WARRANT OFFICER HISTORICAL FOUNDATION

(formerly Warrant Officers Heritage Foundation)

A Non-Profit 501 (c) (3) Public Charity

Preserving Army Warrant Officer History

Founded May 29, 2003


 

Franklin D. "Frank" Meeks

Chief Warrant Officer U.S. Army Retired

Director and Web Editor

 

 

CW5 Franklin D. Meeks entered the Army Reserve on August 23, 1965, at the age of eighteen and began his 41 years 5 months and 8 days of military career in the 398th Engineer Company, Greenville, North Carolina. CW5 Meeks entered basic training on November 1, 1965 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and completed his Advanced Individual Training at Fort Belvoir, Virginia on April 1, 1966. CW5 Meeks retied on February 1, 2007 with 23 years 4 months and 10 days of active duty

CW5 Meeks held various positions up through Motor Sergeant, attaining the rank of SSG. Based on experience and knowledge, on July 30, 1974, he was appointed Warrant Officer One (WO1), as an Engineer Repair Technician for the 398th Supply Company. CW5 Meeks served as the Property Book Officer of the 398th Supply Company from December 1974 until August 1979. In 1977, CW5 Meeks was assigned to the unit Automotive Repair Technician position. While serving in the Automotive Repair Technician position from 1977 until 1983, he received an additional Military Occupation Skill of Automotive Repair Technician.

 

In April 1983, CW5 Meeks transferred to Headquarters, 362nd Quartermaster Battalion, Kinston, North Carolina as a Unit Supply Technician in the S-4 Section. In 1983 after transferring to the 362nd Quartermaster Battalion, CW5 Meeks was the primary logistician in reactivation of the 362nd QM BN. The 362nd Quartermaster Battalion was deactivated in 1959 at Ft Deposit, AL. Based on his experience while serving for 5 years as the Property Book Officer for the 398th Supply Company, in 1983 CW5 Meeks was award the Military Occupation Skill as a Unit Supply Technician

 

After serving 20 years in the Army Reserve Troop Program units, CW5 Meeks entered the Active Guard Reserve (AGR) Program on June 3, 1985 as a Unit Supply Technician for Headquarters, 362nd Quartermaster Battalion in Kinston, North Carolina. During this assignment, he was the primary person for organizing personnel and equipment to support the 82nd Airborne Corps and 24th Infantry Division in three Display Determination (1985, 1987 and 1989) ODT exercises. He also served as the BN S-4 and supported two Southwest Asia cleanup exercises in 1987 and 1989. In 1988, he worked in the Vulcan Night exercise at Camp Blanding, FL, where he was in charge of the night shift for the exercise. CW5 Meeks activated five units while assigned to the 362nd Quartermaster Battalion S-4 section. He was recognized widely as the expert on Supply Operation, Property Accountability, Dining Facility Operation and Maintenance Management Operations throughout the nine units under the Command and Control of the Battalion HQ. CW5 Meeks was the only fulltime BN S-4 support during his tenure at the 362nd QM BN. He assumed the duties and responsibilities of the Battalion S-4 officer numerous times during his assignment to the 362nd.

 

CW5 Meeks transferred to the Army Reserve Readiness Training Center (ARRTC) at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin on September 17, 1990 as the Assistant Branch Chief for the Logistics Branch. He also served as a Course Team Leader and Instructor Officer at the ARRTC. While assigned at the ARRTC, he completed the Master Instructor Course. He orchestrated the development of three new courses to fill a void in the Reserve Logistics proficiency. CW5 Meeks and his team developed a two-week Automated Property Book Course, which received accreditation from the Quartermaster School and Center at Ft Lee, Virginia. The Quartermaster School and Center approved the award of the ASI of G3 upon the successful completion of the two-week course. During his tenure at the ARRTC, CW5 Meeks had the opportunity to assist in the instruction of over 8,000 Army Reserve soldiers in Hazard Material training, Safety, Maintenance Management, Unit Supply Operations, Property Book Accountability, and Facility Manager Responsibility. In 1997, 1998, and 1999, he served on the Chief of Staff Army evaluation team for the Supply Excellence Award for the Army Reserves.

