FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - The 8th Theater Sustainment Command officially welcomed Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ronald Panter as its newest command chief warrant officer during a change of responsibility ceremony January 29, 2018 at Fort Shafter's Hale Ikena.

Panter took over the position from CW5 Mark Parr, who held the position since May of 2017.

With the change of responsibility, Panter becomes just the fourth warrant officer in the 8th TSC to hold the position since 2014, and will be the senior leader for the command's warrant officers.

"While this event has many formalities surrounding the individuals themselves, the essential thing I hope that you take away is what an important role warrant officers play in our command and in our Army," said Maj. Gen. Susan A. Davidson, commanding general of the 8th TSC. "These leaders provide guidance, mentorship and experience to commanders, peers and subordinates alike across forty-four MOSs ranging from engineers to CID to mobility."

The command chief warrant officer of the 8th TSC serves as the senior warrant officer. He/she is the commanding general's principle assistant and advisor on all matters concerning warrant officers and their families.

The CCWO is also responsible for advising the commanding general on all matters pertinent to warrant officer training, professional development, morale, accessions, retention and other areas impacting readiness.

While a bittersweet moment for Parr, he said he looks forward to his future endeavors and wishes the best for CW5 Panter as he takes on a tough, but rewarding position.

"I truly believe that this position exists to ensure warrant officers have a voice within the command," said Parr. "I don't know what the future holds for the Pacific, but I'm sure that with CW5 Ron Panter, you're in good hands. The job is right, the guys is right and the time is right."

Chief warrant officer five is the highest rank a warrant officer can achieve. While most commands have the traditional commanding general and command sergeant major, the 8th TSC puts special emphasis on the critical roles warrant officers play.

With his new position, Panter will provide expert advice to the command group and staff as well as oversee the professional development of warrant officers with the command and the Pacific theater.

Prior to the position of CCWO, Panter served as the 8th TSC's support operations materiel management branch chief, a position slotted for a lieutenant colonel.

He said that he is excited to get take on his new role, and looks forward to working with the Soldiers of the 8th TSC. During his speech, he thanked the 8th TSC's leadership for selecting him as the next CCWO.

"Major General Davidson and Command Sergeant Major Garza, thank you for selecting me to be your next command chief warrant officer, senior assistant and advisor for all matters concerning warrant officers and their families," said Panter. "I am both humbled and honored to be a part of the command team."