FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- A new leader took over as the fifth chief warrant officer of the Aviation Branch during an honor eagle ceremony at the U.S. Army Aviation Museum Aug. 24.

CW5 Michael Reese, of Copperas Cove, Texas, brings with him more than two decades of Army experience to help him in his position.

The AH-64 Apache pilot's last position was as brigade standardization pilot for 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2009 until earlier this year.

"This is a great day," said Brig. Gen. Anthony G. Crutchfield, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker commanding general. "I'm excited for the Reese (Family), I'm excited for the Branch and I'm excited for Fort Rucker. Mike is the right person to have at the right time."

He praised the new leader he handpicked for the job.

"Mike, you are the muscle of our Branch. You make it happen and we are lucky to have you here," Crutchfield said. "Mike knows how to build successful teams and take care of our most precious asset: our Soldiers."

Reese said he and his wife, Melinda, are excited to be here and they are ready for the task at hand.

"I'm flattered and humbled (to be here). I'm going to serve the Aviation Branch and the warrant officer corps," he said. "I intend to be in tune with our needs to make Fort Rucker better."

Reese replaces CW5 Jeffrey Reichard, who served here for two years. Reichard moved last week to work in the Deputy G-3/5/7 office at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.