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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Our people: Major Steve Thompson, Air Detachment (North) commander for Operation Laser

Major Steve Thompson says his 12 years of experience working in the north is important in his role as the Air Task Force’s Air Detachment (North) commander for Operation Laser, the Canadian Armed Forces’ response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
May 13, 2020

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Our people: Major Jane Yoon, Air Task Force A4 for Operation Laser

Instead of finalizing the logistics of her much-anticipated wedding, Major Jane Yoon answered the call of duty as Air Task Force A4 for Operation Laser, the CAF’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
May 12, 2020

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New CAF Space Specialist Skill Badge

Canadian Armed Forces personnel who have achieved a combination of formal space qualifications and experience are now eligible to proudly wear the Space Specialist Skill Badge.
May 11, 2020

A smiling man in a olive green flight suit holding a pilot’s helmet stands in front of a grey helicopter.

Our people: Major Matthew Dukowski heads up Air Detachment (Atlantic) for Operation Laser

“When things get bad, people look to us,” says Major Matthew Dukowski, Air Detachment (Atlantic) Commander for Operation Laser, the Canadian Armed Forces’ response to the novel coronavirus global pandemic.
April 23, 2020

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Our people: Warrant Officer Tina Koutras

Using knowledge and experience she acquired in her civilian roles as a motivational coach and online entrepreneur, Warrant Officer Tina Koutras is keeping the information flowing at 12 Wing Shearwater, Nova Scotia, during the COVID-19 epidemic.
April 15, 2020

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Second World War veteran revisits the Halifax bomber

More than 70 years after Flight Lieutenant (retired) Stuart Vallières flew in Halifax heavy bombers during the Second World War, he again entered the “belly of the beast” during a visit to the Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton, Ontario.
June 3, 2019

Captain William A. Bishop

Billy Bishop – Canada’s first Air Force Victoria Cross recipient

June 2 is celebrated as “Billy Bishop Day” in honour of the famous First World War ace.
May 31, 2019

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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, 2019

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“They damn nearly did it for me”: The story of William Barker, VC

First World War pilot William Barker is Canada’s most decorated war hero. He was terribly wounded in combat with the enemy and was awarded the Victoria Cross. But he said he would throw his decorations in the fire if he could be fit and healthy again.
October 26, 2018

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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

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