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Brigadier General Thomas F. Barr Award
File:Thomas F. Barr Award.png
2017 Brigadier General Thomas F. Barr Award trophy
Awarded by United States Army
Country United States
Type Unit trophy
Status Currently awarded
Description A bronze bald eagle, wings displayed, perched on the United States flag and set upon a black pedestal
First awarded 2009
Total awarded 10
Related Jeremiah P. Holland Award
David H. Stem Award
Eagle Award

The Brigadier General Thomas F. Barr Award is a unit trophy annually awarded by the United States Army to a military police unit working with the United States Army Corrections Command. It was first awarded in 2009.


Military Police officers and NCOs pose with the Barr Award in 2009

The Brigadier General Thomas F. Barr Award, first issued in 2009, is annually awarded to the all-around best Military Police unit of company-size or smaller "attached to, or supporting" the United States Army Corrections Command. According to the U.S. Army, the "award is intended to promote professionalism and esprit de corps by recognizing the unit that displays the most outstanding performance over a 12-month period".[1]

The award is considered a unit trophy as provided for in Army Regulation 600–8–22.[2][3] Units are scored against several specific criteria including the unit's Army Physical Fitness Test and weapons qualification averages, educational attainment levels of its personnel, community involvement, and unit and individual soldier accomplishments such as deployments and commendations. It is considered "very competitive".[4]


The Brigadier General Thomas F. Barr Award is named after Thomas Francis Barr (1837–1916) who served in the Judge Advocate General Corps from 1865 to 1901. Barr was, for 21 years, a commissioner of the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and was also the personal adviser to United States Secretary of War Robert Todd Lincoln. On May 21, 1901, Barr was promoted to brigadier general and named Judge Advocate General of the United States. He retired the following day.[5] Barr was the father-in-law of Colonel Francis Tompkins, the great-great-nephew of Vice President of the United States Daniel D. Tompkins.[2][5][6][7]


Year Unit Reference
2009 526th Military Police Company [2]
2010 Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 705th Military Police Battalion [2]
2011 256th Military Police Company [2]
2012 Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 40th Military Police Battalion [2]
2013 595th Military Police Company [2]
2014 291st Military Police Company [2]
2015 526th Military Police Company [2]
2016 U.S. Army Correctional Activity-Korea [8]
2017 256th Military Police Company [9]
2018 291st Military Police Company [10]

See also[]


  1. "ACC Command Team". The Vanguard. December 15, 2009. Retrieved November 22, 2018. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 "Brigadier General Thomas F. Barr Award". United States Army. Retrieved November 17, 2018. 
  3. Military Awards AR 600–8–22. Washington, D.C.: United States Army. 2015. p. 135. 
  4. Burnett, Christopher (January 26, 2017). "256th MP Company claims Barr Award". St John News. Retrieved November 22, 2018. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Borch, Fred (April 2010). "Lore of the Corps". The Army Lawyer. 
  6. Tidball, Eugene C. (2002). No Disgrace to My Country: The Life of John C. Tidball. Kent State University Press. p. 539. ISBN 0873387228. 
  7. Musgrove, Richard Watson (1904). History of the Town of Bristol. p. 94. 
  8. Armstrong, Michael. "Guardian Knights awarded 2016 BG Barr award". United States Army. Retrieved November 17, 2018. 
  9. Burnett, Christopher (January 1, 2017). "256th MP Company claims Barr Award". Ft Leavenworth Lamp. Retrieved November 17, 2018. 
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