1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group News

Colonel William Fletcher, Commander of 1 CMBG, shakes the hand of a soldier to be deployed

Edmonton soldiers deploy to lead NATO battlegroup in Latvia

Edmonton, Alberta – Throughout early and mid-June 2017, 450 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members deployed to Latvia on a renewed Operation REASSURANCE, the Canadian Armed Forces’ support to NATO assurance and deterrence measures in Central and Eastern Europe.
June 19, 2017

Western Canadian soldiers deploy and return under Operation UNIFIER in Ukraine

Approximately 200 Canadian Army soldiers from 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (1 CMBG) headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, will be departing for Ukraine as part of Operation UNIFIER, beginning today, until the middle of March.
March 6, 2017

Command Post during in Exercise PHANTOM RAM 17

Training in Tandem: Exercise PHANTOM RAM 17

Edmonton, Alberta - One group will potentially deploy to Latvia as a NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (FP) Battle Group, the other will lead a Brigade into a complex multi-national coalition exercise at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington; different tasks and objectives, but is it possible to prepare for both in a single training environment?
February 27, 2017

Ukrainian trainees are transported by an BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicle

Op UNIFIER recycles while supporting a good cause

In addition to training their Ukrainian counterparts while on Operation UNIFIER, members of Joint Task Force – Ukraine (JTF-U) have been supporting an initiative to provide prosthetic limbs for Ukrainian soldiers.
February 10, 2017

Members from 1 Combat Engineer Regiment

1 Combat Engineer Regiment helps build a home with Habitat for Humanity

Members of 12 Squadron from 1 Combat Engineer Regiment (1CER) traded in their CADPATs for utility belts and hardhats when they volunteered with Habitat for Humanity.
February 9, 2017

Rheanna Trepanier at the stables

Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) help 10-year-old check item off bucket list

On a brisk winter day in mid-December, members from  Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) were able to fulfill one of Rheanna’s dreams by taking her for a tank ride.
January 24, 2017

Media Opportunity During Exercise Strong Contender

The media are invited to attend opening ceremonies and athletic competitions from Monday, January 23 to Friday, January 27 at CFB Edmonton as part of Exercise STRONG CONTENDER.
January 19, 2017

Gyn and Sheer training

Field Engineers complete rope bridge building exercise

During the week of Nov. 21-25, 12 Squadron from 1 Combat Engineer Regiment took to Gault Memorial Park to complete a rope bridge building exercise. The exercise required the members to build a lifting device that would transport a generator from one side to the other.
January 17, 2017

Master Bombardier Nicolas Thomson on Ex Allied Spirit

Canadian soldier writes of Operation REASSURANCE experience from Europe

Soldier's View:  Master Bombardier Nicolas Thomson is currently deployed on Operation REASSURANCE as part of the Forward Observation Officer Detachment.
November 18, 2016

A member speaks with a teacher and students

Canadian soldiers visit local Ukrainian schools in honour of Defenders’ Day

On the occasion of Defender of Ukraine Day, several Lviv area schools invited Canadian soldiers currently deployed to Ukraine on Operation UNIFIER to visit with their students and staff.
October 24, 2016

3 PPCLI Soldier for a Day

3 PPCLI hosts women’s hockey team

Soldiers of the Third Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry hosted 27 hockey players on Oct. 1 at 3rd Canadian Division Support Base Edmonton.
October 19, 2016

Mine training

Western Canadian soldiers prepare to deploy to Ukraine

Throughout late June, roughly 200 soldiers from Western Canada are completing pre-deployment training in Shilo, Manitoba, in preparation for Operation UNIFIER Rotation (Roto) 2.
June 30, 2016

Captain Joe Bitz briefs a section of soldiers

2 PPCLI hosts Australians during Ex PROMETHEAN RAM

2 PPCLI is hosting a section of soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3 RAR) for a week during Exercise PROMETHEAN RAM 16 in April in Wainwright, Alberta.
April 22, 2016

13 bay Medium Girder bridge

Bridging The Gap – 1 CER completes new Battle River crossing

The soldiers from 1 Combat Engineer Regiment (1 CER) conquered a previously inaccessible crossing of the Battle River in the early days of Exercise PROMETHEAN RAM.
April 15, 2016

Coordinating exercise details on a map

Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE: 1 CMBG Prepares for High Readiness

1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group completed a key step in the Road to High Readiness during Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE at Edmonton Garrison from February 8 to 12, 2016.
February 22, 2016

1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry on parade

1 PPCLI Change of Command Parade

The soldiers of the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (1PPCLI) welcomed their new Commanding Officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Wade Rutland, to the Battalion with a Change of Command Ceremony that took place the morning of November 5, 2015.
November 17, 2015

Private Jake Dow completes the final leg of the relay

ARCHIVED - PPCLI 100th Commemorations: Q & A with Private Jake Dow

A native of Peterborough, Ontario, Private, Jake Dow, is a member of 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry,  and recently partook in the final commemorative events for the 100th Anniversary of Service to Canada by the PPCLI  in Belgium and France including running the final legs of the Memorial Baton Relay.
May 26, 2015

