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    First female chief warrant officer 5 in NC National Guard

    First female chief warrant officer 5 In NC National Guard

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Brendan Stephens | Elizabeth Bohannon, right, makes North Carolina National Guard history as the first...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. 1st Class Robert Jordan 

    North Carolina National Guard

    RALEIGH, N.C. - Elizabeth Bohannon made North Carolina National Guard history as she stood at attention, raised her right hand and swore to support and defend the Constitution as the first female Chief Warrant Officer 5 in the NCNG at her promotion ceremony held at Guard Headquarters, here Dec. 22, 2014.

    A wide range of NCNG Soldiers and Airmen stand at attention as Army Maj. Gen. Greg Lusk, adjutant general of North Carolina, administered the oath. The Bohannon family shared in her promotion to the highest warrant officer rank as they joined her on stage and pinned her insignia to her dress uniform.

    “This is the first promotion ceremony my family has been able to see and share,” said Bohannon.

    Bohannon later invited to the stage two other ground breaking N.C. Guard leaders, Maj. Melissa Culbreth, the first female NCNG chaplain and Army Maj. Gen. Elizabeth Austin, assistant deputy commanding general, Army National Guard, Army Material Command and the first NCNG female major general.

    “It is a great day for the Guard,” said Lusk.

    Bohannon's many accomplishments were recounted during the ceremony. She is a 30-year veteran and graduate of multiple Army leadership schools. She earned many military awards and decorations including Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medals, and multiple NCNG medals and awardsl.

    In the Army, warrant officers are highly specialized experts in their career fields. Bohannon brings her more than thirty years of experience with multiple combat deployments and vast personal, academic and professional knowledge of human resources, recruiting, retention to the training and deployment of NCNG Soldiers and Airmen.

    “Elizabeth makes it all look easy; a true professional,” said Lusk.



    Date Taken: 12.19.2014
    Date Posted: 12.24.2014 08:59
    Story ID: 151054
    Location: RALEIGH, NC, US 

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