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

Two men wearing Second World War era air force uniforms, stand in front of a large aircraft.

Remembering aviation legend Russell Bannock

Canada’s second highest scoring Second World War ace, and a legend in Canadian civil aviation, Russ Bannock, died on January 4, 2020, at the age of 100.
January 10, 2020

A man wearing an air force uniform stands beside an older man leaning on a metal walker and wearing a blazer and air force tartan tie. Both have several medals on their jackets.

December 1944: An “Alouette” Christmas story

On Christmas Eve, 1944, Flight Sergeant Jean Cauchy and his crew, flying a Halifax bomber back from a raid in Germany were in trouble—they’d lost an engine and there was still a bomb in their bomb bay that they hadn’t been able to drop.
December 23, 2019

A vintage photo of Santa Claus seated in the cockpit of a helicopter, waving through the open side window.

Holiday traditions in the Royal Canadian Air Force

Royal Canadian Air Force treasures and maintains a number of special traditions associated with the holiday period – ranging from Christmas dinners to “sticky floors” to New Year’s levees.
December 20, 2019

A man wearing flying gear stands on the wing of an aircraft, leaning against the fuselage.

100th birthday of Thomas W. Dowbiggin

December 3, 2019, marks the 100th birthday of  Squadron Leader (retired) Thomas W. Dowbiggin, who served as a Second World War Spitfire pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 401 Squadron.
December 3, 2019

Four people dressed in Air Force uniforms salute, as snow falls. They are surrounded by a crowd of people.

Wing Commander William Barker remembered

On November 11, 2019, the RCAF participated in a Remembrance Day ceremony at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto, where Wing Commander William Barker, VC, is interred. Here are remarks from Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger, commander of the RCAF.
November 22, 2019

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