Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant First Class Jeanne M. Balcombe

United States Army Military Police Corps, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, August 21, 1999

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Reflections for Sergeant First Class Jeanne M. Balcombe

I thank Sergeant Jeanne M. Balcombe for her true devotion to duty, and to her service to our great nation. May her soul forever rest in peace in Heaven. Sergeant Jeanne M. Balcombe will never ever be forgotten as she was the true definition of a professional law enforcement supervisor. May God bless her family, especially her two daughters.

First Sergeant Thomas M. Webb, Retired.
New York State Police - Troop D

December 14, 2018

Lest We Forget!

Ptl. Bryan Waltz (Ret)
Avon Lake OH PD

August 21, 2018

Rest In Peace Sister LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service to this country.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

August 21, 2018

Dear Balcombe Family and Friends,

There was a kid from my high school that graduated the year before me. He had joined the Army, and went to South Korea for his first duty station. He had grown up like other kids in the Hillsboro region, nothing spectacular. While not really friends, we lived in a small community where most folks got along, and he picked me up one afternoon to memorize lines for our upcoming “Oedipus Rex” reading in our theater class. We went over to Christy’s house, because she was reading as Antigone. Both of them were seniors, and even though I liked Christy more than a little, it seemed the two had more in common, and I think that there may have been secret intensions for the meeting in the first place. That is probably why, after the reading, I sat alone on the living room couch for a while.

I learned of Jeanne’s death in basic training. Yet, I had never met her before. I had learned of her death from a letter from my family. They, too, had never known her. Jacob Bowley, the kid in my theater class with Christy, had been the cause of Jeanne’s death.

Strangely, after a few years in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), I went to Korea, living at Camp Sears in the Uijeongbu enclave. This was not strange for a Soldier because many tend to PCS to Korea after Campbell, but it was strange that, knowing what I learned from that family letter and subsequent news reports about the incident, that I would be so close to the place a person I knew committed an atrocity.

The moment I saw the monument outside of the CRC TMC, my heart sank. While I reiterate that I never knew Jeanne and barely knew Jacob, just visiting the scene nearly three years after the incident did something to me. I ETS’d from Korea and became an MP in the guard. I had Jeanne’s dogtag made for me, and I’ve kept it on me since.

The fight is always going on, and at times you have to accept that you have to trust yourself more than you can others. You have to remember where you come from, where you’ve been, and you have to use these lessons where you are going. The right people at the right time leave us when we least expect it, and they rip our hearts out when they’re gone. But they also leave their essences behind as they go, and, if you are also a right person, that essence ignites something within. And it stays with you.

I am writing about Jeanne as a personal, virtual influence in an upcoming book, and if you have additional memories you’d like to share, I would love to hear about them. I think eventually a biography about Jeanne is something that should be written as well. Please let me know what you think.

Anthony Wynands (former warrant officer)

November 16, 2017

Jeanne, I never processed what happened that night, but I've grieved for you... for Harvey... for your daughters... for almost 20 years now-- I just couldn't do it in public. So many faces, so many places, flash before me as I remember the many Soldiers I've lost. As a leader, I was often reminded that there are two Rules of War: Rule #1 is in war, young men and women die; and Rule #2 is that even the best leader can't change Rule #1. But we were in peace... you weren't supposed to die in peacetime, certainly not at the hands of Jacob Bowley. I miss you... and 20 years has done nothing to change that...

Chad Beasinger, LTC (Ret)

August 7, 2017

Sergeant Balcombe, I was never one of your soldiers but I remember having several conversations with you at the chow hall on Camp Red Cloud. One of your soldiers was a good friend of mine. I remember you being held in high regard by everyone who knew you and by every soldier who worked for you.

You see, I was with him the night before this tragedy. We were only acquainted however we shared a mutual friend. We played pool and talked about the stuff young soldiers talk about.

When I had heard what happened, I was shocked. I learned of your husband and your daughters. I've always wondered if there was anything that I or anyone could have done to prevent this. Did we miss the warning signs and "red flags". I guess we'll never know. I've wondered this for the last 18 years.

Officer S. Thomas
Maine Correctional Center

August 1, 2017

I, along with my squad, responded to CP Red Cloud that day and aided in the search for the suspect. I was shocked to see that it was SFC Balcombe that had been murdered, even more shocked to learn that it was by one of her own. I was told that she stood between him and another soldier, who was the intended victim. I was honored to stand watch over her before Graves Registration took possession.

SFC (RET) Joseph Allgood
Formerly: 4th PLT, 2D Military Police Company

March 27, 2016

I, along with members of my squad, responded to CP Red Cloud from CP Stanley and aided in the search for the suspect. Not a day goes by that I don't think about that day. It was an honor to stand watch over her. RIP.

Lieutenant Joseph Allgood
US Department of Veterans Affairs Police

March 27, 2016

Then-SGT/SSG Balcombe was my squad leader in the 170th MP Company from 1995-1996. She was a very professional and hard charging NCO and leader. She was senselessly taken from us far too early. I have thought of Jeanne (I'll knock out 20 for using her first name) often in the years since. Today is a somber anniversary, so I wanted to say Godspeed to Mike, her daughters, and the rest of her family. SFC Balcombe, you may be gone, but you are not forgotten.

