DVIDS – News – America’s First Corps introduces command chief warrant officer position

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – First Corps has expanded its leadership team with the addition of a chief warrant officer (CCWO), enhancing warrant officer mentoring, recruiting, education and staffing throughout the Corps and its subordinate units.

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Thomas F. Oroho, a seasoned officer with extensive experience in aviation maintenance and leadership, has been named the first Chief Warrant Officer of I Corps. Born in Newfoundland, New Jersey, Oroho graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in medical technology and joined the United States Naval Reserves as a corpsman in 1987. He transferred to the Army in 1994 and entered the Warrant Officer Flight Training Program at Fort Rucker.

Oroho has served in various key positions, including posts at Fort Bragg, Republic of Korea, Fort Drum, Schofield Barracks, Fort Belvoir, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord. His deployments include SFOR-Bosnia (1997), Operation Enduring Freedom (2003-2004), Operation Iraqi Freedom (2006-2007, 2009-2010), and Operation Resolute Support (2017). His notable awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Soldier’s Medal, Bronze Star with two oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Master Aviator Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.

In his new role, Oroho will ensure that all assigned warrant officers understand and follow the priorities, direction, and intent of the I Corps commander. His leadership will be critical in building a strong and cohesive warrant officer community in the Corps.

The use of warrant officers is well established in Army special operations and air units, where they play a key role in the chain of command. These officers provide specialized knowledge, continuity, and mentorship, complementing the command team and ensuring seamless integration of warrant officer capabilities. The addition of the CCWO to I Corps brings the same benefits, increasing the Corps’ operational effectiveness and leadership capacity.

“I am honored to be selected as the first staff officer of I Corps,” Oroho said. “With my extensive assignments in the Indo-Pacific region, I look forward to continuing my career with America’s First Corps.”

Oroho is married to Kathy Fabian of Wilmington, Delaware. They have been married for 27 years and have three children: Molly, Sara and Evan.

“The addition of the command chief warrant officer role to I Corps underscores our commitment to excellence and leadership. Chief Warrant Officer 5 Oroho brings a wealth of experience and dedication to this role, ensuring that our warrant officers are well-supervised, well-trained, and aligned with the vision of the I Corps commander,” said Lieutenant General Xavier T. Brunson, commanding general of I Corps. “His appointment strengthens our ability to maintain the highest standards of readiness and professionalism throughout I Corps. His expertise will drive the technical excellence of our warrant officer cohort and introduce new ways of solving problems throughout our formation.”

The introduction of this role coincides with the Army Warrant Officer Corps’ birthday celebration on July 9. This year marks the 106th anniversary of the Warrant Officer Corps, underscoring the enduring importance and vital contribution Warrant Officers make to the Army’s mission.

Date of execution: 07/09/2024
Date published: 07/09/2024 14:37
Story ID: 475756

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