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Regimental chief warrant officer.

Greetings Dragon Soldiers!

It is an honor and a privilege to serve as your Regimental Chief Warrant Officer. When I say "your" Regimental Chief Warrant Officer, I mean that with all sincerity. You are my sole purpose for serving in this position. I look forward to serving you and your Families with great humility and enthusiasm. Secondly, I would like to thank Chief Warrant Officer Two Matthew D. Chrisman for blazing the trail for the chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) warrant officer cohort. His leadership was instrumental in laying the foundation for CBRN warrant officer accessions, professional military education, and future growth of the CBRN Warrant Officer Program.

Throughout history, Dragon Soldiers have been described as diverse, adaptive, and agile enablers. The complexity of the future operational environment calls for CBRN Soldiers to sharpen these attributes now more than ever. The CBRN Warrant Officer Program is approaching its 6th year of existence, and it is steadily evolving. As the CBRN Warrant Officer Program matures, so does the Chemical Corps, into a more robust technical and tactical force. The Army Warrant Officer 2025 Strategy in Support of Force 2025 and Beyond defines warrant officers as the Army's premier land force technical expert and system integrator. (1) Along with serving as expert technicians and systems integrators, CBRN warrant officers must be beacons of ingenuity, possess the ability to network with outside agencies and organizations, and have an in-depth understanding of the contemporary and future operational environments. These attributes will assist CBRN warrant officers when enabling their commanders to support the warfighter, increase the readiness of their units, and build capability and capacity.

My mission is to ensure that--

* The best-qualified warrant officer applicants are selected.

* Warrant officer professional military education prepares warrant officers to enable their commanders.

* Warrant officers are placed in the right positions to foster career progression.

My mission is nested with The Army Warrant Officer 2025 Strategy in Support of Force 2025 and Beyond Line of Effort (LOE) 1, Accessions; LOE 2, Development; LOE 3, Talent Management; and LOE 4, Army Profession and the Commandant's Chemical Corps Regimental Strategy 2025. (2) I will explain my initiatives through the lens of Chemical Corps Regimental Strategy LOEs and doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel, and facilities (DOTMLPF):

* (LOE 4, Doctrine) An update to Department of the Army (DA) Pamphlet (Pam) 600- 3, Commissioned Officer Professional Development and Career Management, will be published to clearly define roles and responsibilities of CBRN warrant officers serving within company to corps level positions. (3)

* (LOE 1, LOE 2, Leadership/Education) On 12 September 2016, the USCBRNS completed its second iteration of the CBRN Warrant Officer Basic Course (WOBC). The CBRN WOBC is on a glide path to prepare warrant officers to enable commanders through in-depth technical and tactical knowledge. The goal of future iterations of CBRN WOBC is to increase the technical rigor, including teaching WOBC students the science behind sensor technology and emerging CBRN technology. In addition, the U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School (USACBRNS) is working to establish a technical phase for Warrant Officer Intermediate Level Education in line with The Army Warrant Officer 2025 Strategy in Support of Force 2025 and Beyond LOE 2. (4) The purpose of the technical phase of Warrant Officer Intermediate Level Education will be to ensure that intermediate- and senior- level warrant officers receive the latest technical and functional updates within their career field. The Nuclear Weapons Orientation Course (NWOC) and the Theater Nuclear Operations Course (TNOC) are now open to CBRN warrant officers. The completion of NWOC and TNOC grants the 5H skill identifier. Corps CBRN warrant officer positions will be coded 5H. Lastly, the USACBRNS has partnered with the American Counsel of Education to review CBRN warrant officer professional military education to determine college credit recommendations for associate's and bachelor's degrees for WOBC and Warrant Officer Advanced Course graduates. The results are posted on the Joint Services Transcript Web site. (5)

* (LOE 3, Personnel) The first chief warrant officer three promotion board for CBRN warrant officers will be held in 2d quarter 2017. As CBRN warrant officers are promoted to chief warrant officers three, CBRN warrant officer positions at the corps level will transition to chief warrant officer four positions. Division CBRN warrant officer positions will remain at the level of chief warrant officer three. The USACBRNS will submit a military occupational classification and structure proposal to solidify chief warrant officer four positions. This proposal will provide occupational classification and structural guidance to standardize the classification of chief warrant officer four positions for CBRN warrant officers.

* (LOE 2, Personnel) USACBRNS is broadening assignment opportunities (with the Joint Program Executive Office, the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, and the Oakridge Laboratory) for chief warrant officer three ranks. Training With Industry selectees will serve 1 year of training with industry and 2 years as material developers on the Requirements Determination Division staff. This effort is in line with Warrant Officer Strategy 2025 LOE 2. (6)

I recommend the following as suggested reading for warrant officers:

* Dean C. Ludwig and Clinton O. Longenecker, "The Bathsheba Syndrome: The Ethical Failure of Successful Leaders," Journal of Business Ethics, 1993.

* Molly Young, Center for Army Lessons Learned, "J36 Force Protection: CBRNE Assessment," News From the Front, February 2016, <http://usacac.army.mil/sites/default/files/publications/CBRNE- Augmentation.pdf>, accessed on 18 October 2016.

* The Army Warrant Officer 2025 Strategy in Support of Force 2025 and Beyond, 2016, <http://www.tradoc.army.mil/tpubs /misc/WO2025_Strategy_20160329.pdf>, accessed on 18 October 2016.

* Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, TalentSmart, California, 2009.

In closing, I vow to always support the Commandant, Regimental Command Sergeant Major, and all Dragon Soldiers of our great Regiment. I look forward to visiting your installations and sharing fellowship with you in the near future.

Endnotes:

(1) The Army Warrant Officer 2025 Strategy in Support of Force 2025 and Beyond, 2016, <http://www.tradoc.army.mil/tpubs/misc /WO2025_Strategy_20160329.pdf>, accessed on 18 October 2016.

(2) Ibid.

(3) DA Pam 600-3, Commissioned Officer Professional Development and Career Management, to be published.

(4) TAe Army Warrant Officer 2025 Strategy in Support of Force 2025 and Beyond.

(5) Joint Services Transcript Web site, <https://jst.doded.mil/smart/signln.do>, accessed on 17 October 2016.

(6) The Army Warrant Officer 2025 Strategy in Support of Force 2025 and Beyond.

References:

U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Pam 525-3-1, The U.S. Army Operating Concept--'Win in a Complex World, 31 October 2014.

U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Regulation 71-20, Concept Development, Capabilities Determination, and Capabilities Integration, 28 June 2013.

Chief Warrant Officer Two

Jesse S. Deberry
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