Over six years of service in the Army Military Police Corps
On August 31, 2004 Private First Class Matt Radcliffe arrived at A Company, 787 Military Police Battalion at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for 20 week One Station Unit Training (OSUT), Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training rolled up together. He learned how to shoot, move, and communicate effectively as well as the five functions of the Military Police Corps.
Once he graduated OSUT he was sent to Fort Carson to join his first unit. On January 22, 2005 he was assigned to the Military Police Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division. Over the next four and one half years as a member of the 3/4 Military Police Platoon (Psychos), Matt:
- Served as Gunner, Driver, Team Leader, and Squad Leader.
- Deployed to Iraq twice, 27 months total (November 30, 2005 to November 9, 2006 & December 1, 2007 to February 11, 2009).
- Promoted to Specialist, Corporal, Sergeant, and Staff Sergeant
- Completed Warrior Leader Course (Leadership Award Recipient), HAZMAT training, Combat Lifesavers Course, and Combatives Level 1
On June 22, 2009, Matt was assigned as a Squad Leader to the 59th Military Police Company, 759th Military Police Battalion.
On July 27, 2010, Matt was assigned as a Squad Leader to the 110th Military Police Company, 759th Military Police Battalion.
- While serving in the 110th, Matt completed Advanced Leader Course (Distinguished Honor Graduate).
On January 4, 2011, Matt was assigned as a Platoon Sergeant to the 984th Military Police Company, 759th Military Police Battalion.
On November 20, 2011, Matt was medically discharged from the United States Army.
Awards and Decorations
Bronze Star Medal
Army Commendation Medal with Valor
Army Commendation Medal (3 Awards)
Army Achievement Medal (2 Awards)
Valorous Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Citation
Army Good Conduct Medal (2 Awards)
National Defense Service Medal
Iraqi Campaign Medal (4 Campaign Stars)
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (2 Awards)
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Ribbon (2 Awards)
Combat Action Badge
Military Qualification Badge, Expert (Pistol, Machine Gun, Carbine)
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