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Chief Warrant Officers of the Corps, Emeritus

Chief Warrant Officer Five Rufus N. Montgomery, Sr.

Chief Warrant Officer Five
Rufus N. Montgomery, Sr., Retired
Chief Warrant Officer of the Corps, Emeritus
May 2009 – June 2016

CW5 Rufus N. Montgomery, Sr., was a US Army Quartermaster Corps Chief Warrant Officer Five who was widely recognized as one of the Army's foremost Food Service Advisors. Born in Pensacola, Florida he began his military career as an Enlisted Soldier in 1965, serving his first tour of duty as a Combat Infantryman and later as a Cook with Company C, 1st Battalion, 503rd Airborne Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade (Separate), Bien Hoa, Vietnam. He rose to the rank of Sergeant First Class before appointment as a Warrant Officer in 1977. CW5 Montgomery performed to the highest levels of food service and was widely recognized as one of the foremost Food Service Advisors in the Army. His assignments included the 36th Engineer Group (Combat Heavy), Fort Benning, Georgia and Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia; 1st Armored Division, Ansbach, Germany; US Army Natick Research and Development Laboratories, Natick, Massachusetts; 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Nurnberg, Germany; 1st Battalion,15th Field Artillery, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Stanley, Korea; 2nd, 325th Airborne Infantry Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He played a key role in the redesign of remote feeding sites using off-the-shelf commercial state of the art kitchen equipment. CW5 Montgomery was instrumental in the revitalization of the Quartermaster Warrant Officer Training with Industry Program and he assisted in the development and testing of two major subsystems of the Combat Field Fielding System (Mobile Kitchen Trailer and Supplemental Field Kitchen Kit).

As Quartermaster Personnel Management Officer during the Army drawdown in Europe, he developed a distribution plan to staff critical fills where jobs outnumbered assets. His last assignment was as the Combined Arms Support Command Senior Personnel Proponent Officer, where he played an important role in the Army Training Leadership Development Panel Study on Army Transformation challenges and its affect on warrant officers in all grades.

CW5 Montgomery’s military career spanned for more than 37 years. Since his retirement in 2003, he continued to be active and productive in the Quartermaster community serving as a member of the Board of Directors United States Warrant Officer Association Scholarship Foundation and the Association of Quartermasters. He is a Distinguished Member of the Quartermaster Regiment, a 2007 inductee into the Quartermaster Hall of Fame, and was inducted as an Honorary Alumnus-Office of the Quartermaster General by the 44th Quartermaster General in June 1998. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (w/5 Five Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (w/ four Oak Leaf Clusters), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, as well as the Saudi Arabia and Kuwait Liberation Medals. He also earned the Combat Infantryman Badge and Parachutist Badge.


Chief Warrant Officer Five James E. Revels

Chief Warrant Officer Five
James E. Revels, Deceased
Chief Warrant Officer of the Corps, Emeritus
May 2007 – May 2009

CW5 Revels entered the Army in 1958, serving twelve years as an Enlisted Soldier before being commissioned a Quartermaster Warrant Officer in August 1970. He served in the latter capacity until his retirement in April 1995 – for a total of 37 years of active duty service. CW5 Revels began his Warrant Career with the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam, an Airmobile Infantry Battalion involved in counter insurgency operations. During this assignment, he established the reputation of a mission oriented, extremely effective supply technician whose quiet methodical approach to each task characterized his outstanding performance. Throughout his long military career, CW5 Revels worked tirelessly to better the Army’s Supply Systems programs and the Soldiers who worked with them. Among his many key assignments were two tours with the U.S. Army Field Station in Augsburg, Germany, as Officer in Charge for the largest Direct Support Unit in Intelligence Command and as Senior Supply Administrator for a Brigade size Strategic Intelligence Communication Complex. CW5 Revel’s greatest contributions to the Quartermaster Corps occurred while he served as Commandant of the Quartermaster Supply School, Fort Jackson, South Carolina where he guided the training of more than 27K Quartermaster Soldiers – more than two-thirds of the Army’s MOS 76Y10 input. His final active duty assignment was as Chief, Warrant Officer Division, in the Logistics Training Department at the U.S. Army Quartermaster School, Fort Lee, where he significantly improved training for Warrant Officers at every level - ensuring the “Quiet Professionals” of the Quartermaster Corps are ready for the challenges of the 21st Century.


Chief Warrant Officer Five William C. Mullins

Chief Warrant Officer Five
William C. Mullins, Deceased
Chief Warrant Officer of the Corps, Emeritus
January 2004 – May 2007

Chief Warrant Officer Five William C. Mullins began his military career as an Enlisted Soldier in 1955 and rose to the rank of Sergeant First Class (P) before being commissioned a Warrant Officer in 1969. He served his first tour as a Warrant Officer One in Vietnam with an Air Defense Artillery Battery, then with the 14th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Europe, where his unit won best supply operation in V Corps for two years. As a CW2, CW5 Mullins oversaw logistical support for 25K Vietnam refugees while supporting 20K Reserve Component personnel for annual training.

During his first decade as a Warrant Officer, CW5 Mullins saved millions of supply dollars and became recognized as one of the foremost logistics Warrant Officers in the Army. Later, as Team Chief for the Department of the Army Warrant Officer Recruiting Team, CW5 Mullins led a successful campaign to fill the critical shortage of technical Warrant Officers that had plagued the Army for years. As a Senior Warrant Officer, CW5 Mullins directed the much-acclaimed Total Warrant Officer Study; helped integrate Officer and Warrant Officer programs for all schools associated with logistics; and performed many military occupational specialties studies, improving coding and classification and much more. In recognition of his accomplishments, CW5 Mullins was recalled to active duty after his 30-year retirement.

