1 Wing Kingston

1 Wing Kingston is located at Canadian Forces Base Kingston. It is the home of Canada’s tactical aviation capability. Equipped with a mixed fleet of CH-146 Griffon and CH-147F Chinook helicopters, 1 Wing provides integrated tactical aviation airpower effects for the Canadian Army, the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command, and the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) as part of Canada’s national and international objectives. Our personnel are highly trained, dedicated professionals who maintain a culture of uncompromising standards, safety and operational fitness to deliver combat-effective airpower. 1 Wing consists of a Formation Headquarters and seven Total Force (employing both Regular and Reserve force personnel) RCAF squadrons distributed across Canada.


The oldest Wing in Canadian military aviation, No. 1 Canadian Wing Royal Air Force was formed in 1919 and disbanded in 1920. Over the following decades, 1 Wing was re-instated and moved several times: Winnipeg, 1925; Montreal, 1950, in the RCAF Reserve Group as part of Air Defence Command with operational responsibility for the defence of North America; England, 1951, in support of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO); Marville, France, 1955; and Lahr, Germany, in 1967.

Read more about the history of 1 Wing Kingston.



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Peaceful yet armed

Command team

Colonel Michael (Mike) Babin

Colonel Michael (Mike) Babin

Chief Warrant Officer Lori White, CD

Chief Warrant Officer Lori White, CD

Wing news

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1 Wing delivers holiday smiles by helicopter to children at local hospitals

The home of Canada’s tactical aviation is collaborating with three Canadian hospitals to raise spirits and funds for toys for pediatric units during the holiday season. 
December 7, 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

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Collaboration ensures mission success

Collaboration is an essential learning opportunity for both candidates and ground troops supporting the  Basic Tactical Aviation Course (BTAC) at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Suffield, and further improves Air/Land integration in a very practical and tactical way.
November 17, 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

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Military Family Appreciation Day: RCAF Command Team thanks military families

Military Family Appreciation Day: RCAF Command Team thanks military families
September 20, 2021

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Contact Information

1 Wing Headquarters
Sergeant KS Smith CD Building
Canadian Forces Base Kingston
PO Box 17000 Stn Forces
Kingston ON  K7K 7B4

Public Affairs Officer

Phone: 613-541-5010 Ext 8251

Fax: 613-540-8222
Email: 1wingpublicaffairs@forces.gc.ca