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.

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

A man wearing an orange jumpsuit and a blue hat looks outside the window of an aircraft.

When the standard is integrity: Most senior RCAF SAR Tech honoured to be part of that team

“I don’t count years, and I have no regrets. I love being a SAR Tech. It’s an honour to be part of that team,” says Sergeant André Hotton, who’s been a SAR Tech for thirty years, making him the most senior SAR technician in the RCAF.
October 13, 2020

A woman wearing a camouflage uniform sits at the wheel of a vehicle.

Supply Technicians - Profiling Warrant Officer Sandra Leaman, 12 Air Maintenance Squadron

Described by her chain of command as “a team player who always volunteers time for her unit,” Warrant Officer Sandra Leaman won the 12 Wing Shearwater Air Person of the Year Award for her dedication and work ethic.
October 8, 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.
October 6, 2020

A group of people playing bagpipes, wearing blue jackets, blue and maroon tartan kilts and tall black feather hats are led by a similarly dressed man wearing an ornate sash and carrying an ornate staff who is gesturing to his right.

RCAF marks 77th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

The Royal Canadian Air Force marked the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Britain today with a ceremony in Gatineau, Quebec.
September 17, 2017

Thirty uniformed men gather for a photograph in a low-ceilinged room.

Battle of Britain Sunday

RCAF aircrew and groundcrew contributed to the Allied victory in the Battle of Britain. Here are some of those heroes of a victory that would be carried as a talisman in the hearts of every Allied combatant in the Second World War.
September 15, 2017

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No. 242 “Canadian” Squadron revisited

No. 242 had been formed in October 1939 as an all-Canadian unit within the Royal Air Force (RAF). The idea was largely one of optics—it made for good press in Canada to have such a unit operating before a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) presence could be established. Only about 40 per cent of the ground crews were Canadian, but all of the pilots (with one exception) were Canadians who had enrolled directly in the RAF before the war.
September 12, 2017

A Hurricane is re-armed while a section flies overhead. From the photo album of Flying Officer R.W.G. Norris, from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, who served with No. 1 Squadron during the Battle of Britain.

The unsung heroes of the Battle of Britain: The groundcrew of No. 1 (RCAF) Squadron

The groundcrew and support staff who allowed the fighter pilots to do their job of destroying the enemy were the unsung heroes of the Battle of Britain.
September 11, 2017

Two pilots race to their awaiting Hurricanes.

Among Canada’s “Few”: The RCAF’s No. 1 Squadron in the Battle of Britain

The Royal Canadian Air Force’s No. 1 Squadron’s contribution to the Battle of Britain represents the first time our nation sent an expeditionary air force into battle in a coalition environment.
September 11, 2017

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