Exceptional leaders set pace
June 15, 2011
FORT LEE, Va. - As the sun rose over the logistics memorial in front of the Combined Arms Support Command headquarters here June 14, the Quartermaster Corps said farewell to Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jack C. Van Zanten and welcomed Chief Warrant Officer 5 Wade H. Lovorn III, as the newest quartermaster regimental chief warrant officer.
The warrant officer code states, “Always set an example in conduct, appearance and performance that will make others proud to know and work with them.” These words were also used to describe both of the aforementioned leaders during the change of responsibility ceremony.
“Today, we said farewell to one stalwart leader and welcome another American family to the quartermaster team,” said Brig. Gen. Gwen Bingham, 51st Quartermaster General. “Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jack Van Zanten, along with his wife and daughter, have been an integral part of the quartermaster family for the past four years, serving in two critical and highly visible positions: Army Food Service Advisor and Regimental Chief Warrant Officer.”
Bingham went on to say that Van Zanten is known throughout the Army as an exceptional leader who always leads from the front. His successor, Lovorn, has a similar reputation. He comes to CASCOM from the Combined Arms Center, where he was responsible for the review and development of emerging concepts that were instrumental in leader development.
“I know I have big shoes to fill and I’m humbled and honored to be selected for this position,” said Lovorn. “Our warrant officers provide unique skills and fill a vital role in the corps, as Soldiers, leaders, officers and technicians.
“I pledge to dedicate myself to ensuring the quartermaster warrant officers remain ready and relevant to meet the mission in every operating environment, now and in the future,” continued Lovorn.
Van Zanten leaves to assume duties in Germany as the U.S. Army Europe food advisor.