CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER RICHARD (RICK) P. DAY, CD1
Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Day enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1979. Upon completion of his Military Police QL3 course he was posted to Canadian Forces Base Borden, ON, and employed as a patrolman, criminal and drug investigator. In 1984, upon completion of French language training, he was posted to the National Defence Headquarters' (NDHQ) Administrative Unit Military Police section, Ottawa, ON, and employed as a patrol shift second-in-command. He was later appointed to the unit training section and took on the responsibility for small arms training for all personnel at NDHQ and for training the Base Defence Force in their security role. In 1988 he was posted to the Military Police Squadron in Goose Bay, Labrador, during which time he received a commendation for his professional handling of native protestors who were intent on disrupting low-flying operations. He was promoted to Sergeant shortly thereafter and employed as both a shift commander and as the Non-Commissioned Officer-in-charge of Criminal Investigations. In July 1992 CWO Day was posted to 1 Military Police Platoon Calgary where he was employed as a patrol Shift Commander and as Acting Warrant Officer-in-charge of Police Operations. A year later, he was assigned to the 1st Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) Battalion as the senior Military Police advisor, where he had the opportunity to hone his field skills and participate in several deployments/exercises, including the Winnipeg Red River flood event in the spring of 1997.
Promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer in July 1997, he was posted to the Military Security Guard Unit at the Canadian Embassy in Algeria. As the Detachment Commander, he and his Military Police Security Guards were responsible for the safe movement (Close Escort) and personal safety of the Canadian Ambassador and diplomats, as well as the security of the Canadian Embassy-a challenging task given the civil strife and threats of terrorism that plagued the country during this timeframe. For his services, CWO Day received the Minister of Foreign Affairs Certificate of Merit. In August 1999 he was posted back to the Canadian Forces Support Unit at NDHQ, Ottawa, where he supervised Police Operations, the Security Section and was later appointed Acting Company Sergeant Major (CSM). In 2002 he was promoted to Master Warrant Officer and posted to 8 Wing Trenton Military Police Squadron where he performed the duties of the Squadron MWO, Deputy Provost Marshal and A3 Operations Chief Warrant Officer. In July 2007 CWO Day was promoted to his present rank and was appointed to the position of 1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters Force Protection and Provost Marshal CWO and the A3 Air Force Protection and Readiness CWO. In June 2009 CWO Day was appointed to his present position as the Military Police Branch CWO.
Chief Warrant Officer Day has completed operational tours in Namibia, Serbia/Croatia, Algeria, Theatre Support Element Camp Mirage, and Afghanistan. He and his spouse, Sharon, have one son, Ryan.