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.

A man wearing a disruptive pattern uniform stands in front of a large heavy-equipment vehicle with a blade on the front.

Our people: Corporal Benjamin Russell

Corporal Benjamin Russell’s favourite thing? The satisfaction of seeing a snow-covered ramp cleared by the end of the day.
March 6, 2020

A man wearing a disruptive pattern uniform stands with his hands on his hips in front of banks of electronics.

Our people: Corporal Adrian Osmond

Corporal Adrian Osmond knows that he and other Aerospace Telecommunication and Information Systems Technicians are “the general go-to techs in the air force.”
March 5, 2020

Sergeant Holly Larabie

The Sky’s No Limit for this RCAF Flight Attendant

Sergeant Holly Larabie is the Flight Attendant Lead with 437 Transport Squadron at 8 Wing in Trenton, Ontario. Through the Army Reserve Co-op Program at her high school, she joined the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve in February 2005 with the Ontario Regiment (Royal Canadian Armoured Corps) in Oshawa, Ontario as an Armoured Reconnaissance Crewman. She completed a Component Transfer to the Regular Force and an Occupation Transfer to Mobile Support Equipment Operator in December 2008, and in July 2017 accepted an opportunity to participate in the Flight Attendant Employment Program.
March 1, 2020

Sergeant Holly Larabie

The Sky’s No Limit for this RCAF Flight Attendant

Sergeant Holly Larabie is the Flight Attendant Lead with 437 Transport Squadron at 8 Wing in Trenton, Ontario. Through the Army Reserve Co-op Program at her high school, she joined the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve in February 2005 with the Ontario Regiment (Royal Canadian Armoured Corps) in Oshawa, Ontario as an Armoured Reconnaissance Crewman. She completed a Component Transfer to the Regular Force and an Occupation Transfer to Mobile Support Equipment Operator in December 2008, and in July 2017 accepted an opportunity to participate in the Flight Attendant Employment Program.
March 1, 2020

A senior man wearing Canada bib 312 runs on a track.

Track and field for Masters Athletes 3: Physical assessment

A physical assessment is essential before planning your training program.
February 21, 2020

A black-and-white photo of six uniformed women standing in a row with their arms around each other’s waists, looking up.

We have come a long way

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the great accomplishments of women today, but also those of women who paved the way for the generations that followed them.
March 6, 2020

A vintage black and white photo of a woman in operational flying dress speaking into a microphone held by a man wearing a sports jacket.

Grace MacEachern, para-belle: An RCAF pioneer

Pilot Officer Grace MacEachern was a pioneer for women in a revolutionary time for women's roles and rights. As a para-belle in the Canadian Armed Forces in the 1950s, she blazed a trail both for women and for the Royal Canadian Air Force.
March 5, 2020

In a black-and-white photograph, two young men in uniform sit on the leading edge of the wing of a vintage propeller aircraft, and two more stand in front of the wing.

Junius Lyman Edward Hokan: An extraordinary RCAF officer

Pilot Officer Junius Hokan was 20 when he died, but during his service he broke the race barrier barring Black-Canadians from serving in the RCAF, was an accomplished fighter pilot, and invented a navigation device that drew the attention of Great Britain’s air ministry.
February 26, 2020

A black and white photo of a black man wearing a shirt and tie, and a uniform jacket with wings.

Eric Watts, a natural leader

When Eric Victor Watts enlisted in the RCAF on May 10, 1939, technically, he should not have been allowed to join. Nevertheless, he proved to be a natural leader.
February 19, 2020

In a black-and-white photograph, a Black man wearing a uniform stands with his hands in his pockets in front of a large memorial displaying statues of men in uniforms.

Recruits of Choice

The excellence of Black Canadians recruited to the RCAF during and after the Second World War—even before Blacks were officially allowed to join the Air Force—is reflected in their achievements during and following their military service.
February 13, 2020

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