DVIDS – News – US Army Ranger leads the way as Pacific Islander Chemical Corps’ first Warrant Officer

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – An Army Ranger leads the way as the first Pacific Islander to serve as a U.S. Army Chemical Corps Chief Warrant Officer.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Robert V. Hocog, a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) expert, helps the U.S. military stay prepared to confront and defeat weapons of mass destruction against nearby adversaries .

Hocog is part of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordination Team 2 as part of the 20th CBRNE Command in Aberdeen, Maryland, the all-hazards headquarters of the U.S. military premier.

Soldiers and civilians from the 20th CBRNE Command combat the world’s most dangerous hazards in support of joint, interagency and allied operations.

WCTs deploy worldwide to support combatant commanders, supported commanders, and key federal agencies.

“The role of WCTs is to educate, advise and assist commanders in the integration and allocation of CBRNE resources within their formations,” Hocog said, adding that serving in WCT 2 allows him to educate and influence leaders from the tactical level to the strategic level. ordered.

A seasoned combat veteran, Hocog previously served as an Army Ranger and Chemical Corps Private with the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, where he deployed to Iraq four times and Afghanistan four times. He was selected as a Chemical Corps warrant officer in 2012.

The native of Salinas, Calif., maintains a family tradition of military service through his service in the United States Army. His family is originally from Guam.

“I joined the military to continue my family legacy of service to the country,” Hocog said. “I have an extensive family line in all services of the military. My father served proudly in the military. Currently I have a brother who serves in the air force and my youngest brother must complete basic army training in July 2022.”

Hocog said the pinnacle of his Army career so far was serving in the 75th Ranger Regiment and becoming the Pacific Islands’ first chemical warrant officer.

“(The climax) made my loved ones proud to become the family’s first military officer,” Hocog said. “Adding value to the enlisted and NCO cohort through servant leadership is important because it allows me to inspire those around me and those who will come after me. I strive to leave my mark on this great organization so that I can somehow improve it for future generations to come, like my younger brother.

His wife, Staff Sgt. Jamia S. Hocog, also serves in the 20th CBRNE G6 Command, and they have three children together, Kalani, Kavien and Keiawe.

Hocog previously served at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

“My favorite duty station was at Hunter Army Airfield with the 1st Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment. It was my favorite because I started my family, career and service there,” Hocog said, adding that he hopes the military will create housing for CBRNE NCOs in Special Operations Command. of the United States Army so that he could end his career where he began.

Date taken: 31.05.2022
Date posted: 31.05.2022 14:15
Story ID: 421866
Hometown: AGANA, GU
Hometown: SALINAS, CA, USA

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