Magazine article Warrior - Citizen

Change of Responsibility

Magazine article Warrior - Citizen

Change of Responsibility

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FORT BELVOIR, Va. - In her tenure as Command Chief Warrant Officer of the Army Reserve and U.S. Army Reserve Command, newly selected Command Chief Warrant Officer 5 Phyllis Wlson hopes to mentor warrant officers and bring increased visibility to a corps that makes up less than three percent of the Army structure.

"I want to ensure that Army Reserve warrant officers are viewed as key leaders, key advisors and mentors," said Wlson. "I'm very proud to have the opportunity to represent the highly skilled, adaptive technical experts, combat leaders, trainers and advisors that comprise the Army Reserve warrant officer corps."

Wilson replaced Command Chief Warrant Officer 5 James E. Thompson, who served as CCWO of the Army Reserve from Sept. 2007 to July 2012, retiring after 41 years of military service. Thompson, the first warrant officer to be included as part of the command group staff, called it "the best job I've ever had."

"I know that I am leaving the warrant officers in good hands," said Thompson. "Chief Wilson is totally dedicated to continuing the transformation of the Army Reserve and the transformation of warrant officers."

"The advances made by Chief Thompson on behalf of warrant officers have had an impact across the entire Army Reserve and I'd like to thank him for all he has done," said Wilson.

As CCWO, Wilson will represent and advise the U.S. Army Reserve Chief, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley, and the command staff on matters pertaining to the recruiting, organization, retention, training and education of warrant officers throughout the Army Reserve. …

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