Warrant Officer Candidate one of top graduates at Rucker

Story by Capt. Stephen Martin, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs

Warrant Officer 1 Andrew Waggoner crosses the finish line during the Warrant Officer Candidate's 10K run in Fort Rucker, Ala., Dec. 2011. (photo submitted)

(to see the story on WO1 Mark Cerrie, click  HERE)

FORT RUCKER, Ala. — Warrant Officer 1 Andrew Waggoner graduated with Mark Cerrie on Dec. 14 as the newest officers in the Kentucky National Guard.

“Waggoner was a standout Soldier and that’s what we want for the Warrant Officer program,” said Chief Warrant Officer 5 Steve Knight, senior aviation standardization officer for the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade. “Andrew is going to make a great Warrant Officer because he has that internal drive and motivation to succeed. It’s vital that we continue to find these high quality troops to fill our critical Warrant Officer Positions. Soldiers that are a ‘cut above’ the rest…”

Waggoner graduated on the Commandant’s List as one of the top performers in his class.

Warrant Officer 1 Andrew Waggoner participates in a flag detail ceremony at Warrant Officer Candidate School in Fort Rucker, Ala. Dec. 2011. (Photo submitted).

“I am very excited about my future as an Army Warrant Officer and Aviator, I feel that the experience will be both challenging and rewarding,” said Waggoner.  “I am grateful for my wife Christina and daughter Olivia for the support that they have shown me during the times I’ve been away. My passion is to serve my country and I am grateful for the opportunities that the Kentucky Army National Guard has provided for me and my family.”

Waggoner, currently stationed at Fort Rucker, Ala. attending flight school, lives in Lexington, Ky., and is expecting a second child in February.

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