Warrant Officer Historical Foundation

(fomerly Warrant Officers Heritage Foundation)

A 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Public Charity

Preserving Army Warrant Officer History

Founded May 29, 2003



Chief Warrant Officer 5, U. S. Army Retired

Corporate President, Director, and Co-Founder

Virginia Corporate Registered Agent



David P. Welsh was born on December 17, 1939 in Brookline, Massachusetts.  He entered the Army Reserve on 14 January 1957 as a Private E-1.  After completion of basic training and advanced infantry training, he reenlisted in the Regular Army on 11 September 1958.  After training at the Army Security Agency (ASA) School and Center at Fort Devens, MA, he served at ASA sites in Germany.  He was released from active duty and returned to the Army Reserve on 25 July 1961.  In 1964 he was employed as a dual-status Army Reserve Technician (ART) with Reserve status as a Personnel Sergeant.  He was discharged as a Staff Sergeant and appointed as an Army Reserve Warrant Officer (WO1) on 23 April 1965.  Mr. Welsh reentered active duty in June 1983 as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CW4) in the Active Guard-Reserve (AGR) program of the Army Reserve.  He was designated as a Master Warrant Officer (MW4) on 7 March 1991 and was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer 5 (CW5) on 11 June 1992.  He served on active duty in AGR assignments until his retirement.


Mr. Welsh entered the Army's retired rolls on 1 October 1998 with 41 years, 8 months, 17 days of service (21 years, 8 months,11 days service in the Army Reserve and 20 years, 6 days of active duty)


Warrant Officer assignments:

  • Army Reserve Warrant Officer Policy Integrator and Mobilization Analyst (AGR), Office of the Chief of the Army Reserve, Headquarters Department of the Army 1988 - 1998

  • Chief of the Administrative Office and General Officers Administrative Assistant (AGR), Office, Chief Army Reserve 1987 - 1988

  • Headquarters Commandant and Adjutant, Army Reserve Support Center, Arlington, VA (AGR) 1986 - 1987

  • Property Book Officer and Acting Supply Staff Officer (S-4) (AGR), 483d Engineer Battalion, Fort Rodman, New Bedford, MA, 1983 - 1986

  • Food Service Advisor, 329th Engineer Group, Brockton, MA (USAR) 1979 - 1983

  • Logistics Staff Officer (ADS), Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Headquarters Department of the Army 1982

  • Recruiting Area Commander, later Operations Officer, 94th Army Reserve Command, Hanscom Air Force Base, MA (ART & USAR) 1979 - 1982

  • Military Personnel Officer, later Real Property Officer, 399th Civil Affairs Group, Danbury, CT (ART & USAR) 1965 - 1979

ADS - Active Duty Support, support of active Army missions; AGR - Active Guard-Reserve on active duty in full-time support of the USAR; ART - Army Reserve Technician, dual status civil service position in full-time support of USAR; USAR - drilling reservist in the Army Reserve

Warrant Officer training:

  • Warrant Officer Senior Course February 1981

  • Master Warrant Officer Training Course, March 1991

Civilian education:

  • Lowell High School (MA) 1957

  • Lowell Technical Institute (MA) Certificate 1958

  • Hartford State Technical College (CT) Certificate in Firefighting Technology 1973

      Awards, Decorations and recognition:

  • Legion of Merit

  • Meritorious Service Medal

  • Army Commendation Medal (1st OLC)

  • Humanitarian Service Medal

  • Army Achievement Medal

  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal (2d Hourglass) (30 years)

  • Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (3d OLC)

  • National Defense Service Medal (1st BS)

  • Good Conduct Medal

  • Army Staff Identification Badge

  • Army Superior Unit Award

  • Lifetime Trustee Award U. S. Army Warrant Officers Association 

  • Major General Alexander Macomb Meritorious Achievement Award and Medal from the United States Army Adjutant General's Corps Regimental Association

  • Outstanding Public Information Officer, Civil Air Patrol-U. S. Air Force (2 Awards)

  • Outstanding Staff Officer, Connecticut Wing, Civil Air Patrol-U. S. Air Force

  • USAWOA Lifetime Trustee Award 1992 (then the highest USAWOA award)

  • Legionnaire of the Year, Chincoteague Post 159, The American Legion - 2009

  • The Honorable Order of the Eagle Rising Gold Award 2010, U.S. Army Warrant Officers Association, inducted January 21, 2011

  • Inducted into the Order of the Eagle Rising Society of the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Career College (sponsored by the Military Officers Association of America) for 2010 on July 20, 2011.

