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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RCAF pilot gets at-risk Indigenous youth up in the sky

With a mission and vision of helping young people transform their outlook and lives through exposure to aviation, Captain Joshua Cordery create the Eagle’s Wings program.
December 2, 2021

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Excellence at work and in the community results in Latin Excellence Award

Fuerza Latina Community Services, a volunteer organization within the Greater Toronto Area, celebrates the accomplishments of Captain Rogger Guzman-Bucheli,
November 29, 2021

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Exercise STRIKING BAT 21 hit it out of the park

Exercise STRIKING BAT 21 recently concluded at United States Marine Corps (USMC) Air Ground Combat Centre Twentynine Palms, California.
November 26, 2021

Motorcycles on a road

Moving Forward

What do you do to cope when you’re struggling? Do you go for a run? Do you read a book? Do you meditate or do yoga? For those behind the group #MovingForward, riding their motorcycles gives them something positive to focus on when something is weighing on them. 
November 26, 2021

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408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron Awarded the Air Marshal W.A. Bishop VC Memorial Trophy

408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron (THS) has been awarded the trophy for 2020 to recognize the tremendous efforts put forth by the unit to provide assistance to the RCMP on April 23, 2020.
November 24, 2021

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A life celebrated – Brigadier-General (retd) Sheila Hellstrom

On October 16, 2021 at Hillcrest Cemetery in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, a celebration of life was held for Brigadier-General (retired) Sheila Hellstrom, a remarkable trailblazer in the Canadian Armed Forces.
November 22, 2021

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Editorial: Why I remember

I encourage Canadians to take time during National Veterans’ Week 2021 to consider who you will be remembering on November 11th and why.
November 10, 2021

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RCAF’s First Female Tactical Helicopter Pilot Retires

A pioneer who blazed the trail for future female Tactical Helicopter pilots, Claire De Repentigny retires after more than 30 years of service.
November 3, 2021

A family together

Reclaiming her Indigenous identity is a family affair for Corporal Windy Lafreniere

MCpl Lafreniere is on a journey to discover more about her Indigenous connections and to instill a strong sense of identity, culture and pride in her three children.
August 9, 2021

A member of the RCAF and a Snowbirds aircraft

50 years of tradition

Led by Major Glen Younghusband, the Snowbird's performance 50 years ago was the first major airshow performance of approximately 2,700 official airshows the team has now flown over the last 50 years across North America.
August 6, 2021

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