COLUMBIA, S.C. - Chief Warrant Officer 4 Johnny Allen was selected as the 81st Regional Support Command Chief Warrant Officer on April 24, 2015.
Allen has served as a civilian in various positions at Area Maintenance Support Activity 152 in Montgomery from September 2000 until June 2009. He has been the Equipment Concentration Site Manager of ECS 151 at Fort Rucker since June 2009. He will now take on a uniformed role in the unit as well, serving as the senior representative of the Command's Warrant Officer Cohort for the 81st command group.
"I am the advisor to the Commanding General on all matters, policies and actions concerning the warrant officers in the command," said Allen. "Due to the structure of the 81st RSC, encompassing all the AMSA/ECS shops, I will also serve as the Senior Maintenance Advisor to the CG concerning any issues or problems the AMSA/ECS shops and personnel may have that need command level attention or assistance."
Allen's span of influence as the Command Chief Warrant Officer includes the 81st Wildcat staff which consists of over 1200 personnel to include Department of Army and Army Reserve Soldiers. The 81st RSC supports over 53,000 Army Reserve Soldiers and civilian in over 275 Army Reserve Facilities in North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky and Puerto Rico.
After 34 years of service in the Active Army and Army Reserve in various positions and assignments, Allen brings with him both experience and expertise in maintenance. His leadership as a warrant officer is another skill he will be required to rely on heavily.
"I have learned that if you are in a leadership position, take charge and be in charge," said Allen. "Accept the responsibility that goes with the position and take care of the Soldiers that are in your section. Make decisions. Whether they are popular or not, it is your job to make the decision and stand behind it. Do the right thing. Period."
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Allen currently resides in Coffee County, Alabama with his wife and youngest daughter. He also has two older sons and five grandchildren.