CWO Doug Harry

Chief Warrant Officer Douglas Allan Harry was born in New Liskeard Ontario on October 4th 1961 and grew up in a small Ontario Hydro hydroelectric power station community called the Upper Notch located on the Ontario Quebec border. In 1969 CWO Harry’s father was reassigned to Buchannan Transformer Station in London Ontario where CWO Harry and his family resided in the town of Dorchester. CWO Harry attended River Heights elementary school in Dorchester followed by Lord Dorchester Secondary School and worked as the neighbourhood paper boy. In 1976 CWO Harry and his family moved to a farm just outside of Dorchester in a little town of Putnam Ontario but continued to go to High school in Dorchester. While in High school CWO Harry enjoyed playing numerous sports including basketball, rugby and archery and was involved in cubs and scouts for some 7 yrs and held many jobs including working on the family farm, picking tobacco (11yrs) and construction work. After completing High School CWO Harry attended Mohawk College in Hamilton Ontario where he was enrolled in the electronics technology program and held a part time job as a security guard at Westinghouse steam turbine plant. After a year on his own CWO Harry continued his studies in the electronics technology program at Fanshawe College in London Ontario while residing at home and working part time for Wilco electronics until his graduation in 1984.

On 13th November 1984 CWO Harry was on a plane s to Canadian Forces base (CFB) Cornwallis Nova Scotia for commencement of basic recruit training. In February 1985 CWO Harry was sent to CFB Kingston Ontario to attend Performance Orientated Electronics Training (POET) block 1. In May 1985 CWO Harry was sent to Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering (CFSATE) at CFB Borden Ontario for block 2 of his POET course. In June 1985 CWO Harry was again sent to CFB Kingston Ontario for Block 3 of his POET course where he graduated in the top of his class. In Aug 1985 CWO Harry commenced his Communication RADAR Systems (CRS) Trade course at CFSATE CFB Borden where he again finished in the top of his class. Upon graduation in July 1986 CWO Harry was posted to 14 Wing Base Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Organization (BAMEO) at CFB Greenwood Nova Scotia. CWO Harry was employed on AMO (Air Maintenance Organization) B crew, working on CP140 Aurora anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft in first line maintenance and servicing as a CRS tech with a speciality in ASW acoustics. In June 1987 CWO Harry was promoted to “private trained” and shortly after received commendation for achieving TOP ATAT (Air Trade Advancement Training) achieving the highest mark in the Canadian Air force on the national Trade Qualification four Board exam. In June 1988 CWO Harry again received commendation for achieving TOP ATAT after achieving the highest mark in the Canadian Air force on the national Trade Qualification five Board exam. In August 1988 CWO Harry was accelerated promoted to the rank of Corporal achieving Journey man status. In June 1992 CWO harry was promoted to the rank of Master Corporal and in Aug 1992 was posted to 404 Maritime Patrol and Training Squadron in Greenwood Nova Scotia to instruct Tactical and anti-submarine warfare systems. In June 1999 CWO Harry was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and posted to 14 Air Maintenance Squadron in Greenwood Nova Scotia in charge of Team 10 conducting CP140 Aurora 1st line maintenance and servicing. In Jan 2000 CWO Harry was sent on loan to Maritime Proving and Evaluation Unit (MP&EU) in Greenwood as the Senior Tech. During his time at MP&EU he conducted test and evaluation on the CP140 Aurora as an Electromagnetic interference and Compatibility Technician (EMI/EMC) along with prototype evaluation. In Mar 2001 CWO Harry was posted to Helicopter Operational Test Evaluation Facility (HOTEF) at CFB Shearwater in Dartmouth Nova Scotia conducting (EMI/EMC) testing along with prototype evaluation. During his first year in Shearwater he worked and trained at 12 Air Maintenance Squadron in Shearwater on the CH124 Sea king Helicopter. After completing his tour as an EMI/EMC Senior Tech at HOTEF CWO Harry was promoted to Warrant Officer in June 2003. In July 2003 CWO Harry was posted to 423 Squadron in Shearwater as the Port Watch Crew Chief in charge of 1st line maintenance and servicing on the CH124 Sea King Helicopter. In July 2004 CWO Harry was posted back to Maritime Proving and Evaluation Unit (MP&EU) in Greenwood as the EMI/EMC prototype project team lead during the CP140 Aurora Block 3 upgrades. In July 2006 CWO Harry was promoted to the rank of Master Warrant officer and posted back to 14 Air Maintenance Squadron in Greenwood in charge of Avionics labs. In July 2008 CWO Harry was assigned as the Detachment Sgt Major (ROTO 7) to the CU161 Sperwer Unmanned Aerial reconnaissance Vehicle (UAV) detachment. In Dec 2008 following the cancellation of the Sperwer UAV CWO Harry was sent over to Kandahar Afghanistan as the Sgt Major of the very first Canadian Heron UAV detachment (ROTO 7) which was on lease from Israel conducting aerial surveillance and counter Improvised explosive device (IED) detection and surveillance in support of coalition forces. In Sept 2009 CWO Harry was posted back to Canada to 404 Maritime Patrol and Training Squadron in Greenwood N.S. as the Master Warrant officer in charge of standards. In Dec 2009 CWO Harry assumed the position as the acting Squadron Chief Warrant Officer at 404 Squadron and in July 2010 was promoted to his present rank of Chief Warrant. In July 2010 CWO Harry was posted to 1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters (1 CAD) in Winnipeg Manitoba as the Avionics trade, Senior Occupation Advisor (SOA) for the Royal Canadian Air force. In July 2014 CWO Harry was posted to 435 Transport Search and Rescue Squadron in Winnipeg as the Squadron Chief Warrant Officer. In Sept 2016 CWO Harry was posted to 1 CAD A4 Maintenance as the Air Maintenance Superintendent (AMSUP) Senior Occupational Advisor. In July 2017 CWO Harry was posted to 1 CAD Flight Safety as the Maintenance Subject matter Expert (SME) and Aircraft Accident Investigator until his retirement on Aug 31 2020.

CWO Harry is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations including Canadian Forces Decoration medal 2nd Bar CD2 for close to 36 yrs of service to Canada. Special Service Medal for NATO maritime anti-submarine warfare operations during the cold war. South West Asia Service Medal for operations in theater. The General Campaign Star (two tours) for operations in Kandahar Afghanistan. Chief of Defence staff commendation for “Steadfast professionalism and unwavering dedication which was instrumental in providing enhanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities to coalition troops in Afghanistan”. Queens Diamond Jubilee in recognition for dedicated service to Canada and significant contributions to the community “highlighted by his efforts in standing up the first Heron UAV Squadron in Afghanistan as the Detachment Sgt Major”. CWO Doug Harry and his wife Cindy currently reside in Winnipeg Manitoba and have 9 children and 12 grandchildren between them. CWO Harry is a member of the local legion, Manitoba Veterans and the Royal Canadian Airforce Association.

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