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it would be surprising to find five chief warrant officers serving on the same military installation in the United States. To find five chief warrant officers five on small New Kabul Compound, one of the many International Security Forces Afghanistan in Kabul, would be highly unlikely.
However, that’s what happened recently, when five senior warrant officers from various military occupationalspecialties were assigned to New Kabul Compound in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The quintet of (pictured, from left) James Muthig, Hal Jenkins, Ervin Anderson, Eugene Gardner, and William Studivant, bring more than 164 combined years of service to Afghanistan. They have deployed individually for real-world missions in seven countries and participated in emergency relief operations for Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, numerous earthquakes and state-declared emergencies.
"Experience is an important part of leadership, and in today's modern military and battlefields it takes both to be successful in order to suppress the adversary," said Jenkins, in discussing the value warrant officers bring to the military. “The opportunity of having this much senior warrant officer experience assigned to the USFOR-A Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan is rare. It affords leadership the ability to locally capitalize on the decades of cumulative master-level experience.
“We interact and provide essential advice to the commander and senior leadership, facilitating direct support to the war fighter on the modern battlefield of Afghanistan.” (Photo by Lt. Cmdr. Elliott Wright)