Excelsior

Excelsior is the newsletter of the RCAF Reserve.

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Every year, the RCAF Reserve takes the opportunity to recognize one deserving junior NCM amid our organization for their hard work, dedication, leadership by example, dress, deportment and their achievements ─both on and off duty─ over the past year.
December 13, 2021

On 24 June, 2021, during a visit to 22 Wing/Canadian Forces Base North Bay (Ontario), which included the Canadian Air Defence Sector, Chief Petty Officer First Class Gilles Grégoire, Canadian Armed Forces Chief Warrant Officer, presented the Canadian Armed Forces Chief’s coin to Warrant Officer Stephan Jaworski.
December 13, 2021

Meet the new director of the RCAF Reserve.
December 13, 2021

On Monday, 15 November 2021, when 442 (Transport and Rescue) Squadron from Comox, British Columbia, deployed a CH-149 Cormorant helicopter on a domestic operations mission it had an unusual crew member on board. The Op LENTUS mission was launched to airlift more than 300 stranded motorists on a washed out portion of Highway 7 in the small community of Agassiz, BC.
December 13, 2021

The RCAF Reserve is great way to continue serving for those with a desire to transition from the Regular Forcewhich comes with the benefit of employing experienced personnel in key positions if needed immediately.
December 13, 2021

Beyond personal well-being, meeting the CAF fitness standard can open reservists to increased employment opportunities.
December 13, 2021

Be sure to bookmark the page in your internet favourites for easy access to RCAF news!
December 13, 2021

Excelsior, Winter 2021
March 11, 2021

On 15 January, 2021, Commanding Officer Lieutenant-Colonel Ryan Sexsmith welcomed the newest member, Aviator Ervin Quintos, to the 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron (443 (MH) Sqn) family.
March 11, 2021

On 11 December, 2020 4 Wing welcomed four brand new recruits who were enrolled in the Royal Canadian Air Force Reserve.
March 11, 2021

Redefining oneself can happen at any time in a person’s life and for any reason. For Aviator Marc Church, his inspiration was the birth of his son in 2019.
March 11, 2021

Sarah Kelly was looking for a challenge and a way to contribute to her community when she heard about the opportunity to become an Air Operations Support Technician as a reservist in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
March 11, 2021

Interview with Corporal Jeff Pesklevits.
March 11, 2021

On October 13, 2020 Brigadier-General Ed Vaughn, Deputy Commander Canadian NORAD Region, and Deputy Joint Forces Air Component Commander, recognized the achievements of Corporal Monique Huynh and Officer Cadet Jordan Sawchuk.
March 11, 2021

205 RCAF reservists on Class C duty deployed for or participated in Operation LASER in 2020
March 11, 2021

Did you know that there are many career opportunities available for senior non-commissioned members who aspire to senior leadership in the RCAF?
November 1, 2020

On August 20, 2020, the 8 Wing Trenton Air Reserve Flight enrolled six brand new recruits into the RCAF Reserve in the largest enrollment ceremony conducted in Trenton, Ontario in over two years.
November 1, 2020

Aviator (Avr) Kiana Hynes was enrolled in the RCAF Reserve at 4 Wing, Cold Lake, Alberta, on 5 November, 2020 in the presence of her family.
November 1, 2020

A New Trajectory to Air Maintainer
November 1, 2020

Sergeant Yves Desfossés has dedicated 33 years to the Royal Canadian Air Force and Canada in both the Regular Force and the Primary Reserves. On July 16, 2020, he received the Air Reservist of the Year Award for his excellent work.
September 25, 2020

Corporal Annabelle Villeneuve was honoured for her fifteen years of volunteer work throughout Canada with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers on July 16, 2020.
September 18, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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