Calley succeeds Puckett as VaARNG senior warrant officer
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RICHMOND, Va. - Chief Warrant Officer 5 John D. Calley takes responsibility as the Virginia Army National Guard’s Command Chief Warrant Officer from Chief Warrant Officer 5 Joseph W. Puckett Aug. 5, 2022, at the Virginia National Guard Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. Brig. Gen. K. Weedon Gallagher, the VNG Land Component Commander, presided over the change of responsibility ceremony and the officer saber exchange signifying the transfer of responsibility from Puckett to Calley. Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Smith Jr., the VaARNG State Command Sergeant Major, served as the keeper of the saber during the ceremony. Puckett retires with more than 5,200 total flight hours including more than 300 hours of imminent danger and combat time, and photos from his final Black Hawk flight are on Flickr at


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