New state command chief promoted to CW5

Chief Warrant Officer 4 William Lyles pins on chief warrant officer 5 rank in a promotion ceremony held Nov. 21, 2012, at Fort Pickett. (Contributed photo)

BLACKSTONE, Va. — Chief Warrant Officer 4 William Lyles was promoted to chief warrant officer 5 in a promotion ceremony held Nov. 21, 2012, at Fort Pickett. Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, hosted the event and “pinned on” the new rank for the state’s senior warrant officer.

He officially began serving Nov. 1 as the state command chief warrant officer. In that position, he serves as the senior warrant officer in the state managing the military aspects of all full time and traditional National Guard warrant officers. He is the primary advisor and spokesperson regarding issues related to the analysis and enforcement of established policies and standards for all warrant officers and is responsible for military issues related to readiness, as well as the performance, care, conduct, and appearance, effective personnel utilization, management, education and training of all warrant officers within the state.

Lyles, a native of Victoria, enlisted into the active duty U. S. Army in 1983, and he served in various enlisted mechanical maintenance positions supporting the 3rd Infantry Division in Germany and 32nd Field Artillery at Fort Sill, Okla. He joined the Virginia Army National Guard in 1988, and he served in various enlisted leadership positions as a noncommissioned officer with Company B, 729th Maintenance Battalion and 986th Medical Company (Air Ambulance).

In 1994, Lyles was appointed to the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Corps in the Virginia Army National Guard. He was assigned with the Company B, 429th Support Battalion, where he served as unit maintenance technician. He served in the 3647th Maintenance Company and Joint Force Headquarters as support maintenance technician and maintenance management officer.

From 2010 to 2012, he served as the senior warrant officer advisor to U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command at Fort Lee.