CW5 Mullins' brilliant career saw 41 years of service, spanning five decades. A Distinguished Member of the Quartermaster Regiment and Order of Saint Martin Awardee, he has often been described by superior officers as "simply the best." In a most recent contribution, CW5 Mullins directed the Total Warrant Officer Study and developed a highly acclaimed 30-year Management Plan for Army Warrant Officers.


Chief Warrant Officer Five John Zimmerman

Chief Warrant Officer Five
John Zimmerman, Deceased
Chief Warrant Officer of the Corps, Emeritus
May 2003 – January 2004

CW5 Zimmerman began his military career as an Enlisted Soldier at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, in 1960. Following his discharge in 1963, he served with the Georgia Army National Guard until he was recalled to active duty as a Supply Warrant Officer in August 1967. He continued to serve in that capacity until his retirement three decades later, in September 1997. In addition to the many technical assignments that Mr. Zimmerman performed throughout his career, he has served with distinction as: The single subject matter expert and project officer who designed, developed and implemented the Army’s Standard Property Book System. The first Chief Warrant Officer of the Quartermaster Regiment. The Quartermaster Proponent representative to the Department of the Army total Warrant Officer Study. A senior member of the first Department of the Army worldwide warrant officer recruiting team. The Senior Combat Service Support Warrant Officer Personnel Proponent Officer at the U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command. And Chief Evaluator for the Army Chief of Staff’s Supply Excellence Award Program.

CW5 Zimmerman’s manifold skills and accomplishments are widely recognized throughout the Army, and he has played a singular role in helping to ensure the high caliber of warrant officers serving in the Quartermaster Corps today. Since his retirement in 1997 CW5 Zimmerman was a highly active and productive member of the Quartermaster Foundation serving on its Board of Directors. He was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Quartermaster Regiment in 1997. He also had served as the Quartermaster Corps' Honorary Regimental Chief Warrant Officer from May 2003 until his death on 23 January 2004; he was buried on 31 March 2004 at Arlington National Cemetery. Among other decorations, is authorized the Legion of Merit (with One Oak Leaf Cluster), the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with One Oak Leaf Cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (with Three Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with Two Oak Leaf Clusters) the Army Achievement Medal (with One Oak Leaf Cluster), the Air Force Achievement Medal and numerous campaign and service medals.


Chief Warrant Officer Four Michael Z. Smith

Chief Warrant Officer Four
Michael Z. Smith, Retired
Chief Warrant Officer of the Corps, Emeritus
May 1987 – May 2003

Chief Warrant Officer Four Michael Z. Smith began his military career as an enlisted Infantry-soldier at Fort Bragg, NC, in November 1966. He transferred to the Quartermaster Corps in 1971 and was commissioned a warrant officer in 1976.

CW4 Smith has held a variety of significant staff positions in his career, including Chief Quartermaster School representative on the US Army Strategic Logistics Agency to define functional logistics requirements; Chief, Materiel Control Training Division, Supply Department, Fort Lee, VA; Subject Matter Expert with the Department of State, Washington, DC, on the automated and manual supply systems; and Assistant Branch Chief and Instructor Writer Direct Support Unit Standard Supply System (DS4) with the Material Control Training Division, Fort Lee, VA. He also served as Assistant Branch Chief and Instructor/Writer for DS4; Advisor to The Quartermaster General, designed and implemented the Supply Excellence Award Program; Supply Management Division, Fort Lee, VA, served as course coordinator and Direct Support Unit/DS4 instructor; Class IX (repair parts) Supply Management Officer, 3d Division Materiel Management Center, 3d Infantry Division; Brigade Property Book Officer with the 2d Training Brigade, USA Training Center, Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Battery Commander for five months and the Battalion S4 and the Property Book Officer for 2d Battalion, 5th Field Artillery, 42d Field Artillery Group, V Corps.

Since his retirement from active duty in 1991, CW4 Smith has continued to contribute to the logistics community as civilian Director for Research and Studies, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Logistics).


Chief Warrant Officer Four Stephen N. Chobanian

Chief Warrant Officer Four
Stephen N. Chobanian, Deceased
Chief Warrant Officer of the Corps, Emeritus
November 1989 – May 1997

CW4 Stephen N. Chobanian enlisted in the US Army in 1953 and was commissioned as a Warrant Officer in 1961. He earned a reputation as one of the premiere trainers of Quartermasters worldwide during his more than 20 years of active duty service. He continued his role as a principal educator and leader to the Quartermaster Corps with his numerous accomplishments as a civil servant. CW4 Chobanian was a major contributor to the development and adoption of significant improvements to the Army supply system, promoting efficiency, enhancing troop support and standardizing supply accountability. He has been recognized as a Total Army supply management educator, training thousands of supply technicians and managers throughout the US Army and the international military community. His excellence has earned him an unprecedented four awards of "Quartermaster School Distinguished Instructor."

With education and professional development holding the key to future logistics, he is considered a mentor for a whole generation of Quartermaster soldiers. In recognition of his decades of service and devotion to the Corps, he was appointed the first Honorary Warrant Officer of the Quartermaster Corps.


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