Command Sergeant Major
Chief Warrant Officer Paul Francis
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Chief Warrant Officer (CWO-OR9) Paul Francis, joined the Canadian Forces in June 1984.
CWO Francis was posted to Calgary, Alberta, with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry following his basic infantry training. During his career has had the privilage to have served in all three battalions of the Regiment.
Chief Warrant Officer Francis’ various appointments during his extensive service with the Regiment include: Mortar Group Commander; Platoon Warrant Officer; Recconaissance Platoon Warrant Officer; Battle Group Operations Warrant Officer, and Rifle Company Sergeant-Major.
Chief Warrant Officer Francis’ extra regimental appointments include a tour of duty at the Combat Training Centre Infantry School as an instructor, Quarter Master Senior Instructor at the Division Training Centre, and employment at National Defence Headquarters as the Regimental Career Manager. He also completed a year long second language course in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Chief Warrant Officer Francis has deployed on multiple overseas operations to include Cyprus in 1991 as a Section Second in Command, Croatia in 1994 as a Section Commander as part of the UN Protection Force - Yugoslavia, Bosnia in 2000 as Mortar Group Commander under the NATO Stabilization Force, Afghanistan in 2002 as a Platoon Second in Command on Operation APOLLO in support of the U.S. Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, and again to Afghanistan as the Task Force 1-08 Battle Group Operation Warrant Officer.
CWO Francis was appointed as the RSM of the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in August 2013, working out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He served in this appointment until June 2016. In June 2016 he was appointed as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader for JFC HQ Brunssum.