News: 525th offers farewells and welcomes
Story by Sgt. Christopher Vann
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Standing tall with the knowledge of a job well done, Army Lt. Col. Darcy Overbey, outgoing commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo’s 525th Military Police Battalion, received the Meritorious Service Medal during the 525th change of command ceremony held at Bulkeley Field July 9.
“This award represents everything you have done,” Overbey said while addressing the battalion. “I have merely sat back and watched and helped push you in the right directions. I want to tell you from the bottom of my heart, thank you for everything you do, every single day.”
Army Col. David Heath, Joint Detention Group commander, who talked of her accomplishments said, “During my short time here at GTMO, I see you have not lost that spirit of dedication, focus and cooperation,” said Heath. “I see your leadership everyday when I talk to your Soldiers at the Kittery Café, when I interact with them in the camps and the way you and your husband have benefited the GTMO community.”
Before coming here, Heath said he researched the work that the 525th has done during Overbey’s tenure, and one of his main sources of information was the JTF news magazine “The Wire.” In it he found examples of leadership and the positive impact the 525th has made on this community including events like the Pig Bowl, Truck or Treat and their contributions to the Army Ball.
Overbey spoke of her tenure at GTMO with much joy and delight as well as her heartfelt appreciation towards the battalion and their achievements. “Over the past two years I have served alongside you, I have been a witness as you have accomplished historic feats,” said Overbey.
Aside from the historic win at the 2012 War Fighter competition for having the best MP team in the Army, the Bataan Memorial Death March teams who placed in the top three for two consecutive years and earning the title of Best Warrior at multiple levels: battalion, JTF and Army South, Overbey was more proud of the character of the Soldiers.