FORT BELVOIR, Va. – The U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) welcomes its fourth Command Chief Warrant Officer (CCWO) during a Change of Responsibility Ceremony at the Nolan Building, July 9.
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Kevin Boughton relinquished responsibility to Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jonathan Irby, with Maj. Gen. Gary Johnston, INSCOM commanding general, presiding over the ceremony.
Johnston thanked the attendees, including Soldiers, Army Civilians, contractors, and families of the honorees, both in-person and online via social media.
“It is critical to have technical expertise mixed with the command aspects of what we do on a day-to-day basis,” said Johnston. “The CCWO primary focus is advising the commanding general, headquarters staff, and all major subordinate commands on the technical aspect of intelligence and the career development of warrant officers.”
Johnston highlighted the many initiatives Boughton spearheaded and assisted through his tenure and reminded the audience that Boughton’s imprint will be evident to INSCOM for years to come.
Johnston also welcomed Irby to the team and mentioned that his previous assignments make him the perfect person for Boughton to pass the baton.
Irby, after recently serving as the senior technical advisor, Intelligence Capabilities and Requirements J-2, Special Operations Command, humbly accepted his new role and thanked his family and leadership for allowing him the opportunity to serve the women and men of INSCOM.
“I am excited to join the leadership team here at the headquarters and support these Soldiers in everything they do,” said Irby. “I’m grateful for this opportunity, and I look forward to working with the INSCOM team and family as we organize, train, equip and employ our intelligence capabilities around the world in support of our Army and our nation’s security.”
Irby said he is committed to continuing the legacy of his predecessors as the Army transforms towards Multi-Domain Operations (MDO).
As Boughton departs the command after serving four years as INSCOM’s CCWO, he reflected on his INSCOM experience.
“These past four years have been an amazing journey,” said Boughton. “And like the travels of many early explorers, we did not always know where that journey would take us. At times it has been an extremely tough and frustrating journey that tested our resiliency and required us to bear down and endure extreme physical and emotional hardship in order to take the next steps."
Boughton added that through the good times and the bad, the INSCOM team endured as a family.
“It has been an honor to be a member of this organization and to be a witness to the collective and individual excellence, professionalism, passion, and dedication to our nation’s security,” Boughton continued. "I have traveled the globe several times in this position, and I am in continual awe of the accomplishments of our Soldiers and Civilians. The scope and influence of this diverse workforce and the multi-discipline nature of this command continues to be truly impressive.”
Boughton’s new assignment is with the office of the Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2, at the Pentagon.