Warrant Officer confuses unit by showing up for PT

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Members of the 470th Military Intelligence Brigade at Fort Sam Houston have expressed concern and confusion following an event early Thursday morning. A newly assigned warrant officer showed up for PT and worked out with the troops. Later that same day, the same warrant officer could be found working at his desk.

“I was pretty confused when I noticed him standing behind the formation,” said First Sgt. Michael Johnson, Headquarters Company First Sergeant. “He followed the commands and fell in with the rest of the unit for PT.”

The enlisted soldiers weren’t the only ones to take notice of this strange behavior; several other warrants also assigned to the 470th MI BDE engaged with the soldier, Chief Warrant Officer-3 Jerry Mickhead, to express their concerns. By the end of the day, they had issued Mickhead a letter of reprimand for "Continuously showing up to work, each and every day, and for showing up to morning formations." The letter was entered into his official record and will remain there until he can go into his file and remove it at his leisure.

"It's strange to go looking for Chief and find him at his desk,” said Sergeant Taylor Lewis, a military intelligence analyst who works with Mickhead. “He's usually working, and often looks busy. He even stopped what he was doing one time and showed me how to knock out some good Army training before helping me finish my task for the day.”

“That's when I knew something was wrong."

When Mickhead was asked for comment at his desk after 1600, he shrugged and said he needed to get back to work. Shortly after he was contacted, Mickhead was taken in for study at the Warrant Officer Candidate School at Fort Rucker, AL, where he once again showed up for formation and did PT with his unit the following day.