5 Wing Chief Warrant Officer

Master Warrant Officer Dave McDowell

Master Warrant Officer Dave McDowell

MWO Dave McDowell grew up in Pictou, Nova Scotia and joined the Reserves in 1988. He served five years as a member of the 1st Nova Scotia Highlanders where he completed a six week tour in Germany in 1990 and a tour with the 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry as member of United Nations Protection Force in 1993.

On return from tour in the Former Yugoslavia, he accepted the offer into the Regular Forces as a member of 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, where he completed a tour in Bosnia in 1997 as part of NATO, tasked to train the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in Infantry Tactics to enable their deployment overseas. Upon return from the NATO mission, he was deployed to Quebec in 1998 in assistance to the Province of Quebec during the 1998 Ice Storms.

MWO McDowell accepted a voluntary occupational transfer to Aircraft Avionics Technician in Apr 1998. Upon completion of Avionics training he was posted to 14 Air Maintenance Sqn in Greenwood N.S. in May 1999. He was promoted to the rank of MCpl in 2006 earning the coveted Gravel Award during his Primary Leadership Qualification course. Received CO’s Commendation for work concerning the BLK II Aurora Maintenance Implementation. He was promoted to rank of Sgt in 2009 and posted to 404 Squadron as Lead Instructor. He was then promoted to the rank of WO in 2012 and posted to Director General Aerospace Engineering and Program Management as the CP-140 Avionics Specialist. After 3 years in Ottawa was posted to 12 Wing Shearwater to complete Second Language Training in June 2015 and was promoted to the rank of MWO in December 2015. Following his Second Language Training he was posted to 444 Combat Support Sqn as the Squadron Warrant Officer in Sept 2016. 

MWO McDowell is a recipient of the Commander in Chief’s Commendation, awarded to the 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry for their work in the Medak Pocket and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee for his dedication to sports in his community.