Excelsior is the newsletter of the RCAF Reserve.

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Colonel Shawn Marley, Director RCAF Reserve

From the Director: Quality of Life, Quality of Service for the RCAF Reserve

Quality of Life, Quality of Service for the RCAF Reserve
July 8, 2020

Master Corporal Lindsey Sanders is presented the 2019 RCAF Reserve Junior NCM of the Year Award

ICYMI: RCAF Reserve Junior NCM of the Year (2019)

Master Corporal Lindsey Sanders, Senior Human Resource Administrator with the 17 RCAF Reserve Flight in Winnipeg was recognized as the “RCAF Reserve Junior NCM of the Year.”
July 8, 2020

Presentation of the Joint Task Force Nijmegen coin to Corporal Robert Ouellette

Imagery Technician Recognized for Support to JTF Nijmegen 2019

Corporal Robert Ouellette, 22 Wing Imagery Technician received a letter of appreciation and coin for his outstanding artistic design of the Four Days Marches Nijmegen collage produced in June 2019.
July 8, 2020

IARS 2019

Canada a leader in the International Air Reserve Symposium

International Air Reserve Symposium 2019 was hosted by the Royal Danish Air Force at the Frederiksberg Palace, home of the Royal Danish Military Academy, in Copenhagen, Denmark from 11 – 14 September 2019.
July 8, 2020

RAWC Crest

ASIP: All that’s missing is YOU!

The Royal Canadian Air Force Aerospace Warfare Centre is actively seeking officers and non-commissioned members to fill close to 50 Air Reserve positions in the newly established Air & Space Integration Programme.
July 8, 2020

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Anniversary of the Air Operations Support Technician Occupation

The first Reserve-only occupation, Air Operations Support Technician, in the Royal Canadian Air Force marks its first official anniversary on 30 June, 2020.
July 8, 2020

Second Lieutenant Randy Bilodeau

22 Wing the Best of Both Worlds for this Reserve Officer

An interview with Second Lieutenant Randy Bilodeau, Royal Canadian Air Force Reserve Logistics Officer at 22 Wing/Canadian Forces Base North Bay.
July 8, 2020


DYK? The FORCE Rewards Program has Expanded

As of 1 January, 2020, the FORCE Reward Program has been expanded to include Reserve Class A, B, and C.
July 8, 2020

Winter 2020

Pick me

Pick Me! Professional Development Opportunities for RCAF Reservists

RCAF Reserve members are eligible for numerous CAF courses and formal training, but did you know that there are a variety of international professional development (PD) opportunities that are offered specifically to Canada’s Reserve Force members?
January 27, 2020

Cpl Travis Valliquette

Max Flex: The Air Operations Support Technician

Corporal Travis Valliquette joined the RCAF Reserve in Sept, 2017 and is an Air Operations Support Technician at 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron at 8 Wing in Trenton, Ontario. For this issue of Excelsior, we asked him to describe his occupation as he has experienced it.
January 27, 2020

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Young Reserve Officers Workshop: Modern Diplomacy in a Medieval Setting

The annual Young Reserve Officers Workshop, a professional development program held concurrently with the annual Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers Summer Congress, was held in Tallinn, Estonia from 4-9 August, 2019.
January 27, 2020

CWO Keith Mitchell receives his CWO Scroll

The RCAF Reserve Celebrates a New CWO

The RCAF Reserve celebrated a milestone occasion on 20 September, 2019 when Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Keith Mitchell, RCAF Reserve Careers Chief, received his CWO Scroll.
January 27, 2020

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Did you know? Military Family Services Aren’t Just for Regular Force Members!

Military families come in all forms: they consist of any Canadian Armed Forces' personnel, whether Regular and Reserve Force, and include their spouses, children, parents, relatives of significance, or anyone else who self-identifies as the family of a military member.
January 27, 2020

Fall 2019

Canada on the podium

Canada on the Podium

The RCAF team took third place in the 20th edition of Exercise AIR RAID held from June 7 to 9 at 942 Lyon Air Base, Mont Verdun, France.
October 4, 2019

Air Reserve Command Team

From the Director and CWO: Welcome to the new Excelsior!

It’s a great time to be part of the RCAF Reserve, with new occupations under development, a recently adjusted pay scale along with unique opportunities for professional development.
October 4, 2019

2Lt Lydia Brownlow from the UK and Capt Richard Ackroyd at the Young Reserve Officer’s Workshop held in Finland earlier this year.

“Hei” There: Young Reserve Officer’s Workshop in Tuusula, Finland

The Young Reserve Officer’s Workshop is an annual event hosted by the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers, an organization that represents over 1.3 million reservists in 34 NATO and allied countries. Capt Scott McDowell, an Intelligence Officer with 414 Electronic Warfare Support Squadron in Ottawa, attended this year’s workshop, held in Tuusula, Finland from 27 February to 2 March, 2019. 
October 4, 2019


ICYMI: We have a new Reserve Pay Structure

As promised in Canada’s defence policy, Reserve Force pay has been restructured to align with Regular Force pay where the demands of service are similar.The new methodology for the Reserve Force applies the same base pay the Regular Force receives, plus the elements of the Military Factor that apply to reservists.
October 4, 2019

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