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Motivational Men: Command Chief Warrant Officer Patrick R. Nelligan – Critical to the Mission

 

They are dynamic teachers, assist with emerging technologies, and so much more—yet they are the least known military leaders in the U.S. Army.

 

For more than a century, the U.S. Army Reserve has called upon a specialized group of Soldiers among its ranks to solve its most challenging problems and manage its most complex technical processes. Today we are honoring Warrant Officers in celebration of their 104th anniversary.

 

As keepers of the Army’s technical systems, the Warrant Officer has evolved from humble beginnings in the Army Coast artillery Corps of World War I to the highly trained technical experts who specialize in one of 48 technical areas including intelligence, aviation, and engineering. Where the Army has a need for specialized technical and tactical expertise you will find warrant officers serving at all echelons.

 

Although they make up less than three percent of total Army strength, the Warrant Officer Cohort is over 25,000 men and women strong. It’s responsible for training Soldiers, organizing and advising on missions, and advancing within their career specialties. Warrant officers are innovative integrators of emerging technologies, dynamic teachers, confident warfighters, and developers of specialized teams of Soldiers.

 

This is a critical position within all branches of the military—and especially within the Army Reserve—because the Warrant Officer is a steady presence with expert knowledge that helps the Army achieve its mission. They also serve as invaluable role models for enlisted service members and trusted advisors to the officer corps.

 

 

I was extremely honored to speak with Command Chief Warrant Officer of the Army Reserve, CW5 Patrick R. Nelligan, to discuss the important role warrant officers fulfill and how they work to help the Army achieve its mission.

 

 

 

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Nelligan assumed the duties as the 8th Command Chief Warrant Officer of the United States Army Reserve Command, United States Army Reserve on March 31, 2021. In this position, he is responsible for all Army Reserve Warrant Officers within the Army Reserve Command.

 

His previous duty was the 6th Command Chief Warrant Officer of the Army Reserve Medical Command, United States Army Reserve October 2018 to March 2021. 2nd Command Chief Warrant Officer of the 75th Innovations Command, United States Army Reserve July of 2015 to September 2018. Special Mission Warrant Officer Accessions Chief, ARCD February 2015 to July 2015, 2nd Command Chief Warrant Officer of the 81st Regional Support Command (RSC from March 2012 to February 2015), Supply and Service Officer (S4) for the 405th Combat Support Hospital from October 2010 to March 2012, Officer in Charge of the Northeast Region for the Strength Management Initiative Task Force and 1st Command Chief Warrant Officer of the 804th Medical Brigade from1 October 2008 until 30 September 2010, and the 2nd Command Chief Warrant Officer of 94th Regional Readiness Command from 1 February 2006 until its deactivation on 30 September 2008.

 

CW5 Nelligan enlisted in the Army in March 1982, completing Basic Training and Field Artillery Cannon Crewman (OSUT) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He was assigned to the 3/35th Field Artillery (8” self propelled) West Germany, where he served as an Advanced Party, Gun Driver, and Battery Commander’s Driver. He left active duty in 1984 and joined the 340th General Hospital and was sent to the United States Army Medical Equipment and Optical School, Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center to become a medical equipment repairman from which he completed both the basic and advanced courses and was named honor graduate.  He has served in Honduras and Guatemala providing medical equipment maintenance support to each respective taskforce. In June of 1990 he was appointed as a WO1, Health Services Maintenance Technician in July 1990 and was assigned to the 819th Station Hospital which converted to the 405th Combat Support Hospital in 1992.  He was activated in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and deployed to Kuwait in 2002.  His assignments included Property Book Officer, Supply and Services Officer, and Unit Logistician (Forward).

 

CW5 Nelligan has completed the Brigade Pre-Command Course, Warrant Officer Senior Staff Course, Warrant Officer Staff Course, Officer Advanced Course, Master Fitness Trainer Course, Medical Logistics Management Course, Medical X-Ray Survey Techniques Course, Health Services Maintenance Technician Course, US Customs Border Agent Course, and United States Department of Agriculture Food Inspector Training Course.

 

CW5 Nelligan’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster , Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with 9 Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal with 1 Bronze Star, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Gold Hourglass and with “M” Device, Noncommissioned Officer’s Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 2, , Army Service Ribbon, Army  Overseas Service Ribbon,  Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon with Numeral 2, Driver Badge with Driver-W Bar.

 

CW5 Nelligan received an Associates Degree in Biomedical Equipment Maintenance, two Bachelor’s Degrees; one in Applied Behavioral Studies and the other in Liberal Studies, and a Masters in Business Administration with a Health Care Concentration.

 

CW5 Nelligan resides in Bristol Connecticut with his wife Nancy.  They have three adult children, daughter Darby, son Thomas (who is an SMP Minute Man Scholarship recipient and Army Reservist), and son Owen.  He also is employed by the Veterans Administration where he works as the Lead Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist (BESS) onsite at the Newington Connecticut campus. {SOURCE: USARC}

 

 

**NOTE: ** MY APOLOGIES FOR MY VOICE QUALITY, AS I HAD CONTRACTED COVID-19 SHORTLY BEFORE THE TAPING OF THIS INTERVIEW. **

 

 

Makeba Giles is a Digital Content Producer and founder of Faith Health and Home, a digital space with information and resources for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being to help families live an inspired lifestyle.

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