3 Wing Bagotville

3 Wing Bagotville is located at Canadian Forces Base Bagotville in Quebec's Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. The goal of 3 Wing, under the operational command of 1 Canadian Air Division (1 CAD), is to protect Canada and Canadians, defend North America and promote peace and international security. Equipped with CF-188 Hornets, it is one of two fighter aircraft units in Canada.

3 wing consists of several divisions which include primarily the deputy commander, mission support squadron, and health care divisions. There is also the operation support squadron, which oversees activities relating to the support and distribution of operational tasks, 12 radar squadron (12 RS), 3 air maintenance squadron (3 AMS) and 439 combat support squadron equipped with Griffon helicopters for combat support, as well as search and rescue.

History

The Bagotville Station was built in July 1942 to provide a training base for pilots and protect the Alcan and hydro-electric facilities in the area during World War II, hence its motto "Defend the Saguenay".

Closed at the end of the war, the station was re-opened in 1951 as a training base for the squadrons serving with the Canadian Division in Europe and to support the air defense operations of the newly formed Canadian and American forces that would become NORAD in 1958.Following implementation of the wing concept in the Air Force, 3 wing, which in succession served Canada at Zweibrücken from 1952 to 1968 and at Lahr from 1988 to 1992, was reconstituted at Bagotville on 1 April 1993.

Read more about the history of 3 Wing Bagotville.

Squadrons

Equipment

Wing badge

"Vanguard of liberty"

Significance: The eagle symbolizes the strength, swiftness, and fighting spirit of the unit. The Three maple leaves relate to the unit’s name.

Command team

Colonel Normand Gagné

Colonel Normand Gagné

Chief Warrant Officer

Chief Warrant Officer Pascal Turcotte, MSM, CD

Chief Warrant Officer Pascal Turcotte, MSM, CD

Wing news

Join the RCAF - Dare to be extraordinary

Join the RCAF - Dare to be extraordinary

Join the RCAF - Dare to be extraordinary
February 1, 2020

People in full regalia parade on grass.

RCAF Tartan: How it all began

In 1942, the RCAF tartan and the first RCAF Pipe Band came into being side by side under the guidance of Group Captain Elmer G. Fullerton at No. 9 Service Flying Training School at Summerside, Prince Edward Island.
April 6, 2021

A single image of portions of three air force badges, all portraying an eagle at their centre.

RCAF celebrates 97 years of service

The Royal Canadian Air Force was officially born on April 1, 1924. However, its roots go back to 1917, and the establishment of the Royal Flying Corps Canada in southern Ontario.
April 1, 2021

A photo of a man wearing a blue military uniform with medals. Behind him is a Canadian flag.

Drive, service a way to give back

Chief Warrant Officer Keith Mitchell could add two more years to his exceptional, 40-plus year military service, culminating in his award of the Cross of Valour, but he’s calling it a career on March 31, 2021.
March 31, 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

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Contact information

3 Wing Bagotville
PO Box 5000 Station Bureau-Chef
Alouette QC  G0V 1A0

Public Affairs Officer

Phone: 418-677-4145
Fax: 418-677-4073
Email: 3EscBagotville@forces.gc.ca