Chief Warrant Officer W.J. Hall, MMM, CD, RCAF Command Chief Warrant Officer
Raised in Port Elgin, ON, CWO Hall enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces on 6 Feb 1987. Upon completion of Basic Training at Canadian Forces Base Cornwallis, he attended POET (Basic Electronics Training) and Radio Technician Qualification Level (QL) 3 training at Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics, Kingston. Upon graduating, he was posted to Canadian Forces Station (CFS) Aldergrove, BC as a Transmitter Site Technician. Following successful completion of his QL5 course in 1991 he was promoted to Corporal. After completing a tour at CFS Alert in 1994 as the Transmit Site Technician, CWO Hall was posted to 708 Communications Squadron, 8 Wing Trenton where he was quickly deployed back to CFS Alert for another 6 month tour, this time as the Antenna and Telephone Technician.
When the 200 Series trades were reorganized in 1995, he was assigned to the Aerospace Telecommunications and Information Systems trade, which included a switch from the tan Distinctive Environmental Uniforms of the Army to RCAF blue. The year 1999 saw CWO Hall deployed to OP Palladium, Stabilization Force Headquarters in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, as an Integrated Digital Network Exchange (IDNX) technician. Promotion to Master Corporal in 2001 included a posting to Wing Telecommunications and Information Services (WTIS) at 19 Wing Comox where he served as a Network Technician until 2004, when he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and moved to the role of the Network Services Supervisor. 8 Wing Trenton welcomed CWO Hall back in 2005, this time to Aerospace and Telecommunications Engineering Support Squadron (ATESS) where, as the Deployable Network Supervisor, he led the team which designed and built deployable Defence Wide Area Network and Classified computer networks for the RCAF. Promoted to Warrant Officer (WO) in 2008, he assumed the role of Standards WO at ATESS Command and Control Information Systems Flight. July 2009, he received a posting to Director Aerospace Equipment Program Management (Radar and Communications Systems) in Ottawa as the Air Force Command and Control Information System Life Cycle Materiel Manager, a job he held until 2011 when he was promoted to Master Warrant Officer and posted as Project Manager to the Canadian Forces Network Operation Center at CFS Leitrim. 4 Wing Cold Lake became home in 2012 as the Squadron WO of 4 WTIS and then, in 2014, he returned to the National Capital Region to attend Second Language Training in Gatineau, QC.
In Feb 2015, CWO Hall was invested into the Order of Military Merit and, in July 2015, he was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer and posted to 19 Wing Comox as the Wing Operations Branch Chief Warrant Officer. In 2016, he was chosen to be RCAF Air Task Force CWO at Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. He was appointed Wing Chief Warrant Officer at 15 Wing Moose Jaw in 2017, a role he held until April 2019, when he was selected as Division CWO at 2 Canadian Air Division in Winnipeg. CWO Hall was appointed to his current position as the 6th Command CWO of the Royal Canadian Air Force on 10 June 2021.