Valour Building, in honour of the 20 brave recipients of the Star of Military Valour

ARCHIVED - The Valour Building honours recipients of the Star of Military Valour

Ottawa, ON – Colonel William Fletcher, former Officer Commanding C Company, 1 PPCLI, Task Force Afghanistan, was one of 20 Star of Military Valour recipients who were honoured today during the unveiling of a commemorative plaque in the Valour Building near Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The plaque was presented by Canada’s Minister of National Defence.
May 25, 2015

Private Jake Dow completes the final leg of the relay

ARCHIVED - 100th Memorial Baton Relay: The Final Leg

After travelling across Canada, the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) Memorial Baton Relay completed the final leg of its journey through the Ypres Salient in Belgium on May 8, 2015, retracing the steps the “Originals” took 100 years ago to the day before their first major battle in the First World War. 
May 25, 2015

PPCLI Memorial at Frezenberg, Belgium

ARCHIVED - Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry marks a century of distinguished service to Canada at Frezenberg Commemoration

Taken collectively, the PPCLI Frezenberg Commemorative events were a fitting tribute to a century of dedicated service and supreme sacrifice. The maroon, gold, and royal blue of the PPCLI Colours is well situated to fly with distinction for another 100 years.
May 20, 2015

The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Colonel-in-Chief, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), addresses the audience

ARCHIVED - Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry formally recognize regiment’s service at the Vimy Memorial

Members of 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (2 PPCLI) formally recognized the Regiment's sacrifices and celebrated Canadian accomplishments during a somber service at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial on May 10th, 2015.
May 14, 2015

urban operations exercise

ARCHIVED - Exercise KAPYONG BUGLE: Urban Excellence

Exercise KAPYONG BUGLE ensured that 2 PPCLI is prepared to meet challenges in complex urban environments along with our international partners in peace and security. 
May 7, 2015

Teams warm up by the fire

ARCHIVED - 1 Service Battalion Mountain Patrol Competition returns to McBride, BC

1 Service Battalion (Svc Bn) conducted its second annual Mountainous Patrol Competition, Exercise GHOST RIDER in McBride, BC from February 17-20 to develop cohesion and competitive spirit while also refreshing basic winter warfare skills and navigation.
April 1, 2015

The Commander of Task Force Kandahar, Brigadier-General Dean Milner addresses the transfer of authority parade.

ARCHIVED - Fated to become a Canadian soldier, Major-General Dean J. Milner shares some of his journey

Breaking ice with the new commander series: 1st Canadian Division
November 14, 2014

A poppy is laid on a military grave

ARCHIVED - Not One Was Forgotten

Over 350 students and soldiers placed single poppies on each of the 4,184 soldier’s headstones at Beechmount Cemetery during a touching No Stone Left Alone ceremony on Thursday.
November 12, 2014

The Manitoba’s Military Heritage Museum hosts the 60th Threshermen’s Reunion and features Canadian Armed Forces displays from 1 Royal Canadian Horse Artillery and 2 Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry from Canadian Forces Base Shilo as well as heritage vehicles from the Second World War.

ARCHIVED - Canada’s largest heritage festival to honour Canadian Army units

Manitoba’s 60th Annual Threshermen’s Reunion and Stampede will showcase  “Manitoba’s Military Heritage”, including 1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery and 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
July 24, 2014

Paratroopers jump from a Black Hawk helicopter

ARCHIVED - OP REASSURANCE: Standing With Our Allies

Specifically, during Roto 0 of Op REASSURANCE, 3 PPCLI conducted multiple training exercises including but not limited to: Ex ORZEL ALERT (5-9 MAY), Ex SABER STRIKE ( 9-21 JUNE), Ex PEGASUS KORSARZ (23-27 JUNE), and Ex GNIEZNO (2-6 JULY) which all required 3 PPCLI to demonstrate their professionalism, interoperability, and flexibility while enhancing and building cohesion with our NATO partners.
July 16, 2014

Parachute packer, Cpl Bent, gives paratrooper, Pte Paradis, a hand getting out of his parachute following a water jump in the Oleszno training area of Poland, on June 24, 2014.

ARCHIVED - Riggers: Putting the “Sure” in OP REASSURANCE

Edmonton, AB —During Operation REASSURANCE riggers are key to the safety of parachute insertions.
July 8, 2014

##MCECOPY##A  group of troops from the Régiment de Hull prepare for a 160 km march  in the Netherlands in honour of their 100th anniversary on August 7.

ARCHIVED - Nijmegen March

Hull, QC — A  group of troops from the Régiment de Hull prepare for a 160 km march  in the Netherlands in honour of their 100th anniversary on August 7.
July 7, 2014

Canadian Armed Forces personnel in Manitoba assisting the Province with the flood

ARCHIVED - Operation 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

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