Governor proclaims July Month of the Army Warrant Officer
Jul 9, 2018
Governor Matt Mead named July 2018 “The Month of the Army Warrant Officer in Wyoming,” to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Corps.
In attendance, at Mead’s office in Cheyenne, June 28 for the proclamation signing, were Wyoming Army National Guard’s Command Chief Warrant Officer Richard Burger, the Army Guard’s first CCW, Bob Holmes, a couple of warrant officer candidates, among others.
Mead asked Brig. Gen. Greg Porter, Wyoming National Guard director of joint staff, to share some history of the distinguished rank of technical experts that bridge Army ranks between commissioned officers and the enlisted noncommissioned officer corps.
Porter said warrants got their start in the 1700s in the Royal Navy. “They had the nobles try and sail these ships, and they didn’t know what they were doing; so what they figured out was they needed some smart people to guide these young men to make sure they didn’t sink these things,” Porter explained. “In the Army we have gotten very technical, and warrants bring a level of expertise, and keep us commissioned officers out of trouble.”
Mead said he did some research in anticipation of the event and found a video by a Pennsylvania National Guard warrant officer.
“She says, like you did, in a most respectful way, that you’ve got these people at the top, but someone’s got to tell them what actually happens,” Mead said. “I tried to make a connection in my life and when I first became governor and the experts on my transition team said, ‘yeah, you’re governor now and now we need to tell you what to do about it.'”
Holmes said he was working at the national level around 1987 and noted there was not a command warrant slot in the National Guard. He became not only Wyoming’s first command chief warrant officer, but the first in the nation.
Burger, Wyoming’s current top warrant officer, said after the ceremony, “This is kind of a bookmark or milestone. We have Mr. Holmes here as our foundation and Warrant Officer Candidates (Matthew) Schafer and (Brady) Sheridan representing our future.”