When I first joined Patrol Squadron Four (VP-4), the rank of chief warrant officer suggested little more to me than a pair of collar devices sporting a peculiar set of colors. Shortly thereafter, I found myself sitting in the wardroom next to one of this odd lot. I couldn’t help but betray my ignorance by interrogating him: “How did you get here?” Within a few minutes, my curiosity had been outweighed by awe at this “flying warrant” who had more experience on top of a submarine than any fellow officer in the wardroom, including the skipper. A year later, as the squadron’s readiness officer, he directly influenced the performance and built the résumé that would earn VP-4 the coveted Battle E.
Nobody Asked Me, But. . . - Maritime Patrol Needs Flying Warrants and Super JOs
By Lieutenant Doug Marsh, U.S. Navy