Martha Roby introduces legislation to designate National Warrant Officer Day

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Kentucky National Guard warrant officers swear in at the state capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Aug. 20, 2011. [Photo Credit: Kentucky National Guard | Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Oliver]

Alabama 2nd District U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, co-chair of the Army Aviation Caucus, along with the support of the entire Alabama House delegation as cosponsors, this week introduced legislation to designate July 9 as Warrant Officer Day.

H. Res. 947 celebrates a century of warrant officer service and “honors and recognizes the contributions of all warrant officers of the Army, past, present, and future.”

The Army Warrant Officer Corp was established on July 9, 1918; 2018 marks their 100th year of service to the U.S. Army. Today, Army Warrant Officers serve as technical experts, combat leaders, trainers, or advisers who fall into one of two categories: Aviators or Technicians. Army Warrant Officers serve on active duty, U.S. Army Reserve, and Army National Guard.

Candidates attend the Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS) administered by the Warrant Officer Career College at Fort Rucker in Alabama’s Second District.

“Throughout their 100-year history, Army Warrant Officers have continued to represent the expertise and professionalism that led to their founding on July 9, 1918,” Roby said. “This resolution is a small token of appreciation for the service and sacrifices of our brave men and women who have and are currently serving as Army Warrant Officers. I am proud to lead this effort on behalf of the many men and women who served or are currently serving.”

Alabama 1st District U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne joined Roby’s enthusiasm for the legislation, tweeting he was proud to co-sponsor the resolution.

“Proud to co-sponsor this resolution to honor our nation’s Warrant Officers. The Army’s Warrant Officer Career College is located at Fort Rucker in Southeast Alabama,” tweeted Byrne.