Investigative Unit (FIU) in Alexandria, Virginia, and was given primary responsibility for investigating intrusions into U.S. Army computer networks.
In September 1998, the CCIT became the Computer Crime Resident Agency (CCRA) and moved to Fort Belvoir, Virginia. In November 1999, the CCRA was re-designated as the Computer Crime Investigative Unit (CCIU) and separated from the FIU to become a subordinate element of the 701st Military Police Group (CID). In January 2000, CCIU was officially established as a separate criminal investigative organization within CID.
Since its creation, the CCIU has been a key element in the successful prosecution of numerous computer intrusion and insider threat matters, in addition to serving as an invaluable tool for protecting U.S. Army computer networks from intrusions and other malicious activities. The CCIU’s personnel have an international reputation as innovators in the areas of cyber crime investigations and digital forensics.
The Terrorism and Criminal Investigation Unit investigates offenses committed against U.S. Military and DOD civilian personnel; other U.S. nationals; or U.S. interests by terrorist organizations or individuals, as directed by the Secretary of the Army. It also provides dedicated investigative support to the Office of the Chief Prosecutor for Military Commissions. Conducts other criminal investigations as directed by the commander, 701st Military Police Group (CID).