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National Police Week: Honoring Our Heroes

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Fort Eisenhower Directorate of Emergency Services Police Week

Media are invited to attend the Fort Eisenhower Directorate of Emergency Services Police Week opening ceremony on Monday, May 13 at 11:30 a.m. which will include a wreath laying and proclamation signing.


National Police Week honors members of law enforcement who put their lives on the line to keep communities safe. The weeklong recognition event coincides with National Peace Officers Memorial Day, May 15, which President John F. Kennedy signed into law in 1962. Each year during this week thousands of law enforcement officers travel to Washington, D.C. for a national event to honor those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.


The Fort Eisenhower Directorate of Emergency Services is hosting a week of local activities for all law enforcement members of the CSRA from May 13-17


The week will begin on Monday with the opening ceremony honoring two, Fort Eisenhower Military Policemen who lost their lives in the line of duty, PFC Patrick Brems while serving his nation in Vietnam and PFC Robert McKenna, who was killed while guarding the installation’s gate in 1966; Gate 1 was named McKenna Gate in his honor that same year.


The Honorable Brian K. Epps, Federal Magistrate Judge, Southern District of Georgia, will be the keynote speaker. MG Stanton, Commanding General, U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Eisenhower, COL Reginald Evans, Fort Eisenhower Garrison Commander and LTC Henry Cartagena, Fort Eisenhower Director of Emergency Services will also provide remarks. Community partners attending will include members of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the Grovetown Police Department, and Fort Eisenhower’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID).


Any media interested in attending the ceremony please RSVP to Anne Bowman, Fort Eisenhower Public Affairs:  by 2 p.m., Friday, May 10.


RSVPed media are asked to please meet at the Gate 6 visitor center parking lot on Monday, May 13 at 10:45 a.m. for escort to the Fort Eisenhower Law Enforcement Center for the ceremony.


National Police Week information can be found here:


In addition to the opening ceremony on Monday, May 13, there will be law enforcement esprit de corps events throughout the week to include:

Tuesday, May 14, beginning at 8 a.m., a multi-agency pistol tournament where law enforcement officers will use their service weapons and compete for marksmanship bragging rights.

Wednesday, May 15, a Police Week bowling tournament at 5 Star Lanes, from 4-7 p.m.

Thursday, May 16, from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. a fishing tournament at Fort Eisenhower’s Butler reservoir.

Friday, May 17, the 6th annual Police Week Golf Tournament at the Eisenhower Lakes Golf Course beginning at 8 a.m.


*Events are being conducted for local law enforcement and are not open to the public