FORSCOM Hispanic warrant officer attains a first in his professional field
November 3, 2010
- The FORSCOM Food Service adviser, CW4 Princido Texidor of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, was promoted to CW5.
- The promotion made Texidor the first Hispanic to achieve the rank of CW5 in the Army's Food Service branch.
- "I look forward to continuing to make sure things get done right, so Soldiers can do what they need to do," Texidor says.
- Warrant officers bring technical expertise and understanding of nuts and bolts that make things happen, says FORSCOM's Maj. Gen. Mason.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Nov. 3, 2010) -- Chief Warrant Officer Four (CW4) Princido Texidor, the U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Food Service advisor, was promoted today to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Five (CW5).
The promotion made Texidor the first Hispanic to achieve the rank of CW5 in the Army's Food Service branch. CW5 is the highest rank in the Warrant Officer Corps.
"It is very satisfying to receive this honor," he said, adding proudly, "Food Service is one of the most important jobs in the Army, and I look forward to continuing to make sure things get done right so Soldiers can do what they need to do."
Texidor's wife, Ixia H. Collazo Texidor, and his daughter, Army Capt. Catherine Michelle Martinez, pinned on his new rank.
Maj. Gen. Raymond V. Mason, FORSCOM's G4/Director of Logistics, presided over the promotion ceremony, which took place in the Hall of Heroes at the Soldier Support Center here.
"Throughout our great Army's history, warrant officers have brought the technical expertise and understood the nuts and bolts that make things happen day to day," Mason said. "And Chief Texidor has - and will still - continue that important, proud legacy."
CW5 Texidor is a native of Arecibo, Puerto Rico. He entered the United States Army in 1983 and was accessed into the Warrant Officer Corps in 1995. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland (Europe) with a Bachelor of Arts in management. He also completed a dual Masters of Art degree at Webster University in management and human resource management.
Texidor has served as the brigade food advisor with various units, including the 2nd Engineer Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Republic of Korea; 82nd Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division; Division Support Command, 82nd Airborne Division; and the 35th Signal Brigade, Ft, Bragg, NC. He also served as the division food advisor with the 2nd Infantry Division and the 82nd Airborne Division.
Texidor's military education includes the Food Service Advance Individual training, Food Service Management Course, Warrant Officer Candidate School, Warrant Officer Basic Course, Airborne School, Contracting Officers Representative Course, Warrant Officer Advance Course and the Warrant Officer Staff Course.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Good Conduct Medal with Roman numeral four, National Service Defense Medal, Southwest Asia Medal with two bronze stars, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon with Roman numeral three, NATO Medal, Kuwaiti Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Combat Action Badge, Parachute Badge and the German Parachute Badge.
Warrant officers possess a high degree of specialization in a particular field in contrast to the more general assignment pattern of other commissioned officers. Warrant officers must be technically and tactically focused and able to perform the primary duties of technical leader, advisor and commander. Through progressive levels of expertise in assignments, training and education, warrant officers perform these duties during all operations and at all levels of command. While their primary duties are those of a technical and tactical leader, warrant officers also provide training and leader development guidance, assistance and supervision. For more on Army warrant officers, go to http://usawocc.army.mil/whatiswo.htm.
U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM)(http://www.forscom.army.mil/) is the Army's largest command. It trains, mobilizes, deploys, sustains, transforms and reconstitutes conventional forces, providing relevant and ready land power to Combatant Commanders worldwide in defense of the Nation both at home and abroad.