Navy has achieved a significant first in the Middle East region following the appointment of a senior sailor to the post of Command Warrant Officer for Joint Task Force 633.
Warrant Officer Gary Wight is the first Navy member to hold the position and succeeds Air Force Warrant Officer Scott Brown into the key role.
Both Warrant Officers are the first of their service to hold what had previously been an Army Regimental Sergeant Major role at the headquarters which commands multiple air, land and sea operations across the region.
Command Warrant Officer Gary Wight said the appointment was both an honour and a challenge.
“There’s a lot of history of Australian involvement in the Middle East stretching back to the First World War and it isn’t lost on me,” he said.
“All of us here have a responsibility to maintain the standards set by those who came before us.
“Like my predecessors, I will support my command team by keeping them well informed, and just as equally I will support everyone in the Middle East region.
“I need to be a voice for them, try and give them good information and make sure their concerns are heard by our leadership.”
Warrant Officer Brown said relinquishing the position left him with mixed emotions.
“A big part of me is looking forward to going home, but I also feel a sense of loss,” he said.
“It’s been the most professionally rewarding role I have undertaken in my career.
“It’s been a privilege working as part of the command team, and to work with so many professional people across the Middle East region and Afghanistan.
“I wish the best of luck to the new Command Warrant Officer Gary Wight.”