Trump Tweet: Anniversary wishes for Army’s ‘indispensable guardians’ (VIDEO)

BY KAT SHEPHERD / JULY 9, 2018 /

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President Donald J. Trump wished Army Warrant Officers a happy “birthday” on Monday, calling them “indispensable guardians” of US technology.

Trump tweeted: HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY to our amazing current and former Army Warrant Officers. Thank you for your century of service, as the indispensable guardians of our great @USArmy’s technology!

According to the U.S. Army:

WASHINGTON — A century ago, the Army officially recognized for the first time an echelon of Soldiers that have existed in the ranks since 1896: the Army warrant officer.

[In] 1918, the Army opened its first official warrant officer training institution in Fort Monroe, Virginia. Commanded by a U.S. Navy officer, the new school taught navigation and marine engineering skills to the Army’s newest warrant officer candidates. A total of 40 warrant officers were sanctioned to serve as masters, mates, chief engineers, and assistant engineers within the Army Mine Planter Service.

One hundred years later on July 9, 2018, the Army still relies upon warrant officers to be adaptive technical experts, combat leaders, trainers, and advisors, according to Chief Warrant Officer 4 Billy L. Frittz, the Army staff senior warrant officer and the assistant executive officer for Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley.

“On the centennial of the warrant officer cohort, we celebrate who we are, knowing that every situation represents an opportunity to improve our service and support to Army leaders, Soldiers and Families,” Frittz said. “Today’s warrants are faced with limited resources, demanding conditions, and an Army that must meet the challenges of the day while keeping an eye on preparing and modernizing a ready force.”

“To date we remain leaders of Soldiers, professional members of a cohort that continues to produce amazing technicians and operators,” Frittz continued. “As warrant officers, our ability to reinforce a professional culture, keep pace with emerging technologies, and remain the Army’s premier technical experts, systems integrators and leaders, will define our legacy from this day forward.”

Currently, more than 26,000 warrant officers — roughly 2.5 percent of the Army — are distributed throughout the total force. Warrant officers are highly specialized technicians spanning 17 different Army branches and 44 warrant officer specialties. About 40 percent of warrant officers are involved in aviation. The other 60 percent are highly specialized technicians or leaders, Frittz said. These technical officers manage, maintain, operate, and integrate critical Army systems and equipment across the full spectrum of Army operations.

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