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 Kirt Boston was born at Dewitt Army Hospital, Fort Belvoir, Virginia in 1973 to a second generation Army Family. His military career began as an ROTC Cadet at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he was commissioned in 1995 as a Second Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps.
Colonel Boston’s military education includes the Combined Arms Services and Staff School, Naval War College Command and Staff School, Army War College, Joint Forces Staff College JPME II, Air Assault School, Special Reaction Team Training, Hostage Negotiations Course, and the FBI National Academy. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from American Military University, a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the Army War College.
Colonel Boston’s previous assignments include Platoon Leader, 554th MP Company, Stuttgart, Germany; Company Commander, 35th MP DET, Fort Gordon, Georgia; G-3 Force Manager U.S. Army Europe, Heidelberg, Germany; Assistant XO to the U.S. Army Europe G-3, Heidelberg, Germany; Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, USACIDC, Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Assistant J-3 Operations, Criminal Investigation Task Force, Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Deputy Division Provost Marshal, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York; Battalion S-3, 91st MP BN, Fort Drum, New York; Battalion XO, 91st MP BN, Fort Drum, New York; Chief of Operations European Command J-3 Antiterrorism Division, Stuttgart, Germany; Commander, 793rd MP BN, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; Commander, 532nd Engineer Battalion, Joint Base-Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; Chief of Plans and Policy, Office of the Provost Marshal General, Pentagon, Washington D.C.; Deputy Chief of Staff, USACIDC, Quantico, Virginia; and CJ36 Director of Security and Protection Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. His operational deployments include Bosnia-Herzegovina ISO Operation Joint Forge/Guard, two to Iraq ISO Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Kuwait ISO Operation Inherent Resolve.
Colonel Boston’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (1SOLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal (1OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal (1OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1OLC), Iraqi Campaign Medal (2nd Campaign Service Star), Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 6), NATO Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award (1OLC), Air Assault Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, and the Leistunsabzeichen German Armed Forces Efficiency Badge (Gold).
Command Sergeant Major Jason R. Copeland was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and enlisted in the United States Army in November 1996 where he completed One Station Unit Training at Fort McClellan, Alabama as a Military Policeman.
Command Sergeant Major Copeland has served in a variety of positions including Gunner, Driver, Team Leader, Squad Leader, Drill Sergeant, Drill Sergeant Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Assistant Inspector General, Operations NCO, First Sergeant, Battalion Operations Sergeant Major, Provost Sergeant Major and Command Sergeant Major.
Command Sergeant Major Copeland’s assignments include tours with 4th MP Company, Fort Hood, Texas, 615th MP Company, Vilseck Germany, 978th MP Company, Fort Bliss, Texas, Alpha Company 795th MP Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, Drill Sergeant School, Fort Leonardwood, Missouri, 142nd MP Company, Yongsan, Korea, USFK/EUSA Inspector General Office, Yongsan, Korea, 401st MP Company, Fort Hood, Texas, 411th MP Company, Fort Hood, Texas, 720th Military Police Battalion, Fort Hood Texas, Directorate of Emergency Services, Fort Benning, Georgia, and United States Army Garrison Casey, Camp Casey, Korea. He has deployed to Albania, Kosovo, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan.
Command Sergeant Major Copeland’s military education includes Basic Leadership Course, Advance Leadership Courses, Senior Leadership Course, Sergeants Major Academy (Class 64), Total Army Instructor Training Course, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Special Reaction Team Training, Drill Sergeant School, Modern Army Combatives Levels 1-3, Anti-Terrorism Officers Course (Basic), Critical Incident Peer Support Course, Inspector General Course, First Sergeant Course, Battle Staff NCO Course, the Master Resiliency Course, Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education, and Continuing Education for Senior Leaders. He has a Bachelor of Arts Criminal Justice Administration, Masters of Arts Organizational Leadership, and currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Public Policy with a concentration in Global Leadership.
Command Sergeant Major Copeland’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal (1 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (7 AWD), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 5, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (5 OLC), NATO Medal. He has also been awarded the Order of the Marechaussee in Bronze.
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, Virginia; 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, Colorado; 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, Virginia; 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 is a specialized unit that provides a full range of criminal investigative services and support within the Army, to include investigations of senior Army leaders, cases with national attention and other designated sensitive situations as directed by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. The FIU also conducts investigations in the areas of contract and acquisition fraud within research and development, and testing and evaluations programs funded by the Army.
Through five subordinate field offices and 28 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 $4.6 billion returned to the U.S. government and more than $712 million returned to the Department of the Army.
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 28 offices located throughout the United States, Germany and South Korea and currently has agents deployed to Kuwait in support of contingency operations. The MPFU employs more than 150 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. The unit has returned more than $4.3 billion to the Treasury, with more than $690 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.
To report allegations of contract fraud including false claims, bribery, corruption, kickbacks, and false statements, contact the nearest Major Procurement Fraud Unit. In Southwest Asia you can call CID toll free at 877-363-3348 or via DSN 664-1151.
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 MCU 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. MCU 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 MCU’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, MCU personnel receive advanced training from the Defense Cyber Investigations Training Academy, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and other accredited training providers.
Technical Assistance – MCU 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 MCU 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 MCU 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 MCU helps prevent future network intrusions and cybersecurity compromises.
Program Management – As CID’s Center of Excellence for computer crime investigations, the MCU 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 MCU 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 CCIU was officially renamed the Major Cybercrime Unit (MCU) in June 2019.
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).