Bill has had an interesting and varied career. Originally from Cornwall, Ontario, he joined the Air Force in 1977 under the Regular Officer Training Program (ROTP). Graduating from the Royal Military College in 1982, he underwent basic navigation training in Winnipeg and then proceeded onto CP-140 Auroras, serving on 407 Maritime Patrol and 404 Maritime Patrol and Training Squadrons. Posted to Royal Roads Military College in 1990 as a Squadron Commander, he was promoted the next year and assumed military training and administrative duties for the College.
In 1993, he completed his Masters Degree at the University of Victoria and was selected to recreate the position of Air Force Historian at 1 Canadian Air Division (1 CAD) Headquarters for which he earned a Chief of the Air Staff Commendation. After Staff College in 1998, he filled a series of staff appointments at NDHQ culminating in working on Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) for the Air Force.
In 1999, his work in promoting Aviation History in Canada was recognized when he was presented with the Fred Hatch Award. Posted overseas in 2003, he worked as the principal Desk Officer for the NATO Response Force activities of the Land Component Command HQ, Heidelberg, Germany, for which he earned a Commanding General's commendation.
Returning to Canada in 2006, he served as the Concepts and Doctrine Development expert for UAVs and Space at the Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre (CFAWC) in Trenton, Ontario. In 2008 he was give the additional task of serving as the Academic Liaison Officer and appointed as the Senior Editor of the Canadian Air Force Journal. To make the most of his spare time, in September 2006, he commenced studies towards a PhD in War Studies at the Royal Military College.
Bill has taught distance learning undergraduate courses and regularly gives presentations at conferences and to organizations about aviation past and present.
- "Different Shades of Blue: Interwar Air Power Doctrine Development. Part 1: Air Power, Doctrine and the Anglo-American Approach" in Canadian Air Force Journal, Volume 2, No. 1, Winter 2009.
- "Different Shades of Blue: Interwar Air Power Doctrine Development, Part 2: Germany and Japan" in Canadian Air Force Journal, Volume 2, No. 2, Spring 2009.
- "A Canadian Departure: The Evolution of HMCS Royal Roads, 1942-1948" in A Nation's Navy. Toronto: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1996. Edited by Michael L. Hadley, Rob Huebert and Fred W. Crickard.
- "North to Alaska: The RCAF and the Aleutian Campaign", in Roundel, Volume 2, No. 5, February 1995.
- "RCAF Women's Division", in Roundel, Volume 1, No. 3, October 1993.
- 404 Squadron History. Winnipeg: Craig Kelman and Associates, 1991.