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    Military Police Graduate From Ranger School

    Military Police Graduate From Ranger School

    Courtesy Photo | Sgt. 1st Class Ricky Royals, left, Sgt. Marcus Emelio, center, and Sgt. Christopher...... read more read more



    Story by Spc. Garett Hernandez 

    16th Military Police Brigade

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Three Military Policemen stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., have graduated from one of the Army’s most mentally and physically challenging experiences offered to soldiers.

    Sgt. 1st Class Ricky Royals, Sgt. Marcus Emelio and Sgt. Christopher McMurdy, all serving with the 21st Military Police Company, 503rd Military Police Battalion (Airborne), 16th Military Police Brigade, recently graduated from the United States Army’s Ranger School.

    “The hardest part was the sleep and food depravation,” said Royals, a native of Myrtle Beach, S.C. Royals works as an operations sergeant, coordinating training and allocating resources so soldiers in his unit can train and prepare for deployments.

    Ranger school is a demanding combat leadership course open to any career field in the Army. The course is 61 days long and is made of up three phases which tests a student’s physical, mental and tactical aptitude.

    “You have to develop yourself as a new leader,” says McMurdy, a native of Beaver Falls, Pa., commenting on how the course develops a student.

    In Ranger school, you develop the confidence and leadership style to lead others through chaotic and dangerous situations McMurdy continued.

    All three Military Policemen were required to attend a pre-ranger course conducted at Fort Bragg. After the pre-course, all soldiers who passed have about a week before the start of Ranger school, Royals explained.

    “I think it was harder than Ranger school,” said Emelio, a native of Pueblo, Company, recalling the challenges he and his fellows faced during their preparation.

    “It’s an excellent leadership course,” the Emelio went on to say regarding Ranger school. Emelio works alongside Royals as an operations sergeant.

    Now that they have graduated, these Military Policemen of the 16th Military Police Brigade are authorized to wear the Ranger tab on their uniform, a testament to everyone that they are prepared to meet any challenge in their military career.

    Royals, Emelio and McMurdy have each pledged to help mentor soldiers who want to be successful at Ranger school. Their hope is to increase the number of Military Policemen who volunteer for and graduate from the school.



    Date Taken: 01.19.2011
    Date Posted: 02.01.2011 16:58
    Story ID: 64619
    Location: FORT BRAGG, NC, US 

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