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

COVID-19

National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces – COVID-19

The latest information and resources for military and civilian members of the Defence Team related to the rapidly evolving 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the steps being taken to minimize the risk to our military and civilian members.
March 19, 2020

Join the RCAF - Dare to be extraordinary

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February 1, 2020

Two men in green flight suits unveil a badge on a stand. Behind them are three flags.

New aircrew badge announcement made at 22 Wing North Bay

On October 23, 2020, LGen Al Meinzinger, Commander of the RCAF, unveiled the new Airborne Warning and Control System aircrew badge that qualified Aerospace Controllers and Aerospace Control Operators will receive.
October 23, 2020

Two men and a woman wearing military camouflage uniforms stand on a runway. The man on the right gives a medal to the woman, who is in the centre. Behind the three people is a big yellow and red helicopter.

Lieutenant-Colonel Lisa Baspaly-Hays, Commander of 9 Wing Gander, receives the United States’ Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Commander of 9 Wing Gander, Lieutenant-Colonel Lisa Baspaly-Hays, whose outstanding leadership and ceaseless efforts strengthened collaboration between the United States’ and Canada’s intelligence forces, received the U.S. Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
October 20, 2020

Five women running on a track during a competition.

Track and field for Masters Athletes 6: understanding energy systems

This is the sixth in a series of articles covering all aspects of Masters Athletes’ training and nutrition for track and field events. Here, we will take a look at how properly planned training will greatly impact your success.
October 16, 2020

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Contact information

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

Public Affairs Officer

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