16 Wing Borden is the "Birthplace of the RCAF." The largest training Wing in the Canadian Forces, 16 Wing's schools offer air force technical training and professional development.
The four eaglets on the 16 Wing heraldic badge represent the four air force organisations that operated at Camp Borden since 1917.
Since 1994, Borden's long tradition of excellence in Air Force training has been upheld by 16 Wing. A lodger formation at CFB Borden, 16 Wing is the largest training wing in the Canadian Forces.
It is composed of a headquarters and three schools: the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering (CFSATE), the Air Command Academy (ACA), and the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Control Operations (CFSACO).
Even though 16 Wing is located today in Borden, at the "Birthplace of the Royal Canadian Air Force," the Wing's history is far removed from that of CFB Borden. From its 1950 origin as an RCAF (Reserve) Operational Wing in Hamilton, Ontario, it has undergone various transformations before reaching its current state.
Today, 16 Wing is the trainer of choice for the technical training and professional development of Canada's Air Force personnel.
Through the halls, classrooms and workshops of the wing's buildings, instructors, armed with the latest technology, carry on the task of preparing Canada's next generation of airmen and women for the future.
Almost 2000 students are trained here every year, in areas that range from core aircraft technology such as engine and airframe maintenance and repairs, to aerospace control operations, leadership and Air Force history.