Warrant Officers Gather on Anniversary

NGAUS Washington Report

(Aug. 20, 2013) Army National Guard command chief warrant officers representing each of the 54 states and territories gathered recently to discuss policies and regulations and to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the Army's warrant officer corps.

The gathering of the Warrant Officer Senior Advisory Council at Fort Lee, Va., enabled these technical experts to share information from each of their states with hopes to ultimately provide answers to questions the warrant officer program is facing.

"Our focus is on readiness," said Command Chief Warrant Officer 5 Thomas "Gary" Ensminger, the command chief warrant officer of the Army National Guard. "Everything we do is for the needs of the Army National Guard."

The council participants discussed numerous topics important to the future and readiness of the force including the promotion system, noncommissioned officer evaluation reports, mentoring and leadership.

"Our roles as warrant officers are expanding," Ensminger said. "As we are asked to take on duties outside of our traditional boundaries, we are also evaluating our military and civilian education to ensure we are prepared for whatever the Army National Guard requires of us."