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CW5 WelchChief Warrant Officer Five John E. Welch

Chief Warrant Officer Five John E. Welch is a native of Mississippi. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1984 as a Military Policeman and upon completion of the Military Police One Station Unit Training at Fort McClellan, AL CW5 Welch was assigned to the 82nd Military Police Company, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC.

In May 1987, CW5 Welch completed the Corrections Non-Commissioned Officer Course, Fort McClellan, AL, and was assigned to the United States Disciplinary Barracks (USDB), Fort Leavenworth, KS, as a Correction NCO. In 1990, CW5 Welch applied for and was accepted as a CID Apprentice Special Agent. He subsequently attended the CID Special Agent Basic Course at Fort McClellan, AL and after graduating, CW5 Welch was assigned as a CID Special Agent to the Camp Red Cloud Branch Office, Camp Red Cloud, Korea. After his assignment to Korea, CW5 Welch was assigned to the 87th MP Detachment (CID), Fort Bragg, NC. In May 1993, CW5 Welch applied for and was accepted to attend the Warrant Officer Candidate School, Fort Rucker, AL. CW5 Welch’s initial assignment as a Warrant Officer was as the Special Agent-in-Charge of the Detroit Branch Office, Selfridge ANGB, MI. In October 1995, he was assigned to the 31st MP Detachment (CID), Fort Campbell, KY, where he served in various leadership positions, which included the Economic Crime Team Chief, General Crime Team Chief and Drug Suppression Team Chief. In October 1997, he was selected for and assigned as the Special Agent-In-Charge, Hanau Resident Agency, Hanau, Germany. In June 1999, he deployed with the 515th MP Detachment (CID), to Kosovo where he served as the Special Agent-In-Charge, in support of Operation Joint Guardian. Upon redeploying, CW5 Welch was selected and assumed command of the 86th MP Detachment (CID), Fort Benning, GA in October 2000. In November 2001, he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to Southwest Asia, as the Special Agent-In-Charge, where he was responsible for establishing CID operations in theater. In December 2001, CW5 Welch deployed to the Tora Bora mountain region of Afghanistan with the Special Operations Command where he served as a subject matter expert for evidence collection and scene processing for initial sensitive site exploitations in the region. In March 2002, he deployed to Kuwait, where he served as the 3rd MP Group (CID) Operations Officer Forward and the Personal Security Officer to the Commanding General, Coalition Forces Land Component Command. In January 2003, CW5 Welch was assigned to the Bavaria CID Battalion where he initially served as the Assistant Battalion Operations Officer and later assumed the position as the Battalion Operations Officer. He was subsequently selected and assigned to HQ, USACIDC in February 2005, where he served as the Senior Military Internal Affairs Investigator for the newly formed Standards of Conduct Office. From December 2005 to May 2008, CW5 Welch served as the Chief, Protective Services Division for the Commanding General, United States Army Europe. From June 2008 to June 2009, he deployed to Afghanistan where he served as the Personal Security Officer to the Commanding General, US Forces-Afghanistan and International Security Assistance Forces.  CW5 Welch served as the Chief, Investigative Operations, 202nd MP Group (CID), Kaiserslautern, Germany from October 2009 to June 2013, at which time the 202nd MP Group (CID) was deactivated.  

CW5 Welch holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and has attended numerous civilian and military law enforcement educational courses. His military education and training includes the Military Police Basic Training, Corrections NCO Course, Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course, Warrant Officer Candidate School, Warrant Officer Basic, Advanced, Staff and Senior Staff Courses, Airborne and Air Assault Schools, Jungle Warfare Course, Advanced Fraud Investigation, Hostage Negotiation, Child Abuse Prevention & Investigative Techniques, Protective Services Course, Combating Terrorism Course and Fire Arson Investigation Course. In addition, CW5 Welch is also a 2003 graduate of the prestigious Canadian Police College.

His awards include the Bronze Star (2 awards), Meritorious Service (6 awards), Army Commendation (7 awards), Army Achievement (10 awards), Army Good Conduct (2 awards), Armed Forces Expeditionary, Kosovo Campaign w/bronze star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary, Global War on Terrorism Service, Humanitarian Service and NATO (2 awards) medals and the National Defense Service Ribbon.

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