New state command chief warrant officer to fill warrant vacancies

New state command chief warrant officer to fill warrant vacancies

Command Chief Warrant Officer 5 Daniel Toporek receives the general staff insignia from Brig. Gen. William Hall, land component commander for the Arizona Army National Guard, during a change of responsibilities ceremony held in the Allen Readiness Center here Aug 3. Toporek is the fourth Command Chief Warrant Officer for Arizona. (National Guard photo by Sgt. Lauren Twigg)

PHOENIX – The Arizona National Guard welcomed its new state command chief warrant officer at a change of responsibilities ceremony here Aug 3.

 

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Daniel Toporek took the reigns as top warrant officer in the state from Chief Warrant Officer 5 John Vitt, as hundreds of Guard members, along with numerous friends and family, looked on.

 

Toporek, a native of Phoenix, began his military career in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. In 1990 he applied and was selected for the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Flight Training program. The following year, he was appointed the rank of warrant officer 1 and went on to pilot the AH-64A Apache helicopter.

 

“I look forward to Chief Toporek’s leadership and his ability to influence beyond the chain of command,” said Brig. Gen. William Hall, land component commander for the Arizona Army National Guard. “I know that he is up to the task of increasing the effectiveness of the warrant officer program.”

 

Toporek deployed to Afghanistan in 2006-2008 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 1-285th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion.

 

While leading an impressive career that has taken him to the Pentagon, and now the top office in the state for a warrant officer, Toporek counts his time in the skies of Afghanistan as his greatest military achievement.

“There were times over there where there were good guys on the ground and bad guys on the ground,” he said. “My greatest achievement has always been keeping those good guys safe.”

 

For the new command chief warrant officer, filling the ranks of the Arizona Guard’s warrant officer vacancies is one of his top priorities.

 

 “I want to ensure that commanders understand the value of warrant officers in the state,” said Toporek.

 

 “Warrant officers are usually off working hard, doing their jobs, but they tend to be quiet about it,” he said. “I want to be their voice to show the great work that they do and the important roles they play.”

 

As Toporek takes over the position Vitt has held for five years, he admits that he has some big shoes to fill.

 

“It’s a pretty daunting challenge,” said Toporek. “He’s an icon. Things are good, but they can always be better and I’m going to work as hard as I can to make that happen.”

Toporek resides in Phoenix with his wife, Ana, and daughter, Lillith. His son, Jesse, lives in Tuscon; his son, Jose, lives in San Diego; and his daughter, Mayra, lives in Washington, D.C.