Army Reserve Major Explains A New Initiative To Advance Careers For Younger Generation – Interview

Army Reserve Major Explains A New Initiative To Advance Careers For Younger Generation – Interview

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“It’s Your Time” Campaign from Army Reserve

The U.S. Army’s latest campaign “It’s Your Time” focuses on the rewarding opportunities for today’s youth to accelerate their personal and professional aspirations in the Army Reserve. The campaign appeals to motivated, capable youth of all backgrounds by highlighting the tangible ways Soldiers level up their skill sets with added benefits of Army Reserve training, tuition assistance, and work-life flexibility.

According to research,

young people have limited knowledge of the Army Reserve as a pathway to service – and those who are aware may not realize its importance to the force. The campaign aims to close the knowledge gap by showing today’s youth how the Army Reserve can help them reach their full potential and become something bigger than themselves.

The Army Reserve is distinct from other ways to serve because it allows Soldiers to enhance their civilian careers or pursue higher education while serving the country part-time. These Soldiers supplement the Army’s operational and strategic capabilities by providing units with in-demand skills across military intelligence, civil affairs, engineering, cyber, medical, legal, and aviation fields and beyond.

The “It’s Your Time” campaign illustrates the complementary civilian and military lifestyles

of Army Reserve Soldiers through four films depicting personality themes – Helper, Solver, Fixer, Connector – that align with the interests of today’s youth and opportunities in the Army Reserve. The films visually capture how this combination of experiences helps individuals realize their full potential.

Join me in a recent interview withChief Warrant Officer 5 Pat Nelligan as he outlined how Army Reserve is connecting with a new generation of prospective Soldiers.

Listen to the entire interview here:  Army Reserve It’s Your Time – Michigan Mama News – YouTube

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Chief Warrant Officer Five Patrick R. Nelligan

Chief Warrant Officer Five Pat Nelligan assumed responsibilities as the 8th U.S. Army Reserve Command Chief Warrant Officer (CCWO) on 31 May 2021. As the Army Reserve Command Chief Warrant Officer, CW5 Nelligan serves as the senior warrant officer advisor to the USARC CG, Headquarters staff, and subordinate elements, on all matters affecting talent management, professional development, and quality of life of Army Reserve warrant officers.

Prior to nomination as the USAR Command Chief Warrant Officer, CW5 Nelligan held several senior leadership positions including the Command Chief Warrant Officer at the Army Reserve Medical Command, United States Army Reserve from June 2018 to April 2021.

As the ARMEDCOM CCWO, CW5 Nelligan served as both the senior warrant officer advisor to the Commanding General of ARMEDCOM, and was responsible for all Army Reserve Warrant Officers within the Army Reserve Medical Command. Previous to this, CW5 Nelligan served as the 2nd Command Chief Warrant Officer of the 75th Innovations Command, United States Army Reserve from July 2015 to September 2018, Special Mission Warrant Officer Accessions Chief, ARCD from February 2015 to July 2015, 2nd Command Chief Warrant Officer of the 81st Regional Support Command (RSC) from March 2012 to February 2015, Supply and Service Officer (S4) for the 405th Combat Support Hospital from October 2010 to March 2012, Officer in Charge of the Northeast Region for the Strength Management Initiative Task Force and 1st Command Chief Warrant Officer of the 804th Medical Brigade from October 2008 to September 2010, and the 2nd Command Chief Warrant Officer of 94th Regional Readiness Command from 1 February 2006 until its deactivation on 30 September 2008.

CW5 Nelligan enlisted in the Army in March 1982, completing Basic Training and Field Artillery Cannon Crewman (OSUT) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He was assigned to the 3/35th Field Artillery (8” self-propelled) West Germany, where he served as an Advanced Party, Gun Driver, and Battery Commander’s Driver.

He left active duty in 1984 and joined the 340th General Hospital and was sent to the United States Army Medical Equipment and Optical School, Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center to become a medical equipment repairman from which he completed both the basic and advanced courses and was named honor graduate. He has served in Honduras and Guatemala providing medical equipment maintenance support to each respective taskforce. In June of 1990 he was appointed as a WO1, Health Services Maintenance Technician in July 1990 and was assigned to the 819th Station Hospital which converted to the 405th Combat Support Hospital in 1992. He was activated in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and deployed to Kuwait in 2002. His assignments included Property Book Officer, Supply and Services Officer, and Unit Logistician (Forward).

CW5 Nelligan has completed the Brigade Pre-Command Course, Warrant Officer Senior Staff Course, Warrant Officer Staff Course, Officer Advanced Course, Master Fitness Trainer Course, Medical Logistics Management Course, Medical X-Ray Survey Techniques Course, Health Services Maintenance Technician Course, US Customs Border Agent Course, and United States Department of Agriculture Food Inspector Training Course.

CW5 Nelligan’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster , Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with 4 Oak

Leaf Clusters, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with 9 Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal with 1 Bronze Star, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Gold Hourglass and with “M” Device, Noncommissioned Officer’s Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 2, , Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon with Numeral 2 , Driver Badge with Driver-W Bar..

CW5 Nelligan received an Associate Degree in Biomedical Equipment Maintenance, two Bachelor’s Degrees; one in Applied Behavioral Studies and the other in Liberal Studies, and a Masters in Business Administration with a Health Care Concentration. CW5 Nelligan resides in Bristol Connecticut with his wife Nancy. They have three adult children, daughter Darby, son Thomas (who is an SMP Minute Man Scholarship recipient and Army Reservist), and son Owen. CW5 Nelligan is also is employed by the Veterans Administration where he works as the Lead Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist (BESS) onsite at the Newington Connecticut campus.

Interview courtesy of:  U.S. Army Reserve


Cynthia Tait

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