FORWARD OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, TIKRIT, Iraq -- Task Force Danger units here held a ceremony in the base gymnasium, July 9, to award branch insignia to warrant officers and rank insignia for Chief Warrant Officer 5s.
The event and changeover coincide with the 86th anniversary of the Warrant Officer Corps" founding.
The insignia for Chief Warrant Officer 5 replaces the old Master Warrant Officer insignia that has been used since 1988, said CW5 Jamie Haas, 4th Brigade Safety Officer.
Originally, CW 4s received the title of Master Warrant Officer with no promotion in pay grade. In 1991, the grade of CW5 was recognized, and those elevated to that rank continued to wear the insignia of Master Warrant Officer, Haas added. Brig. Gen. Stephen D. Mundt, assistant Division commander for Support, pinned the "new" rank insignia on four of the task force's six Warrant Officer 5s.
Unit commanders then went into the ranks of the all-warrant-officer formation and pinned branch insignia in place of the "rising eagle" insignia on the collars of the remaining warrant officers.
Mundt addressed the honorees and crowd and commended the warrant officers for their expertise and professionalism.
"You have had a right, ever since I met you, to wear your branch insignia on your collar," he told the formation.The change is Army-wide by order of the chief of staff of the Army. Warrant officers now align themselves with their respective branches.
Seventy-eight warrant officers from 13 Army branches received branch insignia, as fellow soldiers looked on. The 1st Infantry Division Band provided music for the ceremony.