CW5 Deshawn L. Bell assumed duties as the Signal Regiment’s fifth Regimental Chief Warrant Officer (RCWO) at Fort Gordon, GA on 16 September 2016. CW5 Bell previously served as the Command Chief Warrant Officer for 311th Signal Command (Theater), Fort Shafter, HI, August 2015 – August 2016. He was the Senior Network Operations Technician and was the primary technical advisor on all network and systems matters, especially as it related to strategic-to-tactical systems integration within US Army Pacific (USARPAC) Theater.
CW5 Bell proudly hails from Colorado Springs, CO. He is a 1987 graduate of Roy J. Wasson High School in Colorado Springs, CO. He entered the US Army in July 1988 as a Computer Programmer/Systems Analyst (MOS 74F). From 1989 – 1996, he served at Ft. Huachuca, AZ; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and Alexandria, VA. He was selected to attend the Warrant Officer Candidate School in 1996, and was appointed a Warrant Officer One (WO1) in the Signal Corps.
After completing the Warrant Officer Basic Course at Ft. Gordon, he was stationed at Ft. Bragg in 1997 and served as the Automation Section OIC of the Corps Logistics Automation Office (CLAO) supporting the 1st Corps Support Command (Airborne). In 2000, he was assigned to Fort Wainwright, AK where he served as the OIC of the Combat Service Support Automation Management Office (CSSAMO), supporting 172nd Infantry Brigade (Separate) and US Army Alaska (USARAK). In 2004, after attending the Warrant Officer Advanced Course, he was assigned to Ft. Lewis, WA where he assumed duties as the I Corps G6 Data Network Planner, supporting I Corps’ numerous operational missions throughout the Pacific. He attended the Warrant Officer Staff Course during this assignment. In 2007 he deployed to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait supporting the 335th Signal Command (Theater) and the US Army Central (ARCENT) Forward. He was further deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan and Camp Victory, Iraq as a Network Architecture Technician and later the Chief, Communcations Engineering Branch supporting the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, and the Joint Network Communications Center - Iraq. After returning from deployment in 2008, CW5 Bell was assigned to US Army Pacific (USARPAC) and served as the USARPAC G6 Data Network Services Integrator and later the Senior IT Project Manager, Ft. Shafter, HI, supporting 311th Signal Command (Theater), USARPAC, and PACOM’s numerous operational missions throughout the Pacific. He attended the Warrant Officer Senior Staff Course during this assignment.
CW5 Bell’s prior assignment, October 2011 – July 2015, was serving as the Technical Director, Leader College of Network Operations (DoDIN), US Army Signal School, Cyber Center of Excellence, Ft. Gordon, GA. He was the senior technical advisor for all technical training provided to all Signal Officers, Warrant Officers, and NCO’s on behalf of the Signal School and Cyber Center of Excellence.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (2 awards), National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal, Parachutist Badge, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and the Bronze Order of Mercury.
CW5 Bell holds an Associate of Science Degree in Data Processing Technology from Hawaii Pacific University, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer and Information Sciences from University of Maryland University College, a Master of Science Degree in Information Technology Management from Touro University International, and a graduate of all required Professional Military Education. Additionally, CW5 Bell is a Project Management Professional (PMP), and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
He and his spouse have a blended family of seven daughters.