Aug. 26, 2011

9 Virginia, N.C. warrant officer candidates graduate

By CW3 Bill Huttemann
183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute

CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. Nine warrant officer candidates from the Virginia and North Carolina Army National Guard graduated July 30, 2011 from the Warrant Officer Candidate School at the Indiana Military Academy at Camp Atterbury, Ind.

 

WOC Mohammed Azeez pulls rear security during urban operations training at the Indiana Military Academy at Camp Atterbury, Ind. (Courtesy photo)

The warrant officer candidates completed the final phase of their course at the Indiana National Guard’s premier training facility. In concert with candidates from 19 states, the five Virginia and four North Carolina candidates braved the heat, humidity, insects, and demanding training schedule to achieve their goals. In addition to classroom instruction, the candidates participated in a Field Leadership Exercise designed to expose them to contemporary situations and to evaluate their leadership skills.

Among the plethora of training tasks, the candidates completed multiple Situational Training Exercise lanes, manned an Entry Control Point, conducted Tactical Operations Center operations, confronted civilians on the battlefield during urban operations, experienced the HEAT rollover trainer, and navigated a medical evacuation obstacle course. The FLX culminated with a 10 kilometer road march from the forward operating base back to the IMA.

“Some of the training during Phase III was challenging for Soldiers who did not have a background in infantry tactics and procedures,” WOC Dennis Dufresne explained. “The difficult part was not the procedures themselves, but leading the squad through the scenarios. It really gets you thinking.”

 

WOC Timothy Bowker takes cover after receiving enemy fire. Nine warrant officer candidates from the Virginia and North Carolina Army National Guard graduated July 30, 2011 from the Warrant Officer Candidate School at the Indiana Military Academy at Camp Atterbury, Ind. (Courtesy photo)

Candidates, family and friends, cadre, and distinguished visitors from many of the states attended the graduation ceremony at the Indiana War Memorial in Indianapolis. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the Soldiers were released to return to their home states to begin their careers as warrant officers.

The Virginia WOCS begins with a distance learning phase followed by course work conducted at Fort Pickett over five drill weekends. Finally, the candidates conduct two weeks of annual training at Camp Atterbury.

For more information, visit the National Guard website at http://www.nationalguard.com/careers/become-a-warrant-officer.

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