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.

Five medals on ribbons on a black background

Governor General presents honours at Rideau Hall

Governor General and Commander in Chief of Canada Julie Payette presented honours to 48 recipients during a ceremony on February 28, 2018, at Rideau Hall. She also presented honours in Toronto on February 20, 2018.
March 12, 2018

A woman stands with one hand on a book held by a man and the other hand raised. A second man stands to one side.

New RCAF reservist looks forward to serving her country

New RCAF reservist looks forward to serving her country.
March 7, 2018

Montage of portraits of two men

Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger to take command of RCAF

General Jon Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, announced this year’s list of Canadian Armed Forces General and Flag Officer senior appointments, promotions and retirements on March 2, 2018. A new commander for the Royal Canadian Air Force is among this year’s appointments. Major-General Al Meinzinger, who will be promoted to the rank of lieutenant-general, will take command from Lieutenant-General Mike Hood, who is retiring.
March 2, 2018

Sur les berges enneigées d’un petit cours d’eau, trois militaires posent des barrages flottants en travers du ruisseau. Un autre homme lance une couverture absorbante pour recueillir le produit qui flotte à la surface.

Greenwood personnel contain fuel spill from civilian vehicle in turtle habitat

14 Wing personnel mopped up a fuel spill in a local brook that is a habitat for wood turtles after a civilian vehicle overturned.
February 22, 2018

A smiling woman dressed in desert pattern camouflage uniform with a medal attached to the uniform jacket.

RCAF member deploys as gender advisor

Major Rhea MacLean deployed to Latvia as the gender advisor on Operation Reassurance, turning her recent studies in gender-based analysis and gender integration in the Canadian Armed Forces into a valuable asset.
February 20, 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

Leading Aircraftman Stan Rivers (on the wing) and Leading Aircraftman Ken Allenby of 402 “Bear” Squadron, paint D-Day markings on an Allied aircraft.

Operation Overlord: D-Day Remembered

Royal Canadian Air Force squadrons had already been involved for several months in bombing key enemy targets in the invasion area. Now, RCAF squadrons were among 171 Allied squadrons that attacked on D-Day—June 6, 1944.
June 6, 2018

A man, woman and child look at items laid out on a table covered in a tartan tablecloth

Lost Canadian Banshee pilot remembered in Ottawa

More than 60 years ago, Lieutenant Barry Troy disappeared when his Banshee fighter jet crashed off the coast of Florida. On April 27, 2018, members of the Troy family gathered with personnel from the Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Canadian Navy to pay tribute to his memory.
June 1, 2018

Side-by-side photos of a man. On the left, in black and white, he is young, wearing a flight suit and helmet; on the right, in colour, he is older, wearing an open-necked civilian shirt.

Colonel Ralph Hamilton Annis, January 11, 1931 – May 14, 2018

Colonel Ralph Annis will be laid to rest on Saturday, June 2, 2018.
May 28, 2018

Hundreds of uniformed people arrange themselves on tarmac to form the words “LOGGIE-FIVE-0”

Retired supply technician has huge effect on Logistics Branch 50th anniversary

Some 350 Canadian Armed Forces logisticians gather for a photo to mark the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Forces Logistics Branch.
May 25, 2018

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