New State Command Chief Warrant Officer Appointed for Maine Army National Guard
AUGUSTA, ME (03/16/2018) (readMedia)-- Augusta, Maine– Maj. Gen. Douglas A. Farnham, Adjutant General of the Maine National Guard, presided over a change of responsibility ceremony for the state command chief warrant officer position at Camp Chamberlain on Friday, March 16.
Chief Warrant Officer 4 David F. Cheney replaces Chief Warrant Officer 5 Darrell A. Stevens who retires after nearly 37 years of military service. Stevens served as the state command chief warrant officer since April 1, 2008.
The command chief warrant officer is responsible to address warrant officer management, education, development and to improve the strength management of the Warrant Officer Corps within the Maine Army National Guard. The individual serves as warrant officer advisor to the state Adjutant General as a member of the primary staff.
"Darrell has been part of the leadership team from 2008 to 2018," said Farnham. "More importantly, he has been a mentor to a generation of warrant officers. Thank you for your professionalism and your dedication, your dedication is professionalism. Chief Cheney, after the last few weeks with Darrell you know that your plate will be full. I look forward to serving with Chief Cheney as we navigate through these uncertain and complex times and lead the Maine Army National Guard to success."
Cheney, a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, joined the Maine Army National Guard on April 9, 1983. At the time of his enlistment he was assigned to Alpha Battery, 152nd Field Artillery located in Presque Isle. Cheney has served in a variety of positions and was appointed as a Warrant Officer on July 25, 2000. His previous assignments included 286th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and the 240th Regiment, Regional Training Institute. Both Units are located in Bangor.
"I am humbled that the state leadership has put their trust in me to perform this duty," Cheney said. "My focus is to continue the great work Mr. Stevens has done managing the warrant officer program and to ensure our leaders are able to successfully perform their wartime and state side mission."
"Chief Cheney is a great addition to the adjutant general's staff and will serve the warrant officer cohort well while serving as Maine's Command Chief Warrant Officer," said Stevens. "He has proven throughout his career that he is a kind of leader who can build on success, and I am confident that he will continue to improve the strength and relevance of the warrant officers of the Maine Army National Guard."
For additional information, please contact the Maine National Guard public affairs office at 207-430-5759, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Douglas A. Farnham, Adjutant General for the Maine National Guard, passes the Warrant Officer guidon to incoming command chief warrant officer, Chief Warrant Officer 4 David F. Cheney during a change of responsibility ceremony for the state command warrant officer position at Camp Chamberlain Friday, March 16. Cheney will be the fourth warrant officer to hold this position, and will be the senior leader for the command's warrant officers.
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Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mark Ray passes the warrant officer guidon to outgoing chief command warrant officer, Warrant Officer 5 Darrell Stevens as part of a change of responsibility ceremony at Camp Chamberlain, Friday, March 16. Chief Warrant Officer 4 David Cheney will assume the responsibilities as the chief command warrant officer, making him the third to hold the position. Stevens served as the command chief warrant officer since 2008, and will be retiring after nearly 37 years of military service.