MEDIA RELEASE June 21, 2019
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COLUMBIA, S.C. – U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Van McCarty, the adjutant general for South Carolina, announced the next State Command Chief Warrant Officer (CCWO) for South Carolina, June 19, 2019. U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 Raymond Evans, a current resident of Cayce, South Carolina, will assume the role as the CCWO from U.S. Army
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Kent Puffenbarger.
As the CCWO, Evans will serve as the personal advisor to the adjutant general and other senior leaders for the South Carolina National Guard for all warrant officer related issues, concerns, and career management. “It is a position that comes with great responsibility, and I have confidence in Evans’ ability to serve in this role,” said McCarty.
Evans will be officially recognized during a ceremony at a later date, to be announced, where the South Carolina National Guard will also honor the service of Puffenbarger as he transitions from the position. Evans will transition from the 228th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade where he serves as the senior network operations technician, as well as the CCWO for the brigade, and the Signal Warrant Officer branch manager for the South Carolina National Guard. He enlisted in 1986 and commissioned as a warrant officer from the Warrant Officer Candidate School at Fort Rucker, Alabama, December 1996.
He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Information Technology Management from Tourou University International, 2005 and 2010, respectively. He has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003-2004, Operation Enduring Freedom, 2011-2012, and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, 2016-2017.