Paying Respects
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Hal Griffin, command chief warrant officer for the U.S. Army Reserve, walks Jan. 25, 2020, at the site where a warrant officer died during a lightning strike that knocked over a large oak tree at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The tree fell during a brigade-level training exercise in the summer of 2019, killing Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kevin P. Sullivan. Griffin came to Fort Pickett to engage with the Regional Training Institute leadership and staff responsible for training warrant officer candidates and to participate in a 10-kilometer ruck march with a class of candidates. The school at Fort Pickett is one of 26 locations around the country run by the U.S. Army National Guard that allow U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers to attend the warrant officer candidate training. With the benefit of these locations, Soldiers now have the option to attend Warrant Officer Candidate School without having a 10-month wait for school run by the active component at Fort Rucker, Alabama. This total force partnership between the Army Reserve and National Guard allow for more professional development opportunities across the U.S. Army. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Master Sgt. Michel Sauret)