July 13, 2011

Warrant officer candidates conduct community service project

By Cotton Puryear      
Virginia Department of Military Affairs

BLACKSTONE, Va. — Warrant officer candidates from the Virginia and North Carolina Army National Guard conducted a community service project in Blackstone June 25 as part of their five-week Phase II coursework to earn their warrant officer commissions.

 

Warrant Officer Candidates from the Virginia and North Carolina Army National Guard conduct a community service project in Blackstone June 25, 2011, as part of their five-week Phase II coursework to earn their warrant officer commissions. Nine officer candidates from Class 11-001 spent the day refurbishing 40 drainage grates surrounding trees on the street in downtown Blackstone in coordination with Downtown Blackstone, Inc. The community service project is part of the official curriculum established by Fort Rucker for all warrant officer candidates with an emphasis on project development, logistical planning and interaction with community leaders. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia Department of Military Affairs)


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Nine officer candidates spent the day refurbishing 40 drainage grates surrounding trees on the street in downtown Blackstone in coordination with Downtown Blackstone, Inc. The community service project is part of the official curriculum established by Fort Rucker for all warrant officer candidates with an emphasis on project development, logistical planning and interaction with community leaders.

Besides the obvious benefit to the local community, the service project has real world training value, explained Chief Warrant Officer Brian A. Temple, course manager for the Warrant Office Candidate School. The candidates have to plan every aspect of the project, including the logistical resupply, he said. The project also gives candidates experience working with community leaders.

“We have so many projects that need attention, we are really glad to have them help us,” said Lafayette Dickens, program manager for Downtown Blackstone, Inc.

The warrant officer candidate course begins with a distance learning phase, followed by course work conducted at Fort Pickett over five drill weekends, and then the candidates conduct a two-week annual training at Camp Atterbury, Ind.

The two-week annual training period begins July 14 and candidates are scheduled to graduate July 30. Newly commissioned warrant officers will be recognized in Virginia in October.

For more information about becoming a warrant officer, contact Temple at 434-298-5448 or by email at brian.a.temple@us.army.mil or Chief Warrant Officer Eddie H. Whitt, state command chief warrant officer, at 434-298-6145 or by email at eddie.whitt@us.army.mil.

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