Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force

The Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), located at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, is also Chief of Air Force Staff. As the senior Air Force officer in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), they act as an advisor to the Chief of the Defence Staff on matters regarding air and space military capabilities to meet Canada’s defence objectives.

Specifically, they are responsible for:

  • Commanding the RCAF
  • Developing, generating and maintaining operationally ready air and space capabilities and personnel
  • Providing advice on matters of national defence and security relevant to the domains of air and space
  • Providing input to the development of the CAF structure
  • Providing input to plans for CAF operations that include military air and space assets
  • Exercising command of assigned forces and conducting force generation for any routine operations that may be assigned

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