CW4 Ronald L. Baird Jr. was appointed as the 5th Command Chief Warrant Officer (CCWO) of the Indiana National Guard (INNG) by Brigadier General R. Dale Lyles in May 2020. As the CCWO, he serves as the Senior Warrant Officer Advisor to The Adjutant General of the Indiana National Guard on all matters pertaining to policies, programs, and actions impacting the warrant officer cohort, including professional development, promotions, assignments, incentives, morale, discipline, performance, strength and recruiting programs. Prior to his appointment, CW4 Baird served as the G4 Senior Maintenance Officer for the 38th Infantry Division.
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, CW4 Baird earned his bachelor’s degree in General Studies, Technology Leadership and Management from Roger Williams University in 2011. He was a 2002 graduate of the Warrant Officer Candidate School, Fort Rucker, Alabama where he received his appointment. Additionally, in 2015 CW4 Baird earned a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification from the Indiana Army National Guard.
CW4 Baird began his career in the Indiana Army National Guard in 1987 as a mechanic in the 1-151 Infantry Battalion. He has held multiple command and staff positions throughout his 32 years of service, to include serving as the Battalion Maintenance Technician at Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 113th Brigade Support Battalion; S4, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 113th Brigade Support Battalion; Rear Detachment Commander, Company B, 113th Brigade Support Battalion; Senior Maintenance Technician, Headquarters Indiana National Guard J4; and Senior Maintenance Officer, 38th Infantry Division, G4. Additionally, since 2009 he helped train over a thousand Warrant Officer Candidates in leadership skills at the 138th Regional Training Institute’s Warrant Officer Candidate School as Commander and Instructor.
CW4 Baird has deployed as the Battalion Maintenance Technician, Headquarters, Headquarters Company 113th Brigade Support Battalion, 76th Infantry Brigade to Afghanistan and as the G4 Senior Maintenance Officer, 38th Infantry Division to Kuwait.
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(Biography current as of June 2018)
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