The Making of a Warrant Officer

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Potential warrant officers get head start at Virginia’s Pre-WOCS

Virginia Guard Soldiers hoping to become warrant officers attend Virginia’s Pre-Warrant Officer Candidate School Feb. 23 at the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute at Fort Pickett. The weekend-long course enables prospective warrant officers to gain an understanding of what they can expect when they attend WOCS, either at Fort Pickett or Fort Rucker, Ala. The course is a requirement for all Virginia Guard Soldiers wishing to become warrant officers and includes an Army Physical Fitness Test, familiarization and training on the standard operating procedures candidates can expect to find in WOCS, and a land navigation course. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Terra C. Gatti, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

FORT PICKETT, Va. – At the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, Soldiers hoping to one day become warrant officers gathered Feb. 22-24 for Pre-Warrant Officer Candidate School. The course allows Soldiers with an interest in joining the warrant officer corps a chance to experience the challenges they’re likely to find should they go on to WOCS.

“The Pre-WOCS program is designed to give [reserve component] Soldiers who might have aspirations of becoming a warrant an opportunity to see what it’s like and it gives them a snapshot of what it’s like to be a candidate at either Fort Rucker or at the reserve component WOCS program here in Virginia,” explained Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brian Temple, course manager for WOCS and Pre-WOCS. | Read More

WOCs begin Phase II at Virginia’s RTI

Warrant officer candidates conduct eight-count pushups during the first drill weekend of Phase II of the Warrant Officer Candidate School April 21, 2013, held at the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute. The weekend included an orientation briefing on what the WOCs can expect during Phase II, as well as classroom time focused on such topics as military history, and effective writing techniques. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Terra C. Gatti, Virginia Guard Public Affairs) FORT PICKETT, Va. – The warrant officer candidates enrolled in Class 13-001 of the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute’s Warrant Officer Candidate School, started Phase II of the program April 19, 2013, at Fort Pickett. The nine candidates remaining by the end of the weekend, down from 10 at the start, came primarily from the Virginia Army National Guard, with one candidate, from the U.S. Army Reserve, traveling from North Carolina to attend the course.

This first weekend of Phase II is the first of five drill weekends that make up the second phase of WOCS, all of which will take place at the RTI. The requirements for the second phase of WOCS are outlined by the U.S. Army’s Warrant Officer Candidate School at Fort Rucker, Ala. | Read More

 WOCs present song and sign, become the Purple Knights

Warrant Officer Candidates of Class 13-001 present their class song June 22, 2013, at the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute in front of Warrant Officer Candidate School cadre, senior leaders from the RTI, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Phyllis J. Wilson, command chief warrant officer of the U.S. Army Reserve, and Chief Warrant Officer 5 William D. Lyles, Virginia Guard command chief warrant officer. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Terra C. Gatti, Virginia Guard Public Affairs) FORT PICKETT, Va. – For the warrant officer candidates enrolled in Class 13-001 at the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute’s Warrant Officer Candidate School, June was a big month. The candidates moved from the beginning phase of WOCS, into the intermediate phase, earning themselves a handful of privileges in the process and embracing their newly-bestowed class color and mascot to become the purple knights.

The weekend of June 21-23 was the third of five drill weekends that will make up Phase II of WOCS for the candidates, and, as usual, the weekend was packed with new challenges and experiences for the nine candidates enrolled in the course. Eight of the candidates are from the Virginia National Guard and one is from the U.S. Army Reserve. | Read More

WOCs’ community project brightens up Blackstone

Warrant Officer Candidates from the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute paint curbs and fire hydrants in downtown Blackstone Aug. 24, 2013, as part of their Warrant Officer Candidate School community project. The nine candidates, from Virginia and North Carolina, painted four curbs and eight fire hydrants along Main Street. The class also arranged for a nearby static display of military vehicles and weapons by the Military History Air/Group Operations Group from King William, Va. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)BLACKSTONE, Va. — Warrant Officer Candidates from the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute painted curbs and fire hydrants in downtown Blackstone Aug. 24, 2013, as part of their Warrant Officer Candidate School community project. The nine candidates of Class 13-001, eight Virginia Guard Soldiers and one U.S. Army Reserve Soldier from North Carolina, painted eight fire hydrants silver and four curbs yellow during the Saturday project.

The Purple Knights also arranged for a daylong static display of military vehicles and weapons by the Military History Air/Ground Operations Group from King William, Va. | Read More

The Final Phase

Nine warrant officer candidates conduct practical writing exercises during the first drill weekend of Phase II of the Warrant Officer Candidate School April 21, 2013, held at the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute.  (Photo by Staff Sgt. Terra C. Gatti, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

SANDSTON, Va. – For the two-week, third and final phase of Warrant Officer Candidate School, nine Soldiers enrolled in the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute’s WOCS program headed to Camp Atterbury, Ind. Phase III included more than 150 warrant officer candidates from the National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve from states across the country and kicked off Sept. 7 before culminating in a graduation ceremony on Sept. 21, where the candidates pinned the rank of warrant officer 1.

“Phase III is more hands-on,” explained Chief Warrant Officer 3 Wayne Sexton, training, advising and counseling officer for the Virginia Guard’s WOCS program. “Phase III is designed to build confidence and it strengthens your integrity, commitment, loyalty and self-discipline.” | Read More

New warrants recognized in Virginia ceremony

Newly-appointed warrant officers assemble in front of family, friends and senior leaders from the Virginia Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve for a Warrant Officer Appointment Recognition Ceremony Oct. 26, 2013, at Fort Pickett’s 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute. Of eight new warrant officers, seven are assigned to the Virginia Army National Guard and one is assigned to the U.S. Army Reserve. The Soldiers recognized at the ceremony graduated from the reserve component Warrant Officer Candidate School last month at a graduation ceremony held in Indiana. Guest speakers at the event included Brig. Gen. Blake C. Ortner, the Virginia Guard’s land component commander; Chief Warrant Officer 5 Phyllis J. Wilson, command chief warrant officer for the U.S. Army Reserve; and Chief Warrant Officer 5 William Lyles, command chief warrant officer for the Virginia Army National Guard. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Terra C. Gatti, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

FORT PICKETT, Va. – Recent graduates of the Virginia Army National Guard’s Warrant Officer Candidate School gathered Oct. 26, 2013, at Fort Pickett’s 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, for a Warrant Officer Appointment Recognition Ceremony. The ceremony took place in front of friends, family members and senior leaders from the Virginia National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve, and honored the nine graduates of WOCS Class 13-001.

The new warrant officers graduated WOCS in September at a ceremony held near Camp Atterbury, Ind., where the warrant officer candidates completed the third and final phase of WOCS. The Recognition Ceremony allowed loved ones and the commonwealth’s senior leaders a chance to recognize the accomplishments of the newly-appointed warrants in their home state. | Read More

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