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


court officer
new york state courts

I had the honor of working directly with Jeanne for several years. She set the example we should all strive for. Jeanne worked for me, but taught me something every day. She never left another soldier or citizen without, no matter the day or circumstances. Jeanne will be missed. There is no doubt she will make our next meeting memorable. Jeanne, walk softly but diligently, stand proud, for you did it all the right way.

You will be missed but not forgotten.

Mike, stand proud old friend, for Jeanne touched all of our lives. For that, this officer renders a salute to you, and your family.

Special Agent Robert C. FRICK




Though I never knew SFC Balcombe, I leave this reflection out of respect for the service she provided to her country. I served with the US Army Military Police for five (5) years before moving on into the civilian side of Law Enforcement. It was during the time in the Army that I constantly heard from "real" cops that MP's don't do "real" police work. Well, let me tell you one thing. It doesn't matter where you work, what oath you take, or who you swear to protect and serve. When you enter this career, you enter the largest brotherhood in our society. We all hurt when one of our own is hurt. We all cry when we lay one of our own to rest. And today, I cry for a fellow cop and fellow MP who shouldn't be on this Web Page.

May God look after your husband and two daughters. And most of all, may he have a special place for you in his heaven.

God Bless and Thank You for your Inspiration

"First they take an oath...

Now look at all they take.

They take it in stride when people call them pigs.

They take time to stop and talk to children.

They take your verbal abuse while giving you a ticket you really deserved.

They take on creeps you would be afraid to even look at.

They take time away from their families to keep you safe.

They take your injured child to the hospital.

They take the graveyard shift without complaint because its their turn.

They take their lives in their hands daily.

They take you home when your car breaks down.

They take time to explain why both your headlights have to work.

They take the job no one else wants, telling you a loved one has died.

They take criminals to jail.

They take in sights that would make you cry.

Sometimes, they cry too, but they take it anyway because someone has to.

If they are lucky....they take retirement.

They take memories to bed each night that you couldn't bear for even a day.

Sometimes, they take a bullet.

And yes, occasionally they may take a free cup of coffee.

Then one day they pay for all that they have taken.

God takes them. "

Author Unknown

Ofc. Jeff Wilken
Vancouver Police (Washington)

SFC Balcombe, you are an icon of an NCO. I have nothing but respect and admiration for you. I salute you. Your memory shall remain with me always. Till we meet again.

SGT (R) Scott Weinberger
66th Military Police Co.

Sweetheart, I love you with all my heart. Your selfless act of heroism has made me and our entire family the proudest people on this planet.
Although we miss you more than words can say, we know that the beat you are now walking will be a better one for us when it is our turn.

God will keep you safe and happy for the day that we can once again be together.

All my love...


SFC (R) Mike Balcombe
US Army Military Police Retired

SFC Balcombe, you were a great person and friend. I always envied the way you did your job and kept things in control. You will be missed but not forgotten. God Bless you and your family.

Tracy L. Prouty, DAC
1st Military Police BDE, FT Lewis

Our prayers go out to you and your family. We know all too well the pain you are going through. We will remember you in our prayers. John 14:27

Mother of fallen MP Brian T. Gleason 8/9/2000

Tammy Persin

We lost another MP soldier a month later in NC, killed on patrol by a traffic accident. I know how it hurts. We all share in the grief for our fallen sister.

It made me sick to read of her death. Being an MP is a dangerous job in peacetime or wartime.

What a tragic loss of such a fine young soldier, a mother, a wife and a colleague. She was a credit to the NCO Corps.

I am sorry I never knew SFC Balcombe, but she was a sister of the badge nonetheless. The MP Corps lost a fine member that day.

She now patrols the streets of Heaven with St. Michael. God Bless her family and fellow soldiers. Carry on soldier, you stand a new higher and permanent post with pride. God speed.

Of the troops and for the troops!

First Sergeant John A. Millan (civ cop)
HHC, 105th Military Police Co.
Asheville NC,
NC Army National Guard

1SG JA Millan
US Army Military Police, HHC-105MP Co, NCARNG

SPC Balcombe,

Even though I never really knew you . I feel like I know you . It is a shame how people do stupid stuff like this . I don't like when people go and kill people just because of their own actions. Now look what happened , Two little girls are missing their mother and a husband is missing his wife . It is a shame that your life had to be cut short . Your act of heroism makes me repect life a lot more . You are a true hero . Your husband and children are missing you but in there hearts you are right there every step . You are in a safer place now .

Rest in Peace !!!!!!!!

P.S I wish I knew you !

Sumitted by Elizabeth Glenn

Submitted by Elizabeth Glenn

Thank you for being a military police officer on this Veterans day Mary Cocke

Mary Cocke Civilian
United State Park Police

I consider myself lucky to have known you and your family. I will never forget the "hard charger" that you were. You were the epitome of the NCO Corps - an example that set a standard within our MP Regiment. Your thoughtful and dedicated "can do" attitude touched so many lives. You always gave it 110% no matter what the task. Your mentoring will still be felt for many years to come.
I miss our chats - our swapping of war stories whenever and wherever we would bump into one another.
Your tragic death was a result of your selfless service to your nation. You led the way and gave the ultimate sacrifice. You will never be forgotten.

MSG Carolyn V. Emery
HHC USARPAC, Fort Shafter, HI

I was fortunate to serve with SFC Balcombe in the 55th MP Company while she is the same rank I am now and I was a PFC. I won't forget how she was one tough woman and hell would freeze solid before she would let anything stop her or have someone do ANYTHNG that she herself wouldn't do. I remember her husband and the stories he had of his time while he was in and how there one daughter was the spitting image of SFC Balcombe.

I'm still in the same base that I met her in, just in a different company now. I was told by one of the other "homesteaders" of what had happened to her months after the fact. I was, and still am, pissed at that little coward who shot her. Since I met SFC Balcombe I've worked with plenty of other idiots that don't have as much claim to life that she did. She was, and in a way, still is a fine MP and I hope that when I'm called to serve in St. Michaels Battalion one day, she's my sponsor.

SGT Douglas J. Wietlisbach
279th BSB Military Police Station

In your life America had a double edged defender. One dedicated not only to the law but also to the land. In your death America lost the service of a hero. But not the memory of her. God Bless You SFC Balcombe.

Pvt / Volunteer Richard Butler
278th ACR, Chem Co. TNARNG / Knoxville, Police Department

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