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Show the way.

It's the week after ENFORCE 2012 as I write this edition of Show the Way, and the excitement and residual energy from last week still linger in my thoughts. It was a fast-paced week filled with highly productive meetings, briefings, working groups, and social events. Just as important, we had a record turnout of warrant officers, which made it all the more fun. The room was filled for the Regimental Warrant Officer Council on 21 April, and we shared a lot of information with the group. I trust that everyone enjoyed the comradeship we shared and found the presentations valuable. My heartfelt thanks go out to all of you who were able to attend.

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Last week, we kicked off the first Warrant Officer Advanced Course for geospatial engineering technicians (military occupational specialty 125D) at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, with nine students. We also graduated the first expanded (26-week) Warrant Officer Basic Course for construction engineering technicians (military occupational specialty 120A), also with nine students. It's great to see the 125D and 120A populations interacting with each other and with the commissioned and noncommissioned officer students while undergoing training here. Those bonds will only grow stronger over time.

Now that ENFORCE is over, we are focused on building upon the momentum that was started. Brigadier General Peter A. (Duke) DeLuca asked us to pass on that your presence at ENFORCE 2012 enabled us to cram 3 months of work into 1 week. Your participation helped lay the foundation for us to carry out the task of "Engineering for the Wars We Fight." By the time you read this, we should have the concepts for engineer capabilities embedded where they need to be solidified.

The next few years will bring many changes as we reset the Engineer Regiment to provide the Army with the capability it needs now and will need in the future, so it is more important than ever to keep the communications lines open and active. The best way for us to do this is to use the following engineer warrant officer mill Book sites:

* <https://www.milsuite.mil/book/groups/engineer-branch-junior-warrant-officer-group>.

* <https://www.milsuite.mil/book/groups/senior-engineer-warrant-officer-group>.

By using these forums, we can accomplish three main objectives:

* Provide a venue to share ideas and experiences while soliciting input from others.

* Serve as a historical record and effective platform for newly accessed warrant officers to build on their knowledge and gain insights from the experiences of those who came before them.

* Decrease the duplicate e-mail chains that go around but don't necessarily reach everyone who might benefit from the discussions.

As a rule of thumb, if you are curious about something. then chances are that others will be curious as well. By collaborating on these sites, we can strengthen our engineer warrant officer cohort and get to know each other better.

Finally, I'd like to pass my personal thanks to our outgoing Honorary Chief Warrant Officer of the Regiment, Chief Warrant Officer Four Arthur "Jim" Flinn (Retired). Jim closed out his tenure by giving a deeply moving presentation as the guest speaker for the ENFORCE prayer breakfast. He and his lovely wife Karen shared a great time with us at the Regimental Ball. Thank you, Jim!

Essayons et Faissons!

Chief Warrant Officer Five Scott R. Owens Regimental Chief Warrant Officer
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Author:Owens, Scott R.
Publication:Engineer: The Professional Bulletin for Army Engineers
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 2012
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