540 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron was formed under a charter granted by the Air Cadet League of Canada on 26 November 1951.

In 1959, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force as well as the 50th anniversary of powered flight in Canada, the Royal Canadian Air Force formed a flight demonstration team known as the “Golden Hawks”. The team was equipped with Canadair-built, Orenda-powered F-86 Sabre Mark 6 Aircraft and was acknowledged as the best flight demonstration team in the world.

When the team was disbanded in 1964, 540 Sqn petitioned the federal government to assume the unit’s name and identity as its own. The Department of National Defense granted permission in 1968 and since that time 540 Sqn has been proud to officially carry the Golden Hawks name.

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Former Commanders

Many former Cadet Squadron Commanders, and other senior cadets, graduated from the Cadet Program and went on to have very successful flying, military, and policing careers. If they were to be asked, most – if not all of them – would credit their many successes and accomplishments to the time they spent with 540 Sqn.

Training Year Commanding Officer Cadet Squadron Commander
2016-2017 Maj Lisa LaCombe WO1 Anthony Vukojevic
2015-2016 WO1 Paul Samayoa, WO1 Sage Mukherjee
2014-2015 WO1 Anirudh Nathan
2013-2014 Maj Denise Ohanian-May WO1 Demyan Plakhov
2012-2013 WO1 Alexander De Cotiis
2011-2012 WO1 Christopher Wright
2010-2011 WO1 Vinitra Nathan
2009-2010 FSgt Michael Sadkowski, WO2 Azhar Sayed
2008-2009 Capt Andrew Thomson WO2 Melanie Nikolevski, FSgt Alex Dia
2007-2008 WO2 Paul Smith
2006-2007 WO1 Graham Eve
2005-2006 WO1 Henry Whitfield
2004-2005 Capt Shelly Sinkia-Cox WO1 Lloyd Canis
2003-2004 WO2 Meaghan King
2002-2003 WO1 James Crowe
2001-2002 Maj Don Bryce WO1 James Crowe
2000-2001 WO1 Felipe Pareja, WO1 Gaurav Kapoor
1999-2000 WO1 John Tschofen
1998-1999 WO1 Ashleigh Cottrell
1997-1998 Capt Keith Smith WO1 Ryan Edge, WO1 Chris Lyons
1996-1997 Maj Mike Boyle WO1 Anthony Muench
1995-1996 Maj John R. Scott WO1 Simon Allen, WO1 Dan Holdbrook
1994-1995 WO1 Simon Allen
1993-1994 Capt Hosek WO1 Justin Seet, WO1 Jeff Scott
1992-1993 WO1 Edward Sculthorpe
1991-1992 WO1 David Poustie
1990-1991 Maj Sparks WO1 Gary Jonker
1989-1990 Maj Brierley WO1 Sue Cavanaugh
1988-1989 WO1 Tom Hinton, WO1 Charlotte Koo
1987-1988 WO1 Paul Zibotics, WO1 Chris Richinson
1986-1987 WO1 Nigel Biggs
1985-1986 Capt Châteauvert WO1 Karen Smith
1984-1985 WO1 Sousa, WO1 Robert Di Gennaro
1983-1984 WO1 Muldoon (?)
1982-1983
1981-1982
1980-1981 WO1 Jackie Daw (?)
1979-1980 ?
1978-1979
1977-1978 Maj Fred Edgeworth
1975-1976
1974-1975 Capt Frank Begley
1973-1974
1972-1973
1971-1972
1970-1971
1969-1970
1968-1969 Capt Grant Spragg
1967-1968
1966-1967
1965-1966
1964-1965 F/L Harold Kelly
1963-1964
1962-1963
1961-1962
1960-1961
1959-1960
1958-1959
1957-1958
1956-1957 F/L Kenneth C. Chambers
1955-1956
1954-1955
1953-1954
1952-1953
1951-1952