19 Wing Comox

19 Wing Comox is located at Canadian Forces Base Comox on Vancouver Island. Its Aurora crews keep watch over the Pacific Ocean looking for illegal fishing, migration, drugs and pollution in addition to foreign submarines. With CC-115 Buffalo Aircraft and CH-149 Cormorant Helicopters, they also carry out search and rescue operations in the busiest region in Canada, stretching from the B.C.-Washington border to the Arctic, and from the Rocky Mountains to 1,200 km out into the Pacific Ocean.

In addition to its operational squadrons, the Wing is home to 19 Air Maintenance Squadron and a national training school and the Canadian Forces School of Search and Rescue (CFSSAR). 19 Wing also supports cadet training at the Regional Cadet Gliding School (Pacific) and HMCS Quadra sea cadet camp.

History

The airfield at Comox was opened as a Royal Air Force (RAF) Base in 1942 and was officially constituted as a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Aerodrome on 1 May 1943.

Read more about the history of 19 Wing Comox.

Squadrons

Equipment

Wing badge

"No retreat"

Significance: The crest depicts the Sharp Shinned Hawk resting on a Dogwood tree branch. The Dogwood flower is the provincial flower of B.C.

Command team

Colonel Dany J. Poitras, CD

Colonel Dany J. Poitras, CD

Chief Warrant Officer Kevin D. Colcy

 Chief Warrant Officer Kevin D. Colcy, CD

Wing news

COVID-19

National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces – COVID-19

The latest information and resources for military and civilian members of the Defence Team related to the rapidly evolving 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the steps being taken to minimize the risk to our military and civilian members.
March 19, 2020

Join the RCAF - Dare to be extraordinary

Join the RCAF - Dare to be extraordinary

Join the RCAF - Dare to be extraordinary
February 1, 2020

Three men wearing blue military uniforms and wedge hats stand outside a hangar in front of a military helicopter. The man in the middle holds a plaque and beside him is a little table with a trophy.

Sergeant Yves Desfossés, RCAF Reservist of the Year

Sergeant Yves Desfossés has dedicated 33 years to the Royal Canadian Air Force and Canada in both the Regular Force and the Primary Reserves. On July 16, 2020, he received the Air Reservist of the Year Award for his excellent work.
September 25, 2020

An orange twin-propeller aircraft in flight

An overview of our search and rescue aircraft

SAR Technicians use many different kinds of equipment to do their job, but they rely on aircraft to transport them where they need to go to save lives. Here are the aircraft that Canadian SAR Technicians use in their everyday work.
September 24, 2020

Military uniforms with the Sentinel badge

Sentinel Program: The 14 Wing Perspective

14 Wing’s perspective on the Canadian Armed Forces Sentinel Program.
September 22, 2020

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Contact information

19 Wing Comox
P.O. Box 1000, Station Main
Lazo BC V0R 2K0

Public Affairs Officer

Phone: 250-339-8201
Email: 19wingpublicaffairs@forces.gc.ca