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LTC Roderick G. Demps

Commanding Officer ~ 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th MP Brigade
June 2000 to June 2002

        In June 2000, LTC Demps received command of the Battalion from LTC David D. Phillips.

       During his command Battalion elements were deployed in Operation's Bright Star, Egypt and Ironclad, Guantanamo Bay Cuba.

        In June 2002 he passed command of the Battalion to LTC David J. Poirier.

Roderick G. Demps, a native of Melborne, Florida, entered the Army in 1982 after attending Tennessee Tech University, and built his career in the MP Corps.

        He had previous assignments in Egypt, South Korea, Fort Hood, Texas as 720th MP Battalion Commander, Operations Chief Office of the Provost Marshal General at the Pentagon, and on 10 May 2005 Commanding Officer MP Brigade-Hawaii (USAMPB-HI), 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks.

15 August 2005, Colonel Demps, age 45, was out for his morning run, at approximately 4:30 a.m. when he stopped to make sure everything was OK at the McComb Gate, Schofield Barracks. He collapsed and was pronounced dead a short time later at Wahiawa General Hospital.

Major General Benjamin R. Mixon, commander of the 25th Infantry Division (Light), said the Army had "lost a member of our family."

"Our deepest condolences go out to Rod's family at the untimely passing of a really great soldier. He made a valuable contribution to our country and our Army, and he has left an impact on us here, especially those members of the Military Police Brigade. He will be missed."

COL Demps is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Section 64, Site 4031.

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