38 Canadian Brigade Group

Badge and Motto

38 Canadian Brigade Group Badge

 “Ever forward never back” 


38 Canadan Brigade Group Commander

Colonel Ross Ermel

Brigade Sergeant Major

38 Canadan Brigade Group Sergeant Major

Chief Warrant Officer
Albert Boucher


17 Wing
PO Box Station Forces 17000
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3J 3Y5

38 Canadian Brigade Group in action

Following a deliberate attack during an exercise, soldiers from 38 Canadian Brigade Group scan their arcs of fire for enemy activity.

Who We Are

38 Canadian Brigade Group (38 CBG) is an Army Reserve Formation of 3rd Canadian Division, headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 38 CBG comprises a Headquarters, located in Winnipeg, and 13 Army Reserve units distributed throughout Northwestern Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Beyond the borders of the Army, and into their communities, soldiers from every 38 CBG unit support more than 20 separate charities within their respective towns and cities. The Children’s Hospital Foundation (Winnipeg), Sunshine Foundation (Thunder Bay) and the Children’s Health Foundation (Regina) are a few organizations that have benefited from the selfless dedication of the men and women who proudly wear a uniform.


Our History

38 CBG was established on April 1, 1997 after the amalgamation of the previous two districts—Manitoba Lakehead District and Saskatchewan District. 38 CBG comprises a Headquarters, located in Winnipeg, and 13 Army Reserve units distributed throughout Northwestern Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

In remembering the past, 38 CBG units carry the honour of having received a total of ten Victoria Crosses awarded to its soldiers during times of war. This is the largest representation of VC winners of the three Western Reserve brigades.

Today, soldiers from 38 CBG are actively involved in their role as Canada’s citizen soldiers. Members have served in domestic operations such as Operation Assistance (1997 Manitoba Floods), Operation Mandolin (1999 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg), Operation Abacus (Year 2000 computer threat) Operation Grizzly (G 7 Summit 2002) and Operation Peregrine (2003 British Columbia Forest Fire Emergency).


  • Group photoSaskatchewan soldiers recognized for lengthy service

    Protective Services Medal handed out in Regina
    November 21, 2014

  • Plaque - Lake StrachanNorth-Manitoban Lake Dedicated to an FGH Victoria Cross recipient now Marked with Plaque

    On August 10, 2014, six paddlers led by Honorary Lieutenant Colonel Bob Williams (of The Fort Garry Horse) began their trek into the harsh northern wilderness of Manitoba to Harcus Strachan Lake, which, in 2013, was named after Victoria Cross recipient Lieutenant Colonel Harcus Strachan, VC, MC — a member of The Fort Garry Horse during The First World War.
    October 29, 2014

  • The Vigil Party rests on arms reverseAfghanistan Memorial Vigil Visits Manitoba on its Cross-Country Journey

    From September 16 - 20, the beautifully-crafted Afghanistan Memorial Vigil found its home of reverence in the Manitoba Legislative Building, Winnipeg, so that Manitoban’s had the opportunity to remember Canada’s commitment to the war on terror.
    October 3, 2014

  • Canadian Armed Forces personnel in Manitoba assisting the Province with the floodOperation LENTUS 14-05

    Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) deployed members to assist the Province of Manitoba in flood mitigation in July 2014, after a state of emergency was declared.
    July 7, 2014

  • A paratrooper hits the ground a few seconds after Bravo Company of the 3rd Battalion of Princess Patricia's Light Infantry (PPCLI) jump out of the side door of a C-130 Hercules.Edmonton soldiers tackle the High Arctic

    Approximately 500 soldiers from the Canadian Army will participate in Exercise ARCTIC RAM from 13 to 26 February in Kugaaruk, Nunavut. Exercise ARCTIC RAM is a comprehensive winter-training exercise designed to provide soldiers with an exciting and challenging opportunity to develop their individual and collective skills in Arctic operations.
    February 13, 2014