3 Wing Commander

Colonel William Radiff, MSM, CD

Col William Radiff

Colonel William Radiff joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1988. Following the completion of the Basic Officer Training Course, he spent the next four years at Royal Roads Military College and the Royal Military College of Canada. In 1992 he attended 2 Canadian Forces Flying Training School in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan earning his wings on helicopter. He was then posted to 19 Wing Comox where he served as a CH-113A Labrador Search and Rescue pilot with 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron for three and a half years. In the fall of 1997 Col Radiff moved back to 15 Wing Moose Jaw where he served three years as a flying instructor on the CT-114 Tutor, achieving an A2 instructor rating.

Col Radiff was posted to 4 Wing Cold Lake in December of 2000 and completed the Fighter Pilot Course on the CF-188. In 2005, upon completion of the course he was assigned to 433 Tactical Fighter Squadron at 3 Wing Bagotville, Quebec and subsequently became a member of 425 Tactical Fighter Squadron upon the standing down of 433 Tactical Fighter Squadron in 2005.  In 2006 he served as the Canadian Armed Forces CF-188 Air Demonstration Pilot and that summer was posted to the Fighter Standards and Evaluation Team (FSET) at 4 Wing Cold Lake where he served as the Officer Commanding FSET. The following year he instructed on the CF-188 and held both the Squadron Operations Officer and Deputy Commanding Officer positions at 410 Tactical Fighter (Operational Training) Squadron.

In 2009 Col Radiff was posted to the Directorate of Air Requirements in Ottawa where he primarily worked on the Next Generation Fighter Capability Project. In 2011 he moved to Montgomery, Alabama where Col Radiff completed the US Air Command and Staff College program at Maxwell University at Maxwell Air Force Base.

The following year he was posted to the North American Aerospace Defence Headquarters serving as the Operations Officer. In 2013 he assumed the role of the Senior Staff Officer for Fighters at 1 Canadian Air Division in Winnipeg. In the fall of 2014 he deployed to US Air Force Base (AFB) Al Udeid in Qatar for six months in support of Operation IMPACT as the Target Engagement Authority for Canadian Flying Operations and as the Senior National Representative to the United States’ Combined Air Operations Center for all of the contributing nations. For his efforts during this period, Col Radiff was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. 

In 2015 Col Radiff assumed command of the 409 Tactical Fighter Squadron at Cold Lake. He deployed, on many occasions to Eielson AFB, to Comox, British Columbia in support or NORAD operations and, to Inuvik, NWT in support of Northern Sovereignty Operations.

In the summer of 2017 Col Radiff was promoted to his current rank and moving back to Bagotville, Quebec to take Command of 3 Wing Bagotville.

Col Radiff has more than 3,900 hours of military flying including 1,800 hours on the CF-188.  He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Royal Military College and a Masters of Military Arts and Operational Science from the USAF Air University.