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 woman writing on a clipboard sits in a lawn chair in front of a house with an open door, while a man standing by a dolly has his hands on the top box in a stack of four, and looks through the open door.

A message from Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger, Commander RCAF, and Chief Warrant Officer Denis Gaudreault, RCAF Chief Warrant Officer

A posting can be both exciting and daunting for everyone involved, and information can be hard to find, which is why the RCAF has implemented the Family Sponsor Program.
February 17, 2020

A group photo of people wearing military uniforms, civilian clothing and red shirts.

Team Canada announced for Invictus Games 2020

The names of the 32 CAF serving members and veterans who will represent Canada at the 2020 Invictus Games, to be held May 9th to 16th in The Hague, Netherlands, were announced on February 5.
February 6, 2020

A group of male runners race on an oval track in front of spectators.

Track and field for Masters Athletes #2

This is the second in a series of articles covering all aspects of Masters athletes’ training and nutrition for track and field events.
February 6, 2020

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CAF-DND Sexual Misconduct Class Action Settlement

If you experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault or discrimination based on your sex, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation while serving in the Canadian Armed Forces or while employed for the Department of National Defence or for the Staff of the Non-Public Funds, Canadian Forces, you may be eligible for a compensation from this class action settlement.
January 31, 2020

A large blue metal candlestick bearing nine illuminated candles – the centre candle taller than the others – stands in front of a concrete building with three flagpoles.

Melting the Winnipeg winter darkness with a Menorah

17 Wing marks Chanukah with Menorah-lighting ceremony.
January 31, 2020

A vintage photo of two men shaking hands, one sitting in the cockpit of an aircraft and the other standing beside it.

The RCAF in the Korean War

From 1950 to 1953, Royal Canadian Air Force personnel served in Canada, the US and Korea in a United Nations-driven effort to rebuff North Korea’s advances into South Korea.
June 25, 2020

A black and white photo of man sitting in the cockpit of First World War fighter biplane.

Billy Bishop, Canada’s first Air Force Victoria Cross winner

On June 2, 1917, Capt William Avery “Billy” Bishop took off from his home base with No. 60 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, near Arras in northern France, on a daring early morning mission that would win him the Victoria Cross.
June 2, 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

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