Army's senior warrant officer fact finding at Sill
A newly created champion for the warrant officers of the Army, the National Guard and the Reserve has chosen Fort Sill as the site of his first official visit.
The new Army Staff Senior Warrant Officer, Chief Warrant Officer 5 David Williams, visited a firing point on the West Range Wednesday with a retinue of other high-ranking warrant officers. They were there to observe Redleg War, the culminating exercise for second lieutenants in Field Artillery Basic Officer Leader Course B.
Somewhere over the ridgeline, a pair of lieutenants serving as forward observers were detecting enemy movements, calling for fire from the fire detection center, which relayed a mission to the firing line. The result, as anyone within hearing distance knows, is a loud boom and a round fired downrange.
Lt. Col. Rob Krieg, commander of 1st Battalion, 30th Field Artillery, said 120 lieutenants in Class 2-14 will graduate on Tuesday. It's always great to have visitors, he said, and they have them quite often. Last year Secretary of the Army John McHugh came to watch. When they have guests, the lieutenants don't do anything differently, they just go on doing what they were trained to do.
Williams said his position was created by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno so he could have eyes and ears within the Warrant Officer Corps. Williams serves as Odierno's adviser on all things pertaining to warrant officers, such as training, promotions and making sure warrant officers have everything they need to be effective.