32 Canadian Brigade Group

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32 Canadian Brigade Group
32 Canadian Brigade Group (logo).jpg
32 Canadian Brigade Group – the Army Reserve in Toronto and Central Ontario
Active 1 April 1997 – present
Country Canada
Branch

Canadian Army

Primary Reserve
Type Headquarters
Part of 4th Canadian Division
Garrison/HQ

LCol George Taylor Denison III Armoury

ASU Toronto
Motto "Steadfast"
Official Website http://www.army.forces.gc.ca/32brigade/

32 Canadian Brigade Group (32CBG) is part of 4th Canadian Division, under the Canadian Army. It is centred on the Greater Toronto Area, as well as Grey and Simcoe Counties. It is headquartered at LCol George Taylor Denison III Armoury in Toronto, Ontario.

Brigade Command[edit]

Colonel Dwayne Hobbs, CD, is the Commander of 32 CBG whilst Chief Warrant Officer Mike Lacroix, CD, is the Brigade Sergeant-Major. Brigade Headquarters has a staff of approximately 40 full-time and 20 part-time members, both military (Regular and Reserve) and civilian.

History[edit]

Second World War[edit]

32nd (Reserve) Brigade Group was created, within 2 Militia District, on 1 April 1942 when the reserve force in Canada was reorganized for the war. Like today, the formation consisted of part-time soldiers who paraded and trained on evenings and weekends. The brigade group was closed down on 30 January 1946 and the headquarters itself closed on 2 April 1946.[1] During its existence, the brigade group was headquartered in Toronto and it held the following organization:

  • Royal Canadian Artillery
    • 32nd (Reserve) Field Regiment, RCA
  • Royal Canadian Army Service Corps
    • Brigade Group Company, 2nd (Reserve) Divisional, RCASC
  • Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
    • No.2 (Reserve) Field Ambulance, RCAMC
  • Royal Canadian Corps of Signals
    • E Section, A (Reserve) Corps Signals, RCCS
    • J Section, 2nd (Reserve) Divisional Signals, RCCS
  • Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps / Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
    • No.2 Group, No.1 (Reserve) Divisional Workshop, (RCOC) RCEME
    • No.5 (Reserve) Light Aid Detachment, (RCOC) RCEME
    • No.6 (Reserve) Light Aid Detachment, (RCOC) RCEME
    • No.7 (Reserve) Light Aid Detachment, (RCOC) RCEME
    • No.8 (Reserve) Light Aid Detachment, (RCOC) RCEME

1997 to Present[edit]

32 Canadian Brigade Group (CBG) was recreated on 1 April 1997, with its headquarters located in Toronto, replacing the Toronto District Headquarters. Resulting from a major restructuring of the army, it was established as one of ten reserve brigade groups organized across Canada.

Although 32 CBG has a short history, this cannot be said of its units. Regiments like The Governor General's Horse Guards, The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, The Queen's York Rangers, The Royal Regiment of Canada and The Lorne Scots were all founded before Confederation. Most units have served in almost all of the military campaigns involving Canadians: Fenian raids, Red River Expedition, North-West Rebellion, South African War, both World Wars and the Korean War. Since the 1980s, they have been contributing to UN and NATO missions around the world.

Many soldiers of 32 Canadian Brigade Group have served on operations around the world. Nearly 70 members of the brigade deployed to Afghanistan in August 2006 and more than 120 others have recently returned from service in Kandahar during the winter of 2008-2009. The brigade has also played a big role in disaster relief at home, helping Canadians during the Manitoba floods and the January 1998 ice storm. It remains prepared to back up the emergency services of the Greater Toronto Area and Central Ontario whenever needed.

Role[edit]

The role of 32 CBG is to produce well-trained Reserve soldiers to enhance Canada’s combat capability. Like all Reserve brigades and units, it trains part-time soldiers to serve as the basis of national mobilization, to respond to emergencies in Canada and to augment the Regular Force overseas, and to be the army’s link to the community.

32 CBG comprises part-time soldiers plus a small cadre from the Regular Force who help plan and execute the training. Soldiers of the Army Reserve ― traditionally, the Militia ― train an average of one night a week and one weekend a month. Many Reservists train full-time during the summer, because many of the younger soldiers are students.

