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.

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New online career tool will aid the transition to civilian life

MNET is a military-to-civilian or civilian-to-military job translator. Its goal is to help serving military personnel and veterans transition to civilian life. It is available to the public at no cost.
February 14, 2018

Four people in military uniforms and two in civilian clothing, each holding a large flag on a pole, stand on the surface of a hockey arena with a large crowd behind them.

Retired Air Force Colours entrusted to Toronto Maple Leafs

On February 10, 2018, the RCAF’s retired Colours (unique military flags) were entrusted to the guardianship of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team.
February 13, 2018

Three people wearing air force uniforms stand beside each other. Two are jointly holding a certificate in a folder.

Junior RCAF member commended for innovative concept

A junior member of the RCAF received a commendation from the Chief of the Defence Staff for her innovative approach to communicating about sexual misconduct issues in the Canadian Armed Forces.
February 12, 2018

CFS Alert welcomes first female station warrant officer

Last month, Master Warrant Officer Renee Hansen was appointed station warrant officer at Canadian Forces Station Alert, Nunavut, becoming the first woman to hold this position since Alert’s inception in the early 1950s.
January 31, 2018

A large yellow helicopter hovers in sunshine just above the sea in front of a small vessel, with low-lying land in the background.

Watching the waves with the Canadian Coast Guard

“Boat Camp”, held in and off the coast of Prince Edward Island, refreshes search and rescue training for 413 Transport and Rescue Squadron CH-149 Cormorant helicopter crews.
January 29, 2018

Leading Aircraftman Stan Rivers (on the wing) and Leading Aircraftman Ken Allenby of 402 “Bear” Squadron, paint D-Day markings on an Allied aircraft.

Operation Overlord: D-Day Remembered

Royal Canadian Air Force squadrons had already been involved for several months in bombing key enemy targets in the invasion area. Now, RCAF squadrons were among 171 Allied squadrons that attacked on D-Day—June 6, 1944.
June 6, 2018

A man, woman and child look at items laid out on a table covered in a tartan tablecloth

Lost Canadian Banshee pilot remembered in Ottawa

More than 60 years ago, Lieutenant Barry Troy disappeared when his Banshee fighter jet crashed off the coast of Florida. On April 27, 2018, members of the Troy family gathered with personnel from the Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Canadian Navy to pay tribute to his memory.
June 1, 2018

Side-by-side photos of a man. On the left, in black and white, he is young, wearing a flight suit and helmet; on the right, in colour, he is older, wearing an open-necked civilian shirt.

Colonel Ralph Hamilton Annis, January 11, 1931 – May 14, 2018

Colonel Ralph Annis will be laid to rest on Saturday, June 2, 2018.
May 28, 2018

Hundreds of uniformed people arrange themselves on tarmac to form the words “LOGGIE-FIVE-0”

Retired supply technician has huge effect on Logistics Branch 50th anniversary

Some 350 Canadian Armed Forces logisticians gather for a photo to mark the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Forces Logistics Branch.
May 25, 2018

A black-and-white photograph of a young man wearing an air force uniform and staring intently at the camera, superimposed on a colour photograph of a blue sky with light clouds.

How “Screwball” Beurling got his nickname

Flight Sergeant George Beurling soared to fame in the skies over Second World War Malta, and chafed at life on the ground.
May 18, 2018

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