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Command Chief Warrant Officer, SCARNG

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ray Evans serves as the South Carolina National Guard state command

Chief Warrant Officer (CCWO), effective July 2019.

Evans enlisted into the 383rd Maintenance Detachment in 1986 as a 29S field communications security equipment repairer. After achieving the rank of staff sergeant, he attended Warrant Officer Candidate School at Fort Rucker, Alabama and was appointed as a warrant officer 1, Dec 20, 1996.

After appointment as a warrant officer, Evans was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), 151st Signal Battalion where he served as the Tactical Automated Network Technician, Network Management Technician, and Signal Systems Technician. Evans deployed to five Bright Start ODT missions and served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2003-2004, providing tactical communications to the Baghdad area of responsibility. In March of 2007, he transferred to the South Carolina National Guard, Joint Force Headquarters in the position of LAN Manager. In 2010, he transferred to HHC, 228thTheater Tactical Signal Brigade and served as the Senior Signal Technician where he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2011-2012, and again deployed during Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in 2016-2017 serving as the deputy director for the Joint Network Operations Control Center – Afghanistan. Evans most recently served with the 228th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade as the Senior Network Operations Technician, CCWO for the Brigade, and as the Signal warrant officer branch manager for the South Carolina National Guard.


Evans earned a Bachelor’s of Information Technology Management Degree from Tourou University International in 2005, and a Master’s of Information Technology Management from Tourou University International in 2010. He is the Distinguished Honor graduate of the Warrant Officer Basic Course (1997), a graduate of the Warrant Officer Advanced Course (2005), the Warrant Officer Staff Course (2008), the Warrant Officer Senior Staff course (2013) and Warrant Officer Signal Follow-on Course (2014). Additionally, Evans holds several certifications within the information technology field.


Evans’ military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with 2 OLCs, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 3 OLCs, Army Achievement Medal with 3 OLCs, Army Reserve Component Achievement with 8 OLCs, National Defense Service Medal with 2 OLCs, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal with 1 OLC, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hourglass, M Device and Bronze Numeral 2, NCO Professional Development Medal, Army Service Medal, Army Overseas Service Medal with Bronze Numeral 2,NATO Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Combat Action Badge.


CW5 Evans resides in Cayce, South Carolina with his wife, Melissa. They have one daughter, Taylor, who resides in Taylors, South Carolina

(current as of July 12, 2019)