Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Alexander Russ, CD
CWO Russ joined the Canadian Forces at 763 Comm Regt (33 Sig Regt) on 28 Mar 1980 in Ottawa. He is the 3rd generation of his family to serve in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. He completed his SYEP in the summer of 1980. In the summer of 1981 he went to CFB Kingston to start his trades training and completed TQ1 Rad Op course. He continued to parade with the Regt until the end of August where he then transferred to 705 Comm Sqn which is now known as 31 Signals Regt in Hamilton.
Right after graduation from Sir John A. MacDonald S.S. in Hamilton, Ontario he began his first deployment in the Canadian Forces, which was in October of 1982. He served in the UN mission in Golan Heights at the age of 19. He returned in May of 1983. He was the youngest serving member at that time overseas. Later that year he received the promotion to Corporal. He continued with his trades training in Kingston and completed the TQ3 course. In the summer of 1985 he went on the CLC in CFB Wainwright and in the fall of 1985 was promoted to MCpl. In the summer of 1988, he returned to Kingston to do his 6A’s and again the following year to complete the SLC. In the fall of 1989 he was promoted to the rank of Sgt. In the spring of 1992 he completed the 6B course in Kingston and was promoted to WO in Dec of 1993.
During his years at the unit he has held many different positions including Radio Tp WO, Chief Comm OP, Training Tp WO, 31 CBG BSL Course WO ATCIS Op and 31 CBG Sigs LO. In May of 2007 he completed the ALQ in St Jean, Quebec, and on the 28th of February 2008, he was promoted MWO and assumed the duties of SSM of the unit. On the 31st of August 2010, 705 Comm Sqn changed its name to 31 Signals Regt. Standing up as a Regt, he assumed the position of RSM. In December of 2010 he completed the DL portion of the SLP and in April 2012 he completed the residential portion of SLP in St Jean, Quebec. On April 21, 2012, the day of the Freedom of the City Parade, he was promoted to the rank of CWO. He has also completed the Long Range Communication Terminal course in Kingston, ON.
During his time with the Canadian Forces he has experienced and participated in many exercises and courses. During some of the divisional exercises he had the honour to work with fellow reservists as well many fellow regular force members. Some of these exercises include RV85 and 87, MILCONs, Vigilant Guardians, and Stalwart Guardian. On May 15 2016, Chief Warrant Officer Russ stood down as 31 Signal Regiment RSM
On a personal note, he has been married for 25 years to his wife Anna, a former member of the unit. They have 3 daughters, Deanna, Cassandra and Sabrina. Cassandra is a serving member of 31 Signal Regt.