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Chief Warrant Officer Bill Richards was born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick and enrolled in the Canadian Forces in March 1984. Upon completion of his basic crewman training, he was posted to the 8th Canadian Hussars in Petawawa, Ontario. In July 1985, Chief Warrant Officer Richards was posted to The Royal Canadian Dragoons in Lahr, Germany where he remained for the next two years serving as a driver of a Leopard Tank.
In July 1987, Chief Warrant Officer Richards was posted to the Royal Canadian Armour Corps School in Oromocto, New Brunswick. Being promoted Master Corporal in the fall of 1989 allowed his return to the 8th Canadian Hussars in Lahr, Germany in July 1990 for his second overseas tour of duty. During this time, he was employed as a tank crew commander as well as the Second in Command of the Boeselager team (a German Reconnaissance competition). He remained overseas until the base closure in 1993 at which time he was posted back to the Royal Canadian Dragoons in Petawawa.
Promoted Sergeant in 1994, he went to Bosnia as part of UNPROFOR as a patrol commander and was also part of the detainment by the Serb army. He was promoted to Warrant Officer in 1996, attended a year long year long language course in Petawawa in August 2000 and was posted to Trenton in 2002 to the Joint Nuclear Biological Chemical Defence Company as the Company Quartermaster.
Chief Warrant Officer Richards was posted back to the Royal Canadian Dragoons in 2004 and was the Regimental Operations Warrant Officer. Promoted to Master Warrant Officer in 2006, he was the Recce Squadron Sergeant Major and deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan with 2RCR Battle Group in February 2007, returning in August. Upon returning, he was the Technical Quarter Master Sergeant for the Regiment. In March 2008, Chief Warrant Officer Richards was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his leadership.
A posting to Ottawa in July 2008 saw him take on the position of Land Staff Headquarters Sergeant Major where he has remained until present. Chief Warrant Officer Richards was promoted to his present rank in February 2010. He has been married to Veletia Richards for 22 years and they are blessed with two daughters - Malika and Madalyn.
Biography of CWO William (Bill) Richards, MMM, MSM, CD
45th RSM of the RCD