4 Wing Cold Lake

4 Wing Cold Lake is the busiest fighter base in Canada. It provides general purpose, multi-role, combat capable forces in support of domestic and international roles of Canada's Air Force.

4 Wing Cold Lake is, without question, the home of the fighter pilot. It not only hosts Canada's world-class tactical fighter force training, but also deploys and supports fighter aircraft at a moments notice to fulfill the domestic and international roles of Canada's Air Force.

As an international Centre of Excellence for tactical fighter operations, deployable combat support and leading edge training, 4 Wing focuses on people, leadership, innovation and technology.

Two operational CF-18 Squadrons and two training squadrons, including Phase IV of NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC), and numerous premier support units, make 4 Wing Canada's largest and busiest fighter wing. As such, 4 Wing has some of the best and most sought after amenities in the world, including an almost unrestricted 1.17 million hectare air weapons range equipped with state-of-the-art threats and targets.

It is the vast array of support facilities and amenities that make Cold Lake exercises so attractive and successful including the annual Maple Flag Exercise, which draws international participation and continues to expand each year.

Read about the history of 4 Wing Cold Lake.

Squadrons

Equipment

Wing Badge

Auf Wacht ("On Watch")

Significance: Argent, an ogress charged with a bar wavy Azure edged Or and surmounted by three tilting lances palewise Argent with pennants per fess Sable and Argent flying to the sinister.

Command team

Colonel David Moar, MSM, CD

Colonel David Moar, MSM, CD

Chief Warrant Lee Darling

Chief Warrant Officer Lee Darling

Wing news

Join the RCAF - Dare to be extraordinary

Join the RCAF - Dare to be extraordinary

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

People in full regalia parade on grass.

RCAF Tartan: How it all began

In 1942, the RCAF tartan and the first RCAF Pipe Band came into being side by side under the guidance of Group Captain Elmer G. Fullerton at No. 9 Service Flying Training School at Summerside, Prince Edward Island.
April 6, 2021

A single image of portions of three air force badges, all portraying an eagle at their centre.

RCAF celebrates 97 years of service

The Royal Canadian Air Force was officially born on April 1, 1924. However, its roots go back to 1917, and the establishment of the Royal Flying Corps Canada in southern Ontario.
April 1, 2021

A photo of a man wearing a blue military uniform with medals. Behind him is a Canadian flag.

Drive, service a way to give back

Chief Warrant Officer Keith Mitchell could add two more years to his exceptional, 40-plus year military service, culminating in his award of the Cross of Valour, but he’s calling it a career on March 31, 2021.
March 31, 2021

A photo montage of six people wearing military, civilian and sporting clothes. In the middle of the montage is a military crest around which are the words “SOLDIER ON” and “SANS LIMITES”.

Together, apart: connection through physical challenge

The 4x4x48 Challenge, during which participants walk or run four miles every four hours for 48 hours, allowed a team of six military members to come together virtually and support Soldier On.
March 30, 2021

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Contact information

4 Wing Cold Lake
PO Box 6550 Stn Forces
Cold Lake AB  T9M 2C6

Public Affairs Officer

Telephone: 780-840-8000 ext. 8121
Fax: 780-840-7300