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.

Brigadier-General Frances Allen

Brigadier-General Frances Allen

Brigadier-General Frances Allen was awarded the Women in Communications and Technology Leadership Excellence Award, Public Sector Leadership category, on April 16, 2018.
May 15, 2018

Two military members.

"People, Policy, Program and Posture" will be the RCAF’s anchor points

“People, Policy, Program and Posture” will be the anchor points of the Royal Canadian Air Force, according to the new RCAF commander, Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger.
May 11, 2018

Three men in military uniforms sit behind a tartan-covered table, with documents resting on the table.

New commander for RCAF

On May 4, 2018, command of the Royal Canadian Air Force passed from Lieutenant-General Mike Hood to Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger
May 4, 2018

With flags in the background, two men wearing blue uniforms with medals sit at a tartan-covered table signing documents.

17 Wing Winnipeg welcomes new Honorary Colonel Murray

Stuart Murray joins the 17 Wing Winnipeg, Manitoba, family as Honorary Colonel in a March 21, 2018, ceremony.
May 3, 2018

Women wearing swim caps in a laned swimming pool

RCAF officer, medical student recognized as Academic All Canadian

Captain Stephanie Dennis, a member of the RCAF from Comox, British Columbia, and a Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, medical student, has been recognized as an Academic All Canadian by U Sports, leader of university sports in Canada.
May 1, 2018

A large aircraft

A bouncing bomb at Nanton, Alberta

As part of the Bomber Command Museum of Canada’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Dambusters raid, the museum created a replica of the famed “bouncing bomb” and mounted it on their Lancaster, which is painted in the markings of a Dambusters Lancaster for the anniversary year.
October 17, 2018

A group of men stand in two rows in front of a stone fireplace. Several hold a large banner reading “50 Year Reunion”.

Reunion of 1968 pilot grads

Twenty-eight graduates of a 1968 RCAF pilot course got together in September 2018 in Esquimalt, British Columbia, to mark the 50th anniversary of the start of their Canadian Armed Forces careers
October 10, 2018

Three men.

Battle of Britain veteran marks 100th birthday

Flying Officer (retired) Ralph Wild was an instrument repair technician during the Battle of Britain. On September 27, 2018, he turned 100 and among those who sent him birthday wishes was the commander of the RCAF.
October 3, 2018

A vintage drop-wing single-engine aircraft flies in front of trees, with a flag in the foreground.

Heroes of the Battle of Britain remembered

The 78th anniversary of the Battle of Britain was marked on September 16, 2018, with a national ceremony in Gatineau, Québec.
October 1, 2018

A group of 20 men and women wearing civilian clothes stand behinds behind two grave stones, in front of which are four remembrance wreaths decorated with poppies.

Second World War RCAF officer recognized for wartime sacrifices

In 1945, Wing Commander Byron Rawson took his own life. His death has now been recognized as related to post-traumatic stress disorder, arising his Second World War service, and thus a Commonwealth War Graves Commission gravestone has been placed on his grave in Hamilton, Ontario.
September 25, 2018

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