Steve Malbasa
Former SSG, Military Police, Cleveland OH

August 21, 2015

Rest in Peace brave soldier.

Bob Mochinski
Former MP in Frankfurt FRG

April 24, 2015

In later 1998, I had the opportunity to transfer to the 66th MP from 571st, to go to Panama. Then a SSG, Jeanne was my platoon sergeant. I have a memory of Jeannes little girls running to hug her while she was still in formation. She lead by example and though I knew her for a short time left a lasting impression. I had great respect for her. She left Panama early to get ready to go to Korea. She believed in all of us that served under her. She is in my memory as one of the leaders I deeply respected in my short tour as an MP.

PFC Jared Brandon
Former MP

October 5, 2014

Aunt Jeanne,

I never had the privilege of meeting you, but I wish I would have been able to. I love you and the service you dedicated yourself to.. Thank you for your service. I want to let you know that I am nominating you for a memorial in Northern Colorado for all veterans. I was 20 when you left this world. I have a 15yr son that wants to serve in the military and be like his GREAT Aunt Jeanne.. I talk about you all the time in our house. Even though we have not met in this world, I know that we will meet when it is time.. I LOVE YOU and will never forget you..

Carri Hamilton Globensky
Neice

May 24, 2014

I met SSG Balcombe while stationed in Germany with the 630th MP Company. We shared a common bond as I was from Oregon. Even though I didn't work with her as I was sent to an outlying Platoon she always remembered me when I saw her. I was greatly saddened by her sudden death.

Sgt Kirk Cromwell/former MP
Medford Police Department

July 31, 2013

SSG Balcome was my squad leader in the 170th at Ft. Lewis when we deployed to Panama. I was her team leader and we had a tight nit group of great soldiers. I was sadden to here of the tragic incident. Sometimes it's hard to put into words of the great loss Mr. Balcome and his daughter endured. God bless you and your girls. It was great to know and serve with a true hero.

Sgt Tomas Romero / former MP
Douglas Police Dept

February 28, 2013

Sgt Balcombe was an outstanding NCO and Leader. Our prayers are with Mike and Family. Forever be remembered

MSG (R) Richard Perdue
Fellow NCO at Ft McCellan, Al.

December 26, 2012

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

December 15, 2012

May you Rest in Peace Sgt. Balcombe. I certainly miss you! You were such a genuine person and great NCO! I enjoyed working for you!

Officer W. M. Neff
Mission Police Department, Mission, KS

December 8, 2012

Gone, but not forgotten. I just popped in and wanted to tell Mike and the rest of the family that I still think about her. She was a great NCO, and I still miss her.

Doug Wietlisbach
former MP

May 24, 2012

I was on state active duty as a NC Guard MP on storm detail when this tragedy occurred. In mysubsequent active tour at Bragg, I worked with fellow MPs who serrved with you. You were, are now and will always be revered as a poster MP Soldier and NCO. RIP Sarge, we still miss you. My condolences to the family, friends and colleagues.

Master SGT John Millan (RET)
US Army Millitary Police

February 18, 2012

Thank you for your service. You were a good soldier, a great MP and a really great NCO. You took the motto:
"Of the troops and for the troops" to heart. God bless you for your sacrifice and courage. May you rest in peace.

Military Policeman
US Army

November 28, 2010

Unbelievable courage! SFC Balcombe is a fine, very fine, example to every U.S. service member. She stood between the attacker and her fellow soldiers and assumed her responsibilities as a leader.

I am so sorry for her husband and family.

Best regards and sympathy,

Lamar Miller

Lamar Miller
MSgt, USAF, Ret '88, VN Vet (AP, SP)

March 23, 2010

Been several years since I have been here. Life goes on, but memories live forever. 10 plus years since my mife and hero was taken. I have read may reflections from people that did not know her, and I am overwhelmed. God bless you and all of us.
And Jeanne, as I know you see, our daughter Kris is on her 2d combat tour. She is a proud soldier as you and I are! Your legacy lives on daily in todays Army thru her.
I miss you so much...

SFC Mike Balcombe
US Army (Ret)

February 3, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 10th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace.

I hope to one day meet some of your family at a COPS function. Until then, I hold them in my heart's embrace and ask God to watch over them and grant them solace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

Anonymous

August 21, 2009

I knew Jeanne and Mike for quite sometime when they were stationed in Bamberg Germany. In fact we bowled on the same league for several years together. I often think of Jeanne and Mike. The last time I saw Mike he, and my son all went to a Foreigner and Doobie Brothers concert. I wish Mike and his kids the very best and do miss Jeanne.

Steve

Steve Audritsh
Friend of the family

July 8, 2009

I was one of sergeant Balcombe’s last soldiers. I was KATUSA (Korean Augmentation to the United States Army) served in the Army from 1999 to 2001. Right after army camp, I was sent to 1/55 MP Co. She was my first platoon sergeant and mother for our entire platoon.
I cannot forget the Sad Saturday morning. After she was taken from us, we planted Evergreen tree in front of the hospital. It becomes almost 10 years I first met her.

Yosung Chang
One of her Soldiers (1/55th MP Co.)

May 6, 2009

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