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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60 Seconds with . . . Captain Bradley Ticky, 22 Wing

This is part of the 60 Seconds with… series, featuring Captain Bradley Ticky, Senior Director, Canadian Air Defence Sector, 22 Wing North Bay. He answered as many randomly drawn questions as he could in 60 seconds about NORAD Tracks Santa.
December 22, 2019

Three people, all wearing military flight suits, stand in a row as one hands a small box with a medal in it to another.

Honorary Colonel Loreena McKennitt recognized for 12 years of service

Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger, commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force, and Chief Warrant Officer Denis Gaudreault  recently visited personnel deployed with the Air Task Force-Romania. While there, LGen Meinzinger presented Honorary Colonel Loreena McKennitt with her Canadian Forces Decoration.
December 20, 2019

Five people, wearing military uniforms and holding band instruments, surround Santa Claus who is sitting behind a drum set.

Santa checks out the holiday sounds of 14 Wing’s band

Santa Claus recently travelled from the North Pole to visit 14 Wing Greenwood’s band to make sure everything was in order for the wing’s upcoming holiday concert.
December 19, 2019

Two men.

Holiday greetings from the RCAF command team

During the 2019 holiday season, Royal Canadian Air Force leaders send greetings to RCAF personnel. Here is the message from the Royal Canadian Air Force’s command team.
December 18, 2019

Four people, wearing disruptive pattern combat uniforms and Santa or elf-style hats, walk across a grassy area with a person dressed as Santa.

Operation HO HO HO brings joy to children in three communities

The RCAF’s Operation HO HO HO now brings Christmas cheer to sick children who have to be in hospital over the holiday season in three communities. 
December 18, 2019

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

A news clipping with the headline “Carty family has enviable war record”, showing head-and-shoulders photos of five men.

Regulation? What regulation?

During the early years of the Second World War, Black Canadians were, for the most part, barred from joining the Royal Canadian Air Force. But it’s clear that some recruiting officers deliberately ignored the regulation.
February 5, 2020

Three people, two men and a woman, all wearing blue Air Force uniforms, stand behind an elderly man in a wheelchair wearing civilian clothes and holding a framed picture.

Aviator to aviator: Visit with veteran ties RCAF history together

Second World War veteran Flight Lieutenant (retired) Jim McRae recently received a visit in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, from 404 Long Range Patrol and Training Squadron leadership.
January 22, 2020

An older man, wearing a flying helmet, sits in the cockpit of a small aircraft that has its canopy open.

Aviation community says goodbye to Fern Villeneuve

The founder of the RCAF’s legendary “Golden Hawks” aerobatic team died December 25, 2019, at the age of 92.
January 10, 2020

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