Fort Jackson NCO Club. Chief Warrant Officer Five, retired, Coral Jones was the keynote speaker at the Carolina Chapter Breakfast held as part of AG Week. Marittsa Flowers, President of the Carolina Chapter, said that she was privileged to introduce the guest speaker and lauded her many contributions to the Corps as well as highlighting some key tributes from colleagues of Jones, past and present.
CW5(ret) Jones started by conveying her acknowledgment that the most recent issue of 1775 is dedicated to the AG NCO and celebrated the work and professionalism of the NCO Corps. However, she abruptly threw in, to the laughter and delight of the crowd, she was of course going to focus on the great contributions of the Warrant Officer. Among the many points she delivered she mentioned that the Warrant Officer Corps celebrates its centennial anniversary this year and gave great examples of the expertise and dedication of the Warrant Officers and the overall impact the Corps has had on both the Adjutant General’s Corps and the United States Army.
She highlighted firsts in AG history including the first AG Warrant assigned to the Congressional Liaison Office, the first in a Training with Industry Program, and the first to receive the professional HR certification in a deployed theater, among other notable firsts. She then asked the group to consider “What is our purpose?” She explained that one should not mistake what you are for versus what you do. She said, “Many answer the question, “what is your purpose?” with their job duties and what they do. Those are not the same.” She went on to say that the AG Corps and the AG Warrants in particular are called to be a link and a focal point for their organizations. That they should strive to be the technical experts.
She added great humor and some irreverence which was captured on a Live Facebook feed in her short address to a distinguished group that included members of the Carolina Chapter, the National Executive Council, and inductees to the 2018 Hall of Fame and Distinguished Members of the Corps all gathering as part of the AG week festivities. In addition to her address, several Soldiers, past and present were presented with AG Regimental Awards including the Horatio Gates Gold, Bronze and Honorary Medals, and the Colonel Robert Manning Achievement Medal during the breakfast.