Our People

The men and women of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and their civilian colleagues are the RCAF’s greatest strength, the heart of the institution and the foundation upon which the RCAF’s future is built. They are extraordinary and professional, capable of accomplishing great things, setting standards of quality that are respected around the world. Day after day, night after night they contribute directly and indirectly to the delivery of air and space power for our nation.

Our airmen and airwomen are guided and inspired by the achievements of those who have served in the Air Force throughout its history.

Here are some of their stories.

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New deputy commander appointed to NORAD

Canadian Lieutenant-General Christopher Coates took over as deputy commander of NORAD on July 20, 2018.
July 20, 2018

Cpl Tyler Billings

Cpl Tyler Billings

Defence Team member Cpl Tyler Billings takes us into the world of cyber in this new installment of the video series, I Am Strong, Secure, Engaged.
July 18, 2018


15 Wing DameBusters inspire roller derby community

The DameBusters, 15 Wing’s roller derby team, hosted their first open practice session with civilian players who wanted to improve their rollerblading skills. This new practice challenge also included referee training offered to new referees, also known as zebras within the roller derby community.
July 18, 2018

A large group of men stand behind a round sculpture and in front of a very tall piece of distressed metal.

Firefighters learn urban search and rescue techniques

Canadian Armed Forces firefighters travelled to the United States for urban search and rescue training.
July 13, 2018

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22 Wing personnel proud to carry out Public Duties in U.K.

Four members of the RCAF from North Bay, Ontario, are carrying out Public Duties in the United Kingdom.
July 12, 2018

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Former RCAF pilots inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame

Former RCAF members are inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame.
August 3, 2018

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Prisoner of war diary available online

A true Canadian military treasure has been digitized and placed online—a diary kept by Flight Lieutenant John Colwell while he was a prisoner of war at Stalag Luft III.
July 30, 2018

An aerial view of the International Bomber Command Centre

A Centre for Bomber Command

The International Bomber Command Centre opens in Lincolnshire, England.
July 25, 2018

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Freedom of Entry to the Town of Folkestone, U.K.

On July 4, 2018, the town of Folkestone in the U.K. granted Freedom of Entry to the Town to the Canadian Armed Forces. The RCAF Public Duties contingent marched through the streets of the town, representing all members of the Canadian Armed Forces, past and present.
July 9, 2018

Five people, in various military uniforms stand with a door behind them. Two of them use scissors to cut a ribbon strung between two metal posts in front of them.

New “collaboration room” named after Battle of Britain mechanic

A new “collaboration room” at the RCAF’s school of aerospace engineering and technology provides an innovative approach to collaboration, teamwork and learning.
July 5, 2018

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