WEST K.C. , MMM, MSM, CD
ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER
CWO Kevin West enrolled in the Naval Reserve’s in the summer of 1983 as a Naval Signalman.
In January of 1985 he transferred to the regular force as a Naval Signalman. CWO West sailed on the East coast in a number ships, including HMCS Huron, Gatineau and Preserver. Throughout his career as a Naval Signalman he sailed on numerous deployments, to include CARIBOPs, EASTLANTs and STANAVFORLANTs.
In 1990, he applied and was accepted for an occupational transfer to Airborne Electronic Sensor Operator (AES Op). Now Cpl West, he completed his training and was awarded his Wings in 1991. Upon receiving his wings he was posted to 415 MP Sqn in Greenwood. While on 415, he held various squadron held positions as a crewmember, crew lead, AES Op Training NCM and Sqn Operations NCM. In 1995 he was promoted to Sgt. Throughout this tour he was deployed on several operations including Op Sharp Guard in support of the United Nation sanctions in Bosnia. He was posted to the Maritime Proving and Evaluation Unit (MPEU) in 1996, as a Project Officer. Promoted to WO in 1998 he was then posted to 405 MP Sqn as the AES Op Standards Officer where he served until February of 2000.
In February of 2000, he was posted 423 MH Sqn in Shearwater serving with the Helicopter Air Detachments of HMCS Iroquois and Preserver. In 2001, he was posted to 406 (M) OTS as the AES Op Training Officer.
In June of 2004 he was promoted to MWO and posted to 1 Canadian Air Division HQ in Winnipeg as the A3 Maritime AES Op. In June 2006 CWO West was promoted to his current rank and posted to Canadian Forces Air Navigation School (CFANS) in Winnipeg as the School CWO.
In June 2007, CWO West was appointed as the first NCM Commandant of the NCM Professional Development Centre in Saint Jean.
In July 2009, CWO West was posted to Trenton as the 8 Wing Chief Warrant Officer. In 2011, CWO West deployed as the Joint Task Force-Afghanistan Air Wing CWO for Roto 11. Upon return from Afghanistan he was posted to the RCAF Staff as a Project Manager. From July to September 2012, CWO West held the position of CFSU (O) CWO.
CWO West was appointed as the RCAF CWO in November 2012.