Brigade composition[edit]

Overview[edit]

32 CBG is an infantry-heavy brigade with 2100 soldiers in 10 units based in Toronto, Aurora, Brantford, Scarborough, St. Catharines, Welland, Brampton, Oakville, Georgetown and Mississauga. It has two reconnaissance regiments, two field artillery regiments, a field engineer regiment and six infantry battalions. The brigade recently[when?] added two new, temporary armouries. The Queen’s Own Rifles now have an infantry company in Scarborough, while the Toronto Scottish have established a company in Mississauga.

Regiments[edit]

32 Canadian Brigade Group Branch Location
32 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters Toronto
The Governor General's Horse Guards Reconnaissance Toronto
The Queen's York Rangers (1st American Regiment) (RCAC) Reconnaissance Toronto and Aurora, Ontario
7th Toronto Regiment, RCA Artillery Toronto
56th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA Artillery Brantford, Ontario
32 Combat Engineer Regiment Engineer Toronto
32 Signal Regiment Communications Toronto and Borden, Ontario
The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada Light infantry Toronto (Downtown & Scarborough)
The Royal Regiment of Canada Light infantry Toronto
The Lincoln and Welland Regiment Light infantry St. Catharines and Welland, Ontario
The Lorne Scots (Peel, Dufferin and Halton Regiment) Light infantry Brampton, Oakville and Georgetown
48th Highlanders of Canada Light infantry Toronto
The Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother's Own) Light infantry Toronto and Mississauga
32 Service Battalion Combat Service Support Toronto

Armouries[edit]

In the Canadian Forces, an armoury is a place where a reserve unit trains, meets, and parades.

Site Date(s) Designated Location Description Image
Brampton Armoury
2 and 12 Chapel Street
1914–15 1991 Recognized – Register of the Government of Canada Heritage Buildings Brampton, Ontario

Housing B Company, The Lorne Scots, this centrally located, mid-size, rectangular building has a low-pitched gable roof.

Denison Armoury
1 Yukon Lane
Canada's Register of Historic Places Toronto, Ontario

Large centrally located building with a low-pitched gable roof houses 32 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters; The Governor General's Horse Guards; 2 Intelligence Company; 32 Combat Engineer Regiment; 32 Service Battalion; 32 Military Police Platoon; 2 Area Support Group Signal Squadron C Troop; ASU Toronto

Fort York Armoury
660-700 Fleet Street
1933–35 1991 Federal Heritage building; on the Register of the Government of Canada Heritage Buildings Toronto, Ontario

Designed by architects Marani, Lawson and Morris in an industrial area of Toronto; this large, two-storey, drill hall with a concrete, vaulted roof is home to The Royal Regiment of Canada, Queen's York Rangers (1st American Regiment), 32 Signal Regiment and 32 Canadian Brigade Group Battle School

Fort York Armoury Entrance.jpg
Captain Bellenden Seymour Hutcheson VC Armoury
70 Birmingham Street
2009 Etobicoke, Ontario

The Captain Bellenden Seymour Hutcheson VC Armoury is a shared facility with the Toronto Police Service. The Armoury is considered a "Green Building" in accordance with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDS) Green Building Rating System. This armoury is home to The Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother's Own).

Lieutenant-Colonel Samuel Beckett Armoury
7535 - 9th Line
May 12, 2012 Mississauga, Ontario

The Lieutenant-Colonel Samuel Beckett Armoury is a shared facility with the Mississauga Fire Department (Garry W. Morden Centre), Peel Regional Police Services and the Department of National Defence. The armoury is considered a "Green Building" in accordance with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDS) Green Building Rating System. This armoury is home to The Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother's Own) 75th Mississauga Company.

Moss Park Armoury
130 Queen Street East
Canada's Register of Historic Places Toronto, Ontario

Housing The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, 48th Highlanders of Canada, 25 Field Ambulance, this large centrally located building has a low-pitched gable roof.

Oakville Armoury Canada's Register of Historic Places Oakville, Ontario

A centrally located building with a low-pitched gable roof; home of A company, The Lorne Scots (Peel, Dufferin and Halton Regiment).

Col J.R. Barber Armoury
91 Todd Road
Canada's Register of Historic Places Georgetown, Ontario

Centrally located structure with a low-pitched gable roof houses C Company, The Lorne Scots.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reserve Brigades - Second World War". Canadian Soldiers.com. 24 February 2013. 

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