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.

Sergeant Gordon (Jody) Hynes

Occupation in Perspective: Search & Rescue Technician

Interview with Sergeant Gordon (Jody) Hynes, Search & Rescue Technician.
April 19, 2021

A photo montage of six people wearing military, civilian and sporting clothes. In the middle of the montage is a military crest around which are the words “SOLDIER ON” and “SANS LIMITES”.

Together, apart: connection through physical challenge

The 4x4x48 Challenge, during which participants walk or run four miles every four hours for 48 hours, allowed a team of six military members to come together virtually and support Soldier On.
March 30, 2021

Three men run on an outdoor track during a competition.

Track and field for Masters Athletes 10: Sports nutrition, part 2

This is the tenth in a series of articles covering all aspects of masters athletes’ training and nutrition for track and field events. In this article, we continue to examine sports nutrition.
March 25, 2021

A man and a woman examine a tool in an aviation workshop.

A dynamic career in the RCAF

Cpl Kirandeep Braich, an Aviation Technician with 1 Air Maintenance Squadron, based at 4 Wing Cold Lake, says that being part of the CAF comes with many challenges and opportunities that are not only rewarding, but also make you grow as a person.
March 12, 2021

A photo montage of two women. The one on the left is wearing a blue uniform and wedge hat, while the one on the right is wearing an olive-green flight suit.

Women of different backgrounds celebrated at 17 Wing

Major Geneviève Dussault and Captain Emily Rowlandson, whose paths crossed at 17 Wing Winnipeg, Manitoba, are both passionate about the roles of women in the Canadian Armed Forces.
March 12, 2021

A montage comprising seven photos of grey, red and gold metal aviation badges forming two superposed rows.

The future of the Air Force is built upon the service and sacrifices of the past

With its new metal flying badges made from metal recovered from a downed Second World War bomber, RCAF’s past merges with the present.
March 2, 2021

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 Hokan 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 17, 2021

A montage comprising seven photos of grey, red and gold metal aviation badges forming two superposed rows.

The future of the Air Force is built upon the service and sacrifices of the past

With its new metal flying badges made from metal recovered from a downed Second World War bomber, RCAF’s past merges with the present.
February 12, 2021

A black and white photo of a black man wearing a shirt and tie, and a uniform jacket with wings.

Eric Watts, a natural leader

When Eric Victor Watts enlisted in the RCAF on May 10, 1939, technically, he should not have been allowed to join. Nevertheless, he proved to be a natural leader.
February 11, 2021

A news clipping with the headline “Carty family has enviable war record”, showing head-and-shoulders photos of five men.

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 4, 2021

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