Oldest Military Police Veteran Gene Stephens is Our Honored Guest at St. Robert Holiday Inn Express
This week is Military Police Week at Fort Leonard Wood. This community event will mark the 71st Anniversary of the Military Police Corps Regiment. This year’s theme is “Balancing the Force for Decisive Action.”
The week kicks off with our Regimental Conference, bringing in a selected group of Military Police senior leaders to focus on the strategic way ahead for Regiment as we support the future Army of 2020. The Senior Leader Conference is by “invitation only,” to Active Duty/Reserve/National Guard Military Police Command, Military Police Brigade and CID Group Commanders/Command Sergeants Major and other select leaders in COCOM, MACOM, and Corps.
Also, during the week, we will have the opportunity to support the Soldiers competing in the Annual Military Police Warfighter competition representing units from around our Regiment as they are tested both physically and mentally throughout the competition.
In addition, to this week’s event, the oldest living Military Police Army veteran in the country, Gene Stephens has been invited to a National Gathering, where he will be the guest of honor.
Gene was drafted back in 1941, just as the Army started its MP program. During World War II, Gene served as an MP in England and North Africa, escorting the war’s biggest names – Generals, even Eisenhower.
During this week’s conference, Mr. Stephens will be honored along with other military police from around the country. We are especially excited here at Holiday Inn Express Suites to have Mr. Gene Stephens as our honored guest.
We at Holiday Inn Express had the distinct honor to provide accommodations for Mr. Gene Stephens, his wife and family, while he visited Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. Mr Stephens received 5 prestigious awards from the military at the Military Police Week at Fort Leonard Wood on Friday, September 23rd, 2012.
SGT Gene Stephens was awarded the Army Good Conduct Medal for his honorable service January 1941 – November 1945.
SGT Gene Stephens was awarded the American Defense Service Medal for service during World War II within the American theater of operations December 7 1941 – January 1942.
SGT Gene Stephens was awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal for service in Algeria and Italy.
SGT Stephens was awarded the World War II Victory Medal for his service December 7 1941 – October 1945
SGT Stephens was awarded the Army Occupation Medal for his service in formerly enemy held Italy May 9 1945 – Nov 1945.
Gene, who spends his summers in lakes country and winters in Vegas, the Texas born, business entrepreneur was happy to serve his country, and we were happy to have him as our honored guest.
” We were honored to accommodate Mr. & Mrs. Stephens and their family at our Holiday Inn Express, ” commented Bruce Farris- CEO of Farris Brothers Investments. ” Mr Stephens is a great servant to our military and we looked forward to celebrating his accomplishments and meeting his family,” continued Farris.
In a recent interview Gene Stephens was quoted saying, “And I would do it again. I threatened to re-up but everyone laughs at me.”
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