38 Canadian Brigade Group

Badge and Motto

38 Canadian Brigade Group Badge

PROGREDERE NE REGREDERE
 “Ever forward never back” 

Commander

38 Canadan Brigade Group Commander - Col Aberthorpe

Colonel G.A. Abthorpe

Brigade Sergeant Major

38 Canadan Brigade Group Sergeant Major

Chief Warrant Officer
Albert Boucher

Contact

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.

Units

Our History

38 Canadian Brigade Group (38 CBG) was established on 1 April 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 operation roles 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) Operation PEREGRINE (2003 British Columbia Forest Fire Emergency), and Operation LUSTRE (2011 Manitoba Floods).

As well, 38 CBG Reservists continue to dedicate themselves to ongoing peacemaking/peacekeeping missions including Operation ATTENTION (NATO – Afghanistan Training Mission), Operation SOPRANO (UN – In support of Independence in South Sudan), Operation HUB (NATO – Kuwait Support to Afghanistan Training Mission)

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.

38 CBG is the largest grouping of all the Western brigades.

News

Dr. Emőke Szathmáry

The Royal Winnipeg Rifles Appoint New Honorary Colonel

 Dr. Emőke Szathmáry was installed to the esteemed position, of Honorary Colonel of Royal Winnipeg Rifles last November.  Born in Hungary, and having spent six years in a German refugee camp, HCol Szathmáry came to Canada in 1951 and became a Canadian citizen in 1956.
February 4, 2016

Colonel Geoffrey Abthorpe

38 CBG Commander Featured in New Documentary: War Story Afghanistan

Two of War Story Afghanistan’s six episodes will focus on Colonel Geoffrey Abthorpe, who commanded Canadian troops to victory through Operation Medusa in September 2006.
January 27, 2016

Members of 38 Canadian Brigade Group ride snowmobile

Arctic Response Company Group makes the most of their First Run

The members of the Arctic Response Company Group (ARCG) out on the ice of Lake Winnipeg for Exercise First Run, preparing to go to Resolute Bay, Nunavut for Exercise Arctic Ram.
January 25, 2016

38 CBG Public Affairs team

Command Team Commendation for 38 CBG Public Affairs

Last May, the 38 Canadian Brigade Group (CBG) Public Affairs team, headed by Senior Public Affairs Officer Major Mike Lagace, received a Commanders Commendation from the 38 CBG Command Team.
January 21, 2016

Private Jared Fitzjohn and Master Corporal April Masson

Feeling the warmth on Combined Training 4

It was not your normal winter training exercise when members from around the 38 Canadian Brigade Group descended upon CFB Shilo for Exercise Tatanka on Combined Training Weekend #4 from December 4 - 6. With daytime temperatures reaching towards double digits, there was almost no snow at all to contend with.
December 15, 2015

final attack - Exercise Bison

Final Attack - Exercise BISON WARRIOR

It was time to observe the final assault against the enemy forces wreaking havoc against the  good citizens and protecting soldiers of 38 Canadian Brigade Group.
September 30, 2015

Ex Bison Warrior

Another domestic deployment to support a province in need - Op LENTUS ’15

Check fire! Another domestic deployment to support a province in need - Op LENTUS ’15- the ravaging forest fires in Northern Saskatchewan.
September 22, 2015

Soldiers get briefed

Working with the United States Army during Ex BISON WARRIOR

The United States Army arrived to be co-joined, and even enemy force, for 38 Canadian Brigade Group’s major warfighting exercise - BISON WARRIOR ’15- in Shilo, Manitoba 15-23 August.
September 9, 2015

Lieut.-Col. Stephen Gallagher with  His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston

Chief of Staff 38 CBG Appointed to Order of Military Merit

Lieut.-Col. Stephen Gallagher was awarded the prestigious Member of Military Merit (MMM) last June at the Order of Military Merit investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, bestowed the honour on June 8th.
September 9, 2015

preparing for fire suppression operations

A ‘Thank You’ from your JTFW Commander

Once again, the troops of Joint Task Force West have distinguished themselves as the dedicated ambassadors of our profession in north central Saskatchewan.
September 1, 2015

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