 

On July 6, 1998, CW5 Meeks was transferred to Fort Lee, Virginia and was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer Five. CW5 Meeks is assigned to USACASCOM and is assisting in the development of the Global Combat Support System – Army (GCSS-Army). CW5 Meeks serves as the Deputy Branch Chief of the Tactical Enterprise System Support Branch (TLESSB) a new concept of Logistical System Development. CW5 Meeks also serves as the Deputy Team Chief for the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Team responsible for the blueprinting, development and implementation of the Army’s up and coming global accounting system, through the use of ERP initiative, driven by Systems Applications and Product (SAP). Because he is viewed as one of the premier experts in Supply Operations and Maintenance Operations within the Army Reserve, he was requested by name to fill the position on the TLESS Branch. He serves as a Subject Matter Expert for Logistics related subjects. He is responsible for the revolution of Military Logistics through seamless, integrated, modular, and interactive information management and operations system at all levels of supply and maintenance in support of Force XXI and the Army After Next. CW5 Meeks serves as a field user’s representative for defining, gathering, validating, and prioritizing requirements for the Global Combat Support System – Army (Field/Tactical). He provides coordination with the Module developer for the Life Cycle Management ensuring legacy requirements are captured and incorporates critical enhancements including system development, testing, and acquisition. Currently, CW5 Meeks is serving as the USAR advisor for Logistics subjects relating to supply and maintenance for the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution. He also serves as the Team Leader for the GCSS-Army Property Book Unit Supply Enhanced (PBUSE) system replacing the Standard Property Book System - Redesign (SPBS-R) and Unit Level Logistics System - S4 (ULLS-S4).

 

In 1997, 1998 and 1999, he served on the Chief of Staff Army evaluation team for the Supply Excellence Award. In these and every other action, CW5 Meeks epitomized selfless attention to detail for the Total Army.

 

CW5 Meeks is a lifetime member of the Reserve Officers Association (ROA), the United States Army Warrant Officers Association (USAWOA) and the Quartermaster Association. He is also a member of the Military Officers Association of the Army.

 

CW5 Meeks served on the Reserve Officers Association (ROA) Readiness Chapter 43 EXCOM for one year, one year as Vice-President and two years as the Chapter President. He served as Vice-Chairman of the Warrant Officers Committee of the ROA National from 1996-1997. From February 1997 to January 1998, CW5 Meeks served as the Chairman of the Warrant Officers Committee of the ROA National. Since 1998, he has served as the Vice Chairman of the Warrant Officers Committee of the ROA National. In January 2005, he assumed the Chairman of the Warrant Officers Committee of the ROA National.

 

CW5 Meeks started the United States Army Warrant Officers Association (USAWOA) chapter at Fort McCoy and served as the charter President of the Fort McCoy Chapter for two years from October 1992 to September 1994. CW5 Meeks served as the Fund Raising Chairman of the Fort McCoy Chapter from 1992-1998. CW5 Meeks served 4 years as the Mid-Northern Regional Director of the USAWOA and two plus years as the National Vice-President of the USAWOA from July 1998 to October 2000. In October 2000, CW5 Meeks was elected National President of the USAWOA and reelected as National President again in 2002. His second term as National President was completed in October 2004. CW5 Meeks served on the Board of Directors of the Scholarship Foundation from 2004-2006. From 2006 until present, CW5 Meeks has served as the USAWOA Assistant Webmaster and is responsible for the USAWOA Interactive Portal.

 

CW5 Meeks was awarded the Sword and Pen Award in 1993, 1994, 1995, 2003, 2004, and 2005 from the Reserve Officers Association (ROA). He was the recipient of the ROA Department of Wisconsin Brigade of Volunteers award in 1993. In addition, CW5 Meeks volunteered at the Family Resource Center, La Crosse, WI from 1990-1998. In 1994, he was named Fort McCoy Volunteer of the Year and in 1996 Warrant Officer of the Year for the United States Army Warrant Officers Association. CW5 (Ret) Meeks was also awarded the Eagle Rising Society upon his induction into the U.S. Army Warrant Officers Career College Order of the Eagle Rising Society sponsored by the Military Officers Association of America.

CW5 Meeks has been serving on the Warrant Officer Historical Foundation Board of Directors and as Web Editor since 2006.

 

Chief Meeks has been married to his wife, Gail, for thirty-nine years.


Updated 7/28/2014