Chief Warrant Officer W.J. Crabb, CD
Regimental Sergeant Major, 2010-2013
Chief Warrant Officer Bill Crabb was born in Summerside Prince Edward Island and enrolled in the Regular Force in 1983. Upon completion of his basic crewman training, he was posted to the Royal Canadian Armour School in Gagetown, New Brunswick where he was employed as a driver. He was posted in 1985 to C Sqn the Royal Canadian Dragoons, also in Gagetown, where he served as a Leopard driver and gunner. While with the Sqn he deployed on his first overseas mission to the Golan Heights in occupied Syria to serve as the Contingent Commanders driver.
In July 1988, CWO Crabb was posted to the 8th Canadian Hussars at CFB Lahr West Germany. He remained in Germany for five years, where he served as a Leopard gunner, loader, and Crew Commander. In July 1993, he was promoted to Sgt and was posted to Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) in Calgary. A year later, he deployed with the Regiment to Bosnia as a Patrol Commander with B Sqn. CWO Crabb again deployed to Bosnia in 1997 with the Regiment as a Troop WO in Recce Sqn.
In 1998 he was posted to South Alberta Light Horse where he served as the Regular Service Support WO for two years. His final deployment to Bosnia was with the 2 PPCLI Battle Group in 2000 again as a Recce Sqn Troop WO. In 2002 CWO Crabb deployed to Kandahar Afghanistan as the Recce Sqn Ops WO with the 3 PPCLI Battle Group. In 2003 he was posted back to the Armour School as a crew commanding instructor.
As SSM A Sqn, CWO Crabb deployed back to Kandahar in Feb 2007 with the 2 RCR Battle Group, and he assumed the duties of HQ Sqn SSM on his return to Canada. CWO Crabb was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General in March 2008 for his performance in Afghanistan. Prior to assuming the responsibilities of RSM LdSH(RC), CWO Crabb served in Ottawa as the Crewman Career Manager.