Local

June 7, 2013

To ensure readiness, National Guard in need of warrant officers

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Thomas Ensminger, command chief warrant officer of the Army National Guard Bureau, meets with Warrant Officer Tracy Rosa, Warrant Officer Basic Course student, 260th Military Battalion, Florida ARNG, to discuss warrant officer needs and recruitment. Ensminger met with Warrant Officer Basic Course students at the Thunder Mountain Activity Centre May 31 to discuss their personal opinions and experiences in becoming warrant officers.

With the Warrant Officer Corps sitting at only 80 percent strength, the Army National Guard, or ARNG, is taking strides to increase this number and ensure readiness.

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Thomas “Gary” Ensminger, command chief warrant officer, ARNG, paid a visit to Fort Huachuca, May 31, to address the issues and challenges of the Military Intelligence, or MI, warrant officer community.

“My goal was to meet with the chief warrant officer of the MI branch and the commanding general of the post to discuss the peculiarities and uniqueness of the ARNG warrant officers,” said Ensminger. “They bring a different background to the fight, and one that I think adds value to the total Army.”

Ensminger explained that fixing these strength issues include providing the necessary support to the state recruiters and their efforts, and reviewing and possibly changing some Army policies that have a negative impact on the traditional ARNG Soldier.

In an article from the Fort Leonard Wood, Kan., “Guidon,” Ensminger said, “The plan is to encourage the states because each state has a warrant officer recruiter and they can find out who’s qualified by name. Now with the downsizing of active duty [Soldiers], there’s going to be a lot more people available. We can pick some of the best out of that group, and that’s going to help.”

During his visit, Ensminger spoke with selected students currently attending the Warrant Officer Basic Course at Fort Huachuca about their personal opinions and experiences in becoming warrant officers.

“I take advantage of every opportunity to talk to ARNG warrant officers,” he said. “I especially enjoy talking with junior warrants. I always encourage them to get involved and ensure them that they do have a voice in what goes on at the [National Guard headquarters].”

“There are some major discussions that are taking place right now that will affect them in the years to come. I want to hear their thoughts. These discussions involve our promotions, our job assignments and our civilian education.”

Visiting with Ensminger were Chief Warrant Officer 5 Robert Davis, command chief warrant officer for the state of Tennessee, and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Bonny Bell, the warrant officer recruiting manager for the entire ARNG. Ensminger said he invited them along with him because of their affiliation with the intent of the visit.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Natalie Lakosil

Annual Installation Awards Banquet honors top personnel

Natalie Lakosil From left, Maj. Gen. Robert Ashley, commanding general, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca stands with Fort Huachuca’s 2014 winners: Non-commissioned Officer of the Year, Sgt. Brya...
 
 

2015 Army Emergency Relief Annual Campaign

Since its founding during World War ll, Army Emergency Relief (AER) has provided $1.7 billion in interest-free loans and grants to 3.6 million Soldiers in the active component, the Army National Guard, the Army Reserve and among the ranks of the retired. AER financial assistance provides timely care and support to Wounded Warriors, Surviving Spouses...
 
 
Stephanie Caffall

Uncasing ceremony formally welcomes 40th ESB Soldiers home

Stephanie Caffall 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion Command Sgt. Maj. John Reinburg, left, and Battalion Commander Lt. Col. David Thomas begin the uncasing of the battalion colors. The colors signify the homecoming of the 40t...
 

 
Courtesy of André Douglas

Civilian Expeditionary Workforce offers unique development opportunity to IMCOM employee

Courtesy of André Douglas The Bagram Air Base installation management team — made up of active duty Service members, civilian employees and contractors — pauses for a commemorative photo. SAN ANTONIO — Joining the Civili...
 
 

FH schools to celebrate National Bike to School Day March 06

Students from Colonel Johnston, General Myer and Colonel Smith Middle Schools will be riding or walking to school on March 6 along with parents, teachers and community leaders. The event will begin from 7 to 8:30 a.m. with youth, parents and community leaders riding or walking from parking lot locations listed below or from home....
 
 

CWFC designed to improve employee morale

There’s an organization on post designed to enhance the quality of life for Fort Huachuca federal Civilian employees during and outside of duty hours. The Civilian Welfare Fund Council, or CWFC, Fort Huachuca, is a Category IV Non-appropriated Fund Instrumentality with proceeds from concessionaire commissions. Its purpose is to manage the Civilian Welfare Funds, or...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin