Story by SSG Christopher Freude on 08/09/2018FORT MCCOY, Wis. Officer Dustin J. Dunse is more than just a police officer for the Fort McCoy Police Department; he is also a U.S. Army Reserve Soldier with the 102nd Military Police Company, 200th Military Police Command, out of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
Dunse, a Wisconsin native, knows that as a warrior-citizen he needs to be lethal, capable and combat-ready in case his unit mobilizes for deployment. Because he is a law enforcement officer in the Reserve as well as in his civilian job, it is easier for him to maintain that standard.
"Being a Reserve Soldier, we don't get that much time for training because it's just one weekend a month or two weeks out of the year and then you go back to your civilian job and for me it's the same thing," said Dunse.
During his civilian job, Dunse spends his days either patrolling around Fort McCoy or working at the post entry control point. He does this not only because it's his job, but also because he knows he is supporting the Soldiers visiting there by ensuring they are able to train in a safe environment.
"The main focus is to support the Soldiers," Dunse said regarding why he believes his job is important. "That's really our most impactful or most purposeful reason for (civilian employees) being here is to support them."
Dunse personally knows the value of Soldiers having a safe environment in which they can train. When it comes time for the 102nd MP Co. to have their monthly Battle Assembly, Officer Dunse becomes Spc. Dunse. He firmly believes that being a police officer at Fort McCoy benefits his career as an MP in the Reserve.
"Being an MP and police officer goes hand-in-hand," Dunse said. "It doesn't matter which job I'm at; it all kind of goes together."