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

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

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