Indiana National Guard selects new state Command Chief Warrant Officer

By 2nd Lt. Oliver Wenck | Jan. 8, 2020


The Adjutant General of Indiana, Brig. Gen. R. Dale Lyles is pleased to announce the selection of a Scottsburg, Indiana resident as the new state Command Chief Warrant Officer.


Upon his redeployment from Kuwait, Indiana National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ronald L. Baird will succeed Chief Warrant Officer 5 Christopher R. Jennings, who will continue his service in the Indiana National Guard in a traditional status.


The Command Chief Warrant Officer serves as the state’s senior warrant officer and advisor to the adjutant general.


“I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve as the Command Chief Warrant Officer for the Indiana National Guard” said Baird. “I would like to thank Brig. Gen. Lyles for his confidence and trust in me to serve as his Senior Warrant Officer Advisor. As I return from my current assignment with the 38th Infantry Division in Kuwait, I look forward to continuing to uphold the fine traditions, and build the ranks and strength of, the warrant office cohort in Indiana.”


Chief Warrant Officer Baird, an ordnance warrant officer, has served in the military for approximately 32 years, working full-time as a military technician for surface maintenance for the past 23 years. Baird deployed to Afghanistan in 2004 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom serving with the 113th Brigade Support Battalion as the battalion maintenance officer.


“CW4 Baird is a strong leader within our Warrant Officer cohort and is known for going above and beyond his assigned duties,” said Lyles. “His actions throughout his career have earned him the respect of leaders at all levels across our organization. I have total confidence that his ability to lead and exemplary problem solving skills will make him a welcome addition to the Indiana National Guard Command Team.”


Baird earned a bachelor’s degree in technology leadership and management from Roger Williams University in 2011. He is a recipient of the Army Lean Six Sigma Excellence Award in June 2015.


Since 2009, Baird has helped train over 1,000 warrant officer candidates in leadership skills at Indiana’s Regional Training Institute serving as the commander and as an instructor for the Warrant Officer Candidate School.


Baird currently sits on three Warrant Officer Advisory Councils.


Jennings, a combat veteran, has served in the military for approximately 38 years. He joined the Indiana National Guard in 1986 and became a warrant officer after serving in the U.S. Army and Indiana National Guard as an enlisted soldier for seven years. Jennings, a Detroit native, deployed to Kuwait in 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom serving with the 38th Sustainment Brigade as the petroleum supply officer in charge. Jennings has served as the Indiana National Guard Command Chief Warrant Officer since 2016.