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.

People wearing military uniforms form a circle to participate in a smudging ceremony

14 Wing’s command team gathers to mark National Indigenous Peoples Day

Master Seaman Scott Carson used his Defence Aboriginal Advisory Group’s eagle feather to waft a smudge’s scented smoke to the eyes, ears, mouths, hands and body of people attending a ceremony marking National Indigenous Peoples Day at 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia.
June 26, 2020

A man wearing an olive-green flight suit stands in front of an orange propeller aircraft.

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

A smiling woman wearing a disruptive pattern uniform stands in front of a jet fighter.

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

A circular silver metal badge with a globe, a laurel wreath and maple leaf.

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

Three men, one in a military uniform, stand beside each other. The man in the centre and on the right hold a framed certificate between them.

Gold – 40 years ago

In an article published 30 years ago, we look back at a reunion of members of the RCAF Flyers team before they headed off to the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.
February 16, 2018

Three hockey teams stand in a close group outdoors with spectators around them.

The RCAF Flyers stunned the world by winning Olympic gold

Seventy years ago today, a hastily assembled team of hockey players from the Royal Canadian Air Force stunned the world by winning the Olympic gold medal at St. Moritz, Switzerland.
February 8, 2018

A vintage photo of a person standing beside the fuselage of a large biplane that has its engine mounted on the top wing, with other aircraft and large buildings in the background.

Shearwater: the birthplace of maritime aviation in Canada

The second-oldest military airfield in Canada, the Shearwater air station at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, has been home to Canada’s naval or RCAF maritime air squadrons since its inception in 1918.
February 7, 2018

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

A man stands behind a podium.

Battle of Britain heroes honoured in National Capital Region

The RCAF’s national ceremony honouring those who participated in the Battle of Britain 77 years ago was held at Vintage Wings of Canada in Gatineau, Quebec, on September 17, 2017.
October 13, 2017

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