Show the Way.
In the past year, we selected more than 50 new warrant officers to join our cohort. Our instructors trained more than 50 Warrant Officer Basic Course (WOBC) students, 52 Warrant Officer Advanced Course (WOAC) students, and 19 Warrant Officer Intermediate-Level Education Follow-On students at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. This is a testament to the hard work that our instructors, training developers, and Engineer personnel development staff are performing to ensure that we bring in and train the best warrant officers in the Army. The U.S. Army Human Resources Command continues to manage our warrant officers to ensure that the right warrant officer is in the right position to provide commanders and leaders with sound engineering technical advice.
In February 2018, Chief Warrant Officer Four Tavaras Jones replaced Chief Warrant Officer Four Donald Bond as the 120A Construction Engineering Technician Course manager. During Bond's tenure as the course manager, he and his team set up a program enabling WOBC students to receive their 30-hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration certification before graduating from WOBC. He also integrated the Associate Constructor Certification examination into WOBC, which provided an opportunity for our Warrant Officer One students to receive that certification while in WOBC. Chief Warrant Officer Four Jones also brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the course. I am confident that the course will continue to grow and improve under his leadership.
The U.S. Army Prime Power School held a change of command in May 2018. Chief Warrant Officer Five Corey Hill relinquished command to Chief Warrant Officer Four Donald Bond. During his time as the commander, Hill and his team resecured full Army accreditation from the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. They also created, staffed, and officially formalized the tenant unit support relationship for the Prime Power School on Fort Leonard Wood through a memorandum of understanding between the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, Fort Leonard Wood, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As a result of the agreement, validated by the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Commanding General and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Deputy Commanding General, the Prime Power School is now synchronized with the Corps of Engineers, Fort Leonard Wood, and the Engineer School for support through mutually beneficial partnerships that facilitate operational transparency.
One of our senior warrant officers, Chief Warrant Officer Five Russell Gaines, has retired from the Army after more than 38 years of service. Gaines is an exceptional warrant officer, and I know that he will continue to serve our Nation in some capacity. His contributions to the Regiment, the geospatial community, and the intelligence community have been monumental. The initiatives that he championed and spearheaded will have a lasting effect on our Regiment, the U.S. Army, and our Nation. He is retiring from the National Geospatial Agency, where he supported and advised senior government officials of agile geospatial-intelligence environments on multiple domains that support warfighter missions and operations, homeland security/defense, and humanitarian and disaster relief operations. As the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Capability Manager-Geospatial Coordinator and subject matter expert in support of the Engineer School, he ensured that U.S. Army command and control systems were developed with the capability to integrate the Standard Sharable Geospatial Foundation (map background), specialized geospatial intelligence products and formats, and geospatial intelligence Web-based services. Russ, we wish you well in the next chapter of your career.
In April 2018, 11 Regular Army and Army National Guard, U.S. Army Reserve, Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 125D, Geospatial Engineers, conducted a critical task site-selection board at Fort Leonard Wood. Technological changes and the growing need for geospatial engineering data have shown that it is imperative that training in WOBC, WOAC, and Warrant Officer Intermediate-Level Education meet the needs of our senior leaders in the U.S. Army. The board spent a week identifying shortcomings and recommending changes to our WOBC, WOAC, and Warrant Officer Intermediate-Level Education Follow-On curriculum.
We continue to seek out talented noncommissioned officers to become engineer warrant officers. If you are interested in becoming an engineer warrant officer, visit <http:// www.usarec.army.mil/hq/warrant/WOgeninfo_mos.shtml>. Full job descriptions for MOS WO120A, Construction Engineering Technician, and MOS WO125D, Geospatial Engineering Technician, are posted at <http://www.usarec.army .mil/hq/warrant/prerequ/WO120A.shtml> and <http://www .usarec.army.mil/hq/warrant/prerequ/WO125D.shtml>, respectively.
Thank you, team, for being professional and leading the way; and thanks to all engineer warrant officers for actively recruiting to ensure that our cohort stays Army strong.
Chief Warrant Officer Five Jerome L. Bussey
U.S. Army Engineer School Command Chief Warrant Officer
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|Author:||Bussey, Jerome L.|
|Publication:||Engineer: The Professional Bulletin for Army Engineers|
|Date:||May 1, 2018|
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