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 camouflage uniform stands holding a flagpole with a flag in one hand and a military rifle in the other.

RCAF member takes “top shot” at military shooting competition

Lieutenant Baron Hordo, a member of the Royal Canadian Force, took home the Queen’s Medal for top Regular Force shooter at the 2018 Canadian Armed Forces Small Arms Competition held in September in Ottawa.
October 5, 2018

A man in a disruptive pattern military uniform, wearing headphones and a microphone, sits at a desk in front of a computer.

22 Wing North Bay executes worldwide synthetic battlefield exercise

In September 2018, 22 Wing North Bay executed an international battlefield exercise – all in virtual reality.
September 26, 2018

MFO Flight Followers

MFO Flight Followers Corporal Joshua Berkelmans and Sergeant Wayne Farrell

Whether it’s the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) UH-60 helicopter observer missions, the movement of troops and essential supplies in a Czech Air Force CASA C-295 aircraft around the Sinai Peninsula, or an emergency medical evacuation to a hospital in Tel Aviv, Israel, there is always a Canadian Armed Forces Flight Follower tracking it to make sure it takes off, conducts its mission, and lands at its destination safely.
September 26, 2018

A fighter jet flies slightly behind a larger bomber aircraft with four propellers.

"Q" Duty

“Q" Duty may be the RCAF’s most important mission: defending and deterring threats from Canadian sovereign airspace. Pilots and support personnel are ready to go on a moment’s notice—and consume lots of coffee while they are on duty.
September 25, 2018

Three men.

8 Wing Trenton welcomes new honorary colonel

8 Wing Trenton gave a warm welcome to their new honorary colonel, John Smylie, and said a fond farewell to their outgoing honorary colonel, John Williams, at a ceremony held September 20, 2018.
September 21, 2018

A smiling young woman wearing a cook’s uniform and hat holds a platter with a very large cooked turkey.

Christmas, home and away

Christmas away from home and loved ones can be lonely, but Royal Canadian Air Force members manage to create a happy Christmas wherever they may find themselves. Here is a selection of photos of CAF Christmases, home and away.
December 22, 2017

A man in a blue uniform plays a trumpet by a stone tomb with a metal soldier’s helmet; a woman in a black uniform stands at a podium. Both wear poppies. Behind them are military members and civilians.

“Last Post” presents challenges for buglers

Many people cannot hear “Last Post” without tearing up. For the people who sound it, suppressing an emotional reaction is not the only challenge.
December 15, 2017

Five people, two wearing blue Air Force uniforms, stand beside each other, looking at the camera.

Royal Canadian Legion and 16 Wing share Christmas dinner with Veterans

Personnel from 16 Wing Borden helped the Royal Canadian Legion Branch in Angus, Ontario, with their annual Christmas dinner for residents of the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre, located in Toronto.
December 13, 2017

Six gold, blue and red jet aircraft with red maple leaf flag markings fly upside-down over forested land, with a town, a large body of water, an island, and snow-covered mountains in the background.

Saluting the Golden Centennaires’ 50th anniversary

The story of the Canadian Armed Forces Golden Centennaires, the air demonstration team that celebrated Canada’s Centennial Year throughout Canada and farther afield.
December 7, 2017

A portrait photo of a man wearing a formal blue military uniform and hat.

Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame to induct four new members in 2018

Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) will induct four new members in 2018, at a ceremony to be held on Thursday, June 7 in Calgary, Alberta. Two of the new inductees served in Canada’s Air Force.
November 30, 2017

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