July 2018: Michigan Army National Guard Warrant Officer Month

WHEREAS, the army warrant officer is a select and highly specialized cohort of the army’s officer corps comprising roughly three percent of the total force; and, 

WHEREAS, the army warrant officer is a self-aware and adaptive technical expert, combat leader, trainer, advisor, and above all else, trusted professional; and,

WHEREAS, warrant officers are vital instruments of their command, commissioned as field leaders, entrusted as technical subject experts, serving as operators, maintainers, managers, integrators and analysts of the Army’s advanced systems, aircraft and weapons platforms; and,

WHEREAS, warrant officers are integrators of emerging technologies, dynamic teachers, confident warfighters and developers of specialized teams of soldiers depended on by leaders to provide concise and expert solutions to complex and dynamic situations; and,

WHEREAS, the governor, the adjutant general, Michigan citizens and this nation can count on Michigan Army National Guard Warrant Officers to stand always ready, always there in support of commanders, staff and soldiers with process and systems mastery, critical and creative thinking, and professional knowledge that prepares their formations for state, domestic and global operations, whenever and wherever called upon; and,

WHEREAS, on July 9, 1918, the US Army Mine Planter Service was established by an act of Congress and on July 22, 1918 this act was published in war Department Bulletin 43; the Mine Planter Service was placed under the US Army Coast Artillery Corps; and,

WHEREAS, a total of 40 warrant officers were subsequently authorized to serve as masters, mates, chief engineers and assistant engineers on each mine planting vessel, thus becoming the first US army warrant officers; and,

WHEREAS, celebrating the 100th year anniversary of the Army Warrant Officer Corps, we recognize the Michigan Army National Guard Warrant Officers who serve across 29 career specialties within 14 of the Army’s 17 warrant officer branches.  I encourage officers, noncommissioned officers, junior enlisted soldiers and all Michigan citizens to recognize the positive impact of the Michigan Army National Guard Warrant Officer;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim July 2018 as Michigan Army National Guard Warrant Officer Month in Michigan.