41 Canadian Brigade Group

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41 Canadian Brigade Group
41CanadianBrigadeGroup.jpg
Active 1 April 1997 – present
Country Canada
Branch

Canadian Army

Primary Reserve
Type Brigade group
Part of 3rd Canadian Division
Garrison/HQ

BGen Stan Waters Building

Calgary, Alberta
Motto Fortune Favours the Bold
Website www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/41-cbg/index.page
Commanders
Brigade Commander Col Roy C. Boehli, CD, pmsc [1]
Brigade CWO CWO Adrian Thomas, CD [2]
Abbreviation 41 CBG

41 Canadian Brigade Group (41CBG; French: 41e Groupe-brigade du Canada) is a Canadian Forces and Canadian Army formation of the 3rd Canadian Division. The formation is composed of Primary Reserve units within the province of Alberta. The brigade headquarters is in Calgary, Alberta.

The brigade group is made up of approximately 1,200 soldiers. Most of the soldiers within the brigade serve on a part-time basis, and service in units their local communities. The brigade's soldiers are trained and prepared to augment and support their counterparts in the Regular Force by supporting domestic operations (natural disasters, etc.) and expeditionary international deployments, as well as supporting 3rd Canadian Division battle groups. Many soldiers from 41 CBG have gone to service in NATO and UN operations as well as the mission in Afghanistan. [3]

History[edit]

In December 1941, following the Attack on Pearl Harbor and the beginning of World War II in the Pacific, it was decided to organize a number of brigades for the defence of Canada.[4] In February 1942, one brigade was organized for each of the eleven military districts. In Alberta, it was 41st (Reserve) Brigade Group in Calgary.[3]

After World War II, the regional command system was reorganized several times. The Alberta Militia District was reformed into 41 Canadian Brigade Group on 1 April 1997. Its headquarters took over the Brigadier-General Stan Waters Building, formerly the 1 PPCLI headquarters building at CFB Calgary, after the departure of the Regular Force units to Edmonton.[3]

Brigade Units[edit]

41 Canadian Brigade Group Calgary
41 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters Calgary
The South Alberta Light Horse Armoured reconnaissance Edmonton and Medicine Hat
The King's Own Calgary Regiment (RCAC) Armoured reconnaissance Calgary
20th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA Artillery Edmonton and Red Deer
20th Independent Field Battery, RCA Artillery Lethbridge
41 Combat Engineer Regiment Combat engineers Calgary and Edmonton
41 Signal Regiment Communications Calgary, Edmonton, and Red Deer
The Loyal Edmonton Regiment (4th Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry) Light infantry Edmonton and Yellowknife
The Calgary Highlanders Light infantry Calgary
41 Service Battalion Service and support Calgary and Edmonton

Other Units[edit]

41 CBG is supported by several several other units that provide specialist services such as medical services, military police and military intelligence. These units do not fall under the 41 CBG command structure; however, they do work closely with it in order to provide their services to the brigade's soldiers in the field.

Medical[edit]

The brigade group closely works with two field ambulance units from the Royal Canadian Medical Service. They are:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brigade Commander, 41 CBG". Department of National Defence/Canadian Army/41 CBG. 10 Feb 2012. Retrieved 17 Feb 2012. 
  2. ^ "Brigade CWO, 41 CBG". Department of National Defence/Canadian Army/41 CBG. 2 Feb 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Brigade CWO, 41 CBG". Department of National Defence/Canadian Army/41 CBG. 2 Feb 2012. 
  4. ^ Canadian Army, About 41 Canadian Brigade Group, accessed October 2011