Chief Warrant officer William M. Russ was born in Marianna, Florida on 27 July 1973. William M. Russ enlisted in the Marine Corps on 11 August 1997 and attended recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina. After completion of recruit training, Private First Class Russ attended Marine Combat Infantry School at Camp Geiger, North Carolina.
In December 1997, Private First Class Russ report to MATSG NATC Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida where he completed: Aviation Technician Common Core and Aviation Electronics Technician O-Level Course. During this time Private First Class Russ served as “Peer Tutor” and was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal.
In May 1998, Lance Corporal Russ reported to MATSG NAS, Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor, Washington where he completed: A-6/EA Electrical Connector/Wire Bundle Repair and Aircraft Fire Fighting /Res cue School. There he received the MOS 6386 (Electronic Countermeasures Technician). In July 1998, Lance Corporal Russ reported to Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron One, MAG-14, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, Cherry Point, North Carolina and served there until 01 May 2002. During this tour, he served on the Color Guard, shift supervisor, Banshee Marine of the Quarter, Collateral Duty Inspector (CDI) for Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) and Electric Shop (ES), ECM Work Center NCOIC, COMSEC Material Custodian. He deployed in support of “Operation Northern Watch, “Operation Southern Watch’: and “Operation NATO Allied Forces:’ During this time Lance Corporal Russ was promoted to the ranks of Corporal (meritoriously) and Sergeant.
In July 2002, Sergeant Russ reported back to Marine Corps Security Force Training Company, NSGA Northwest, Chesapeake, Virginia and served there until 20 June 2005. During this tour, he served as the Lead Combat Weapons Line Instructor, Marksmanship Coach, and the Small Arms Training Compound SNCOIC. On 01 February 2004, Sergeant Russ was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant.
In June 2005, Staff Sergeant Russ reported to Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron Two (VMAQ-2), MAG-14, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, Cherry Point, North Carolina for duty as Electronic Countermeasures SNCOIC. On 01 February 2008, Staff Sergeant Russ was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. While serving with VMAQ-2, Gunnery Sergeant Russ has held the billets of: Quality Assurance Chief, ECM Collateral Duty Inspector, Squadron Gunnery Sergeant, Phase Coordinator, Physical Fitness Coordinator, and the Squadron Range Officer. During this tour, Gunnery Sergeant Russ completed three deployments in support of “Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) 5-7, OIF 6-8.2 and OIF 9-1.”
In January 2010, Gunnery Sergeant Russ reported to “The Basic School” in Quantico, VA to attend the Warrant Officer Basic Course. There he was promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer. After completion of WOBC, Warrant Officer Russ received orders to report to NAS Whiting Field. There he completed Aircraft Maintenance Officer School.
In July 2010, Warrant Officer Russ reported to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369, Marine Aircraft Group 39. There, he served as the Avionics Officer and Laser Safety Officer. Warrant Officer Russ deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of “Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) l-2.1:’ On 1 Aug 2011, Warrant Officer Russ was promoted to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Two.
In July 2013, Chief Warrant Officer Two Russ reported to Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron One. There, he served as the Avionics Officer and Maintenance Material Control Officer. On 1 Dec 2014, Chief Warrant Officer Two Russ was promoted to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Three.
In July 2016, Chief Warrant Officer Three Russ reported to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron Two Three Two. There he served as the Avionics Officer.
Chief Warrant Officer Russ’ personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Gold Star in Lieu of 5th award).
Chief Warrant Officer Russ is married to Latina L. Gray-Russ. They have two children, Acoyah and Robert Russ. He is the son of Angeline Holden Russ and the late Robert L. Russ, brother of Takiyah Russ. Chief Warrant Officer Russ resides in Temecula, California, referred to as “hidden paradise.”
“Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they’ve made a difference, the Marines don’t have that problem.” ~ President Ronald Reagan