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

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

multi-purpose engineering vehicle

Op LENTUS 15-02 - Royal Canadian Engineers

A large contingent of soldiers and aviators from the 3rd Canadian Division spooled up to aid the province of Saskatchewan in fighting over 100 wildfires threatening the safety and infrastructure of its citizens.
August 28, 2015

A soldier receives his personal protective equipment

Thank you Saskatchewan

I wish to thank the people of Saskatchewan for their support in ensuring my soldiers from 38 Canadian Brigade Group, indeed their own soldiers of Saskatchewan, the time away from their families and work in support of the forest firefighting north of Prince Albert.
August 28, 2015

New experiences in fighting fires for CAF members in northern Saskatchewan

The CAF was prepared to deploy up to 1,500 troops after receiving the request for help. A total of 850 members of the Immediate Response Unit (IRU) were trained and deployed to the fire line in the vicinities of Montreal Lake and La Ronge.
July 24, 2015

Change of Command signing

38 Canadian Brigade Group Changes Command

On June 13, Colonel Ross Ermel, Commander, 38 Canadian Brigade Group (38 CBG) passed on command of the organization to Colonel Geoffrey Abthorpe at Minto Armouries in Winnipeg.
June 26, 2015

A group of young people in military camouflage uniforms speak with an Army Sergeant Major in uniform in a room full of people.

New military high school co-op program launched in Regina by 38 Canadian Brigade Group

Regina, Sask — Regina students can receive military training for high school credit while being paid as Canadian Armed Forces Reservists with 38 Canadian Brigade Group in a co-op program launched February 4, 2015.
March 12, 2015

Soldiers on light over snow vehicles

Extreme Conditions on Ex ARCTIC BISON 2015

150 soldiers of the Arctic Response Company Group (ARCG) embarked on what proved to be a true test of both character and equipment on the ice of Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba.
March 4, 2015

Exercise ARCTIC BISON 2015

Exercise ARCTIC BISON 2015  will be conducted by 38 Canadian Brigade Group  from 13-22 February 2015 along the length of Lake Winnipeg.  
February 17, 2015

Regina Co-op Students Enrol in Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve

Ten Regina high school students enroled as new members of the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve at a ceremony at the Regina Armoury on February 2, 2015.
February 4, 2015

Group photo

Saskatchewan soldiers recognized for lengthy service

Protective Services Medal handed out in Regina
November 21, 2014

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