Stoops takes charge as Kentucky's newest command chief warrant officer

Jan. 31, 2014 | By kentuckyguard
Photos by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="576"]140131-Z-GN092-132 Warrant Officer Victor Blair delivers officer's sword to complete the change of responsibility ceremony at the State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., in which Chief Warrant Officer Dean Stoops succeeded Chief Warrant Officer James Simms as Kentucky's command chief warrant officer Jan. 31, 2014. The sword symbolizes the authority of commissioned officers, including warrant officers in the ranks of the military. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Chief Warrant Officer Dean Stoops became Kentucky's fifth command chief warrant officer during a change of responsibility ceremony at the State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Jan. 31, 2014.

Stoops takes over for the outgoing command chief warrant officer, Chief Warrant Officer James Simms who is retiring after more than 40 years in uniform.

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[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="576"]140131-Z-GN092-137 Chief Warrant Officer James Simms is awarded the Legion of Merit by Kentucky Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini following a change of responsibility ceremony in Frankfort, Ky., Jan. 31, 2014. Simms retired after more than 40 years in uniform for the Kentucky Guard and served three years as the state's command chief warrant officer. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond) [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="576"]140131-Z-GN092-124 Chief Warrant Officer Dean Stoops shares a moment with his father, retired Army Lt. Col. Dick Stoops and son, Air Force Capt. Brian Stoops after a change of responsibility ceremony in Frankfort, Ky., Jan. 31, 2014. The three generations of Service members have continued a long tradition of military service in the family Stoops said. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond)

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