Gov. Ricketts Highlights 100-Year Anniversary of Army Warrant Officer Corps
Eric Maher, Governor’s Office, 402-471-1974
Capt. Doug Carlson, Nebraska National Guard, 402-309-8395
Gov. Ricketts, Major General Daryl Bohac host Warrant Officers for a proclamation ceremony.
LINCOLN – On Monday, Governor Pete Ricketts hosted members of the Nebraska National Guard to proclaim July 2018 as Nebraska Army National Guard Warrant Officer Month in Nebraska and celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Army Warrant Officer Corps. Warrant Officers are the technical foundation of the U.S. Army in aviation, intelligence, administration, and logistics. They are trained at the highest level of technical and tactical proficiency. Right now, the Nebraska Army National Guard has 140 Warrant Officers who serve across 33 career specialties within 14 of the Army’s 17 Warrant Officer branches.
FACTS ABOUT WARRANT OFFICERS IN THE NEBRASKA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
- Warrant Officers became authorized by U.S. Congress to serve in the Army on July 9, 1918. It was then that the U.S. Army Mine Planter Service, under the U.S. Army Coast Artillery Corps, authorized a total of 40 Warrant Officers to serve as masters, mates, and chief engineers.
- One hundred years later, 8,600 Warrant Officers serve today. These Warrant Officers’ roles in the Army remain vital to the total force and its efforts to fight and win our nation’s wars.
- Warrant Officers make up only about 3 percent of the total Army, but that number underscores their skills. Each officer plays a role as an expert in their field, a leader, trainer, or advisor. But, above all else, they act as a military professional serving as the link between commissioned officers and enlisted soldiers.
- In 1926, Olive Hoskins was the first U.S. female Warrant Officer. She served at the VII Corps Area headquarters in Omaha for 10 years. It was not until World War II that the Army would again appoint women as warrants.
- Nebraska’s very own Chief Warrant Officer Five Theresa Domeier has been selected as the Army National Guard’s Command Chief Warrant Officer. She will lead the 8,600 Army Warrant Officers nationwide and is the first woman to hold the position.