CW5 Panter takes helm as CCWO

| February 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Mark Parr, the 8th Theater Sustainment Command’s outgoing command chief warrant officer, passes the warrant officer scroll to Maj. Gen. Susan A. Davidson, the 8th TSC’s commanding general, during the command’s CCWO change of responsibility ceremony January 29, 2018 at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. With the change of responsibility, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ronald Panter becomes just the 4th warrant officer in the 8th TSC to hold the position since 2014, and will be the senior leader for the command’s warrant officers. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michael Behlin)

Story and photos by
Sgt. 1st Class Michael Behlin
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — The 8th Theater Sustainment Command officially welcomed Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ronald Panter as its newest command chief warrant officer during a change of responsibility ceremony, here, at the Hale Ikena, Jan. 29.

Panter took over the position from CW5 Mark Parr, who had held the position since May of 2017.

With the change of responsibility, Panter becomes just the fourth warrant officer in the 8th TSC to hold the position since 2014, and he will be the senior leader for the command’s warrant officers.

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Mark Parr, the 8th Theater Sustainment Command’s outgoing command chief warrant officer, is awarded the Legion of Merit from Maj. Gen. Susan A. Davidson, the 8th TSC’s commanding general, during a change of responsibility ceremony January 29, 2018 at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. During the ceremony, the 8th TSC officially welcomed CW5 Ronald Panter as its new command chief warrant officer. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michael Behlin)

“While this event has many formalities surrounding the individuals themselves, the essential thing I hope that you take away is what an important role warrant officers play in our command and in our Army,” said Maj. Gen. Susan A. Davidson, commanding general of the 8th TSC.

“These leaders provide guidance, mentorship and experience to commanders, peers and subordinates alike across 44 MOSs ranging from engineers to CID to mobility.”

The command chief warrant officer of the 8th TSC serves as the senior warrant officer. He/she is the commanding general’s principle assistant and adviser on all matters concerning warrant officers and their families.

Maj. Gen. Susan A. Davidson, commanding general of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, stressed the importance of the command chief warrant during the command’s CCWO change of responsibility ceremony January 29, 2018 at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. With the change of responsibility, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ronald Panter becomes just the 4th warrant officer in the 8th TSC to hold the position since 2014, and will be the senior leader for the command’s warrant officers. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michael Behlin)

The CCWO is also responsible for advising the commanding general on all matters pertinent to warrant officer training, professional development, morale, accessions, retention and other areas impacting readiness.

While a bittersweet moment for Parr, he said he looks forward to his future endeavors and wishes the best for CW5 Panter as he takes on a tough, but rewarding position.

“I truly believe that this position exists to ensure warrant officers have a voice within the command,” said Parr. “I don’t know what the future holds for the Pacific, but I’m sure that with CW5 Ron Panter, you’re in good hands. The job is right, the guy is right and the time is right.”

Chief warrant officer five is the highest rank a warrant officer can achieve. While most commands have the traditional commanding general and command sergeant major, the 8th TSC puts special emphasis on the critical roles warrant officers play.

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ronald Panter officially assumed responsibility as the 8th Theater Sustainment Command’s command chief warrant officer during a ceremony January 29, 2018 at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. With the change of responsibility, Panter becomes just the 4th warrant officer in the 8th TSC to hold the position since 2014, and will be the senior leader for the command’s warrant officers. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michael Behlin)

With his new position, Panter will provide expert advice to the command group and staff as well as oversee the professional development of warrant officers with the command and the Pacific theater.

Prior to the position of CCWO, Panter served as the 8th TSC’s support operations materiel management branch chief, a position slotted for a lieutenant colonel.

He said that he is excited to take on his new role, and he looks forward to working with the Soldiers of the 8th TSC.

During his speech, he thanked the 8th TSC’s leadership for selecting him as the next CCWO.

“Maj. Gen. Davidson and Command Sgt. Maj. Garza, thank you for selecting me to be your next command chief warrant officer, senior assistant and adviser for all matters concerning warrant officers and their families,” said Panter. “I am both humbled and honored to be a part of the command team.”

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