12 Wing Chief Warrant Officer

Chief Warrant Officer David Hepditch

Chief Warrant Officer David Hepditch

Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Hepditch began his military career in 1991. After recruit training, he attended the Naval Operations (Ops) School in Esquimalt, BC. Upon completion of the Naval Combat Information Operator (NCI Op) Qualification Level 3 (QL 3) course he was posted to Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Halifax.

After five years in the Navy and countless trips across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, he was remustered to the Engineers as a Structures Technician (which was later renamed to Construction Technician). Upon finishing the Contstruction Technician QL 3 course in Chilliwack, BC, he was posted to CFB Cold Lake as a member of the Construction Engineer (CE) section. 

During his eight year tenure in Cold Lake, CWO Hepditch was deployed to the Balkans as part of 41 Aerospace Engineering Facility (AEF) in 1999, completed his QL5 construction technician course in 2000, was deployed to Canadian Forces Station (CFS) Alert in 2001, completed his QL 6A’s in 2003 and was deployed again, this time to the Golan Heights in 2004 as a Sergeant (Sgt). Upon return from Overseas he was posted to 1 Combat Engineer Regiment (CER) in Edmonton for 2 years. During his time at 1 CER, he was employed as the Ops and Training Sgt, and then Troop Warrant Officer (WO).

In 2007, he was promoted to Warrant Officer and posted to CFB Moncton as part of the Engineer Support Unit. He was then posted into the position of Regimental Ops WO.

He completed his QL 6B construction superintendent course in April 2008 and then deployed, in September 2008, with the Construction Management Organisation (CMO) in Afghanistan, as CMO Ops WO.  He returned from Afghanistan in May 2009 and was employed as the Drafting and Surveying (D&S) Supervisor, and was appointed to Senior Trade Advisor for the D&S trade. In January 2010 he deployed to Haiti, where he was employed with the DART Engineers. In June 2010 CWO Hepditch was on the move again, this time to 5 Wing Goose Bay in Labrador, where he was appointed as 5 Wing Master Warrant Officer (MWO). 

After 3 years in Labrador, CWO Hepditch was offered a yearlong French course prepositioned in Nova Scotia with the hopes of a posting to BCE in Halifax. Finishing the course 5 months early CWO Hepditch was posted into the Unit CWO position at Base Construction Engineering. 

He was invested into the Order of Military Merit in October of 2015. He deployed again from May 2016 to March 2017 as the Joint Task Force Iraq CWO, and has been selected as the next 12 Wing CWO.