AIR COMMAND (1975-2011)


In 1975, Air Command organized its command and control structure into five groups, with Air Reserve Group being established the following year. This structure of groups remained in place until 1997.


Fighter group Badge

Fighter group (FG), headquartered in North Bay, Ontario, controlled fighter aircraft and liaised with the NORAD command centre in Colorado Springs.

1 Canadian Air Group Badge

1 Canadian Air Group (1 CAG), headquartered in Baden-Soellingen, West Germany, was responsible for air operations in Europe.

Maritime Air Group Badge

Maritime Air Group (MAG), headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with a detachment at Esquimalt, British Columbia, commanded maritime air assets.

10 Tactical Air Group Badge

10 Tactical Air Group (10 TAG), headquartered in St. Hubert, Quebec, was responsible for the operation of Mobile Command (Army) air assets

Air Reserve Group Badge

Air Reserve Group (ARG), headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, was formed in 1976 and was responsible for Air Command reservists.

Air Transport Group Badge

Air Transport Group (ATG), headquartered in Trenton, Ontario, was responsible for air transport and search and rescue operations.



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