1 Canadian Air Division
Who we are
1 Canadian Air Division (1 CAD) is the source of air power provided by the Royal Canadian Air Force to the operational commands of the Canadian Forces (CF).
Organized and equipped to provide operation-ready forces for rapid deployment and employment, 1 CAD ensures its wings and units are ready with the right mix of air power to meet our nation’s urgent aerospace needs and, as a partner in North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD), are able to counter potential threats to our sovereignty.
1 CAD operates a diverse fleet of aircraft and also provides an array of command, control, communications and intelligence systems in support of our nation’s defence priorities at home and abroad.
The Commander of 1 CAD serves also as Commander of the Canadian NORAD Region and as the Joint Force Air Component Commander (JFACC) for the Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC). The commader is also responsible for the operational command and control of Air Force assets (except for 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron which is an integral element of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command) and responsible for maintaining the Air Force’s readiness.