Though Beth Bellerby began working with the MPRA team in April 2006, her entire life has been tied to the Military Police Regiment. Bellerby grew up the daughter of a CID warrant officer and she finds her work with the MPRA to be a great way to continue to honor the Regiment.
Bellerby has enjoyed working with Military Police Soldiers and families as part of the MPRA team and when asked about her favorite memories from the past 12 years, she is quick to respond with a story about presenting an Order of the Vivandieres award to Mrs. Delores De Rosa who is a founding member of the 793rdMP Battalion Association Reunion group.
In fact, many of Bellerby’s fondest memories come from her interactions with the MP reunion groups that frequently visit Fort Leonard Wood. She always makes time for them as they tour the museum and stop by Memorial Grove. Watching the Regiment’s newest Soldiers reunite with family after 19 weeks of OSUT is also one of her favorite experiences as part of the MPRA team.
“I always enjoyed working with volunteers and other MPRA team members at MP OSUT graduations. We had fun and entertained ourselves as we prepared to watch MP families reunite after being apart for weeks,” said Bellerby.
One of Bellerby’s most favorite projects as an MPRA team member is working on the quarterly Dragoon magazine. She’s always looking for great stories to share and for ways to improve the publication for MPRA members.
Bellerby also enjoys attending the Military Police Regimental Ball at Fort Leonard Wood each year with the rest of the MPRA team who, for many years, were easily spotted due to the Converse “Chuck Taylors” they all wore with their formal attire.
Though there’s a lot of fun to be had as part of the MPRA team, Bellerby reiterates that the organization is serious about taking care of MPs and their families through the MPRA Legacy Programs, including the Scholarship and Benevolent Funds.
“We are the only professional organization that provides support and services directly to MP Soldiers and their families. Our Board of Directors and our team work diligently to ensure we always remember why the MPRA was founded,” said Bellerby.
One of Bellerby’s biggest jobs is to assist with MPRA membership. She encourages all MPs – active, guard, reserve, retired, and Veterans to become members of their professional organization and for those who were not MPs or do not have a law enforcement background, she reminds everyone that the MPRA also has an associate membership option. Associate membership is a great way for others to show their support for the MP Regiment.
“I would like to thank our members for their continued support and assistance in supporting the MPRA Legacy. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without your continued support,” said Bellerby.