On behalf of the Commandant of the United States Army Military Police School and Chief of the Military Police Corps Regiment, it is with great pride that the United States Army Military Police Corps Regiment announces the recipient of the 2019 Gold Marechaussee:
COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR (RETIRED) MARK L. FARLEY
CSM(R) Mark L. Farley’s illustrious career spans 32 years of active service to the Military Police Corps and 41 years of faithful service to the United States Army and the Nation. Born in Ft Thomas, Kentucky, he graduated Military Police One Station Unit Training at Fort McClellan, Alabama in Nov 1977. After completion of Basic and Military Police Advanced Individual Training, he along with his wife Kim, now married for 42 years, and their family, served in numerous positions both stateside and overseas. As a Military Police Soldier, he achieved many notable accomplishments to include earning the Ranger tab and Master Parachutist badge, leaving an indelible mark in the Airborne community. CSM(R) Farley’s honed leadership and desire for seeing to the needs of Soldiers and families, quickly set him apart as one of the MP Corps finest senior NCOs. He served as the Command Sergeant Major for the 504th MP Bn and subsequently Command Sergeant Major for the MP Bde in Hawaii. CSM Farley also participated in numerous deployments including Panama, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
CSM Farley was the first enlisted leader within the MP Corps to branch out and serve at the two, three, and four-star nominative levels of command. He served as the Command Sergeant Major for the Maneuver Support Center and Fort Leonard Wood and subsequently the Command Sergeant Major for U.S. Army Pacific Command from 2003 to 2006. CSM(R) Farley played a tremendous role in ensuring USARPAC units remained mission ready to support any contingency operation, with over 7,000 soldiers deploying in support of the Global War on Terror. He was most proud of the progress USARPAC made with the enlisted professional development of foreign armies from nations around the Pacific, including, Japan, Philippines, Taiwan, and Mongolia.
Following CSM Farley’s tenure as the Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army, Pacific, he became the sixth Senior Enlisted Advisor for U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany. In this capstone assignment, CSM Farley provided an enlisted perspective on strategic engagements and provided oversight for the morale, welfare, training, quality of life, and the good order and discipline of more than 200,000 US military personnel, and their families, serving in 92 countries within Europe, Africa, and Eurasia. In September 2009, alongside his family, friends, and colleagues, he retired at a ceremony in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, after 32 years of service.
In 2010, USARPAC honored CSM(R) Farley’s contributions to the Pacific Command by naming the award to annually recognize the “Best MP Company in USARPAC” as the “Award”. CSM Farley was inducted into the Military Police Hall of Fame in September 2013. In Mar 2015 the Secretary of Army appointed CSM (Ret) Farley to a four year term of service on the Remember and Explore and Honor Sub-Committees of the Advisory Committee on Arlington National Cemetery.
From 2012 to present day, CSM(R) Farley has served as the Civilian Deputy Commandant of the United State Army Military Police School, where he continues to impact the Soldiers, mission, and shape the future of the Regiment through his countless hours of developing models of Military Police force structure. Drawing from his vast experience and expertise, his tireless efforts and continued passion for the advancement of Military Police equities in supporting the Army, has kept the force relevant in current and future operations.
CSM(R) Farley’s lifetime of service and dedication to the Soldiers and family of the Military Police Corps are the hallmarks of what the Gold Marechaussee represents to this community. Join us in congratulating him and his family on this monumental achievement!