Published Material:

  • Lead Author of Army Regulation 300-1, The Army Food Service Program, Headquarters Department of the Army, 24 March 1986

  • Author of the initiative to appoint Warrant Officer Candidates to Warrant Officer (WO1) upon graduation from Warrant Officer Candidate School versus upon graduation from their Warrant Officer Basic Course (WOBC)  March 1991 - October 1992. 

  • Author of "WARRANT The Legacy of Leadership as a Warrant Officer", a Warrant Officer History Book that  includes a detailed Army Warrant Officer history, information about the Warrant Officer Programs of the the other Uniformed services, warrant officer biographies, and more. The book was released by Turner Publishing Company in December 2006.

  • Author of "WARRANT The Legacy of Leadership as a Warrant Officer - 90 Years of Technical Expertise in the Army" published in several military-related magazines. These included a full length feature article in the Summer 2008 ON POINT The Journal of Army History of the Army Historical Foundation. Shorter versions were published in "1775"  magazine of the Adjutant General's Corps Regimental Association; Army Aviation magazine of the Army Aviation Association of America; The Officer magazine of the Reserve Officers Association; and the NEWSLINER of the U.S. Army Warrant Officers Association.

  • Author of "92nd Birthday of the Army Warrant Officer" published in the USAWOA NEWSLINER; Engineer, the Professional Bulletin of Army Engineers, May-August 2010; and in the Spring 2011 Army Communicator of the U. S. Army Signal Center and School.

Participation in Community Service & Professional Military Associations:

  • Cadet Major, Regimental Adjutant, Army Junior ROTC, Lowell High School, MA 1956-1957

  • Senior Counselor, Northern Fairfield Country Chapter 876, later the Hat City Council 876, United Commercial Travelers of America (UCT), Danbury CT 1966-1972 - ran a weekly evening drop-in workshop for retarded adults, designated as a Past Senior Counselor in 1969 and again in 1972

  • Firefighter, Capt, & later Asst. Chief, Miry Brook Volunteer Fire Company, Danbury, CT 1968-1979

  • CWO, Lieutenant, & later Captain and Commander 399th Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol (Aux ofU. S. Air Force), Danbury, CT - responsible for Senior (adult), Aerospace Education (cadet), and Search & Rescue programs 1973-1978

  • Chairman of the Military Support Committee, Connecticut State Special Olympics, Newtown, CT 1976

  • Founder and first President, New England Chapter, U. S. Army Warrant Officers Association (USAWOA) 1983

  • USAWOA Assistant Vice President for Reserve Affairs 1987-1988

  • USAWOA National President for two terms 1988-1990 and 1990-1992

  • General Chairperson, 25th Anniversary USAWOA Annual Meeting of the Members 1995

  • USAWOA Capital Region Director (DC, MD, and VA) 1995-1996

  • USAWOA National Webmaster  1996-2014

  • Assistant Webmaster for the Warrant Officer Section, Reserve Officers Association 2000-2006

  • Founder, Incorporator, Registered Agent, and Director of the Warrant Officers Heritage Foundation, 2003

  • Webmaster for the USAWOA Scholarship Foundation and Warrant Officer Heritage Foundation 2003-2014

  • Chairman of the Board and President, Warrant Officers Heritage Foundation, 2003-2005

  • Historian & Weekly Bulletin Editor, St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Parish, Chincoteague, VA 2003-present.

  • President, Chief Operating Officer, and Director, Warrant Officers Heritage Foundation, now Warrant Officer Historical Foundation, 2005-present

  • Member of American Legion 2006-present

  • Chair of the Cemetery Committee, St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, Chincoteague, VA 2006-present

  • Public Relations Officer and Computer Network Manager, Chincoteague American Legion Post 159, Chincoteague Island, VA 2008-present

  • Chairman of the Cemetery Committee, St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, Chincoteague, VA 2010-present.

  • Adjutant an Public Relations Officer, Chincoteague Post 159, The American Legion, 2010-present.

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors, Hearts and Friends, a public charity whose mission is to assist people affected by extraordinary medical expenses 2011-present..

Membership in professional associations:

  • Association of the United States Army Life Membership

  • U. S. Army Adjutant General's Corps Regimental Association

  • Reserve Officers Association of the United States Life Membership

  • United States Army Warrant Officers Association Life Membership

  • Military Officers Association of America Life Membership

  • Founding Sponsor of the National Museum of the U. S. Army

  • USAWOA First State Chapter Founding Member, Smyrna, DE

  • Chincoteague Post 159, The American Legion, Chincoteague Island, VA

Mr. Welsh is married to Kathleen "Kay" Pelletier of Westborough, MA. They currently reside on Chincoteague Island on Virginia's Eastern Shore. They have four children, eight grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.


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