38 Canadian Brigade Group

38 Canadian Brigade Group
Active 1 April 1997 – present
Country Canada

Canadian Army

Primary Reserve
Type Headquarters
Part of 3rd Canadian Division
Garrison/HQ Winnipeg, Manitoba
Motto(s) Progredere ne regredere (Ever forward never back)[1]
March "March Past of 38 Brigade"
Website www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/38-cbg/index.page
Brigade Commander Col Geoff Abthorpe, MSM, CD[2]
Brigade CWO CWO Albert Boucher, CD[3]
Abbreviation 38 CBG

38 Canadian Brigade Group (38 CBG) (French: 38e Groupe-brigade du Canada) is a formation of the Canadian Forces and Canadian Army's 3rd Canadian Division. The brigade group is composed of Primary Reserve units in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Northwestern Ontario east to Thunder Bay. Geographically, 38 CBG is Canada's largest brigade group. The brigade headquarters is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The brigade's units are spread out over many communities, and most of the soldiers serving in the brigade's units are reservists, part-time soldiers who serve within units in those communities. The brigade group's is prepared to deploy and augment the Regular Force of the 3rd Canadian Division in domestic operations (natural disasters, etc.) as well as support battle groups.

The brigade has served in several domestic operations, including Operation Assistance (the assistance to the Manitoba's 1997 flood), and Operation Peregrine (assistance to the 2003 BC forest fire emergency). Many soldiers of the brigade deployed to Afghanistan, as well as on UN and NATO missions.[4]

The commanding officer of the 38 Canadian Brigade Group is Colonel Geoff Abthorpe, CD.[2] The 38 Canadian Brigade Group sergeant-major is Chief Warrant Officer Albert Boucher, CD.[3]

Brigade units

38 Canadian Brigade GroupRoleLocations
38 Canadian Brigade Group HeadquartersWinnipeg
The Saskatchewan DragoonsReconnaissanceMoose Jaw
The Fort Garry HorseReconnaissanceWinnipeg
10th Field Artillery Regiment, RCAArtilleryRegina, Yorkton
26th Field Artillery Regiment, RCAArtilleryBrandon, Portage la Prairie
116th Independent Field Battery, RCAArtilleryKenora
38 Combat Engineer RegimentCombat engineeringWinnipeg, Saskatoon
38 Signal RegimentCommunicationsRegina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay
The Royal Winnipeg RiflesLight infantryWinnipeg
The Lake Superior Scottish RegimentLight infantryThunder Bay
The North Saskatchewan RegimentLight infantrySaskatoon, Prince Albert
The Royal Regina RiflesLight infantryRegina
The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of CanadaLight infantryWinnipeg
38 Service BattalionService and supportRegina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay

Also under command of the brigade group headquarters is the 38 Canadian Brigade Group Arctic Response Company Group (ARCG).[5]


  1. "38 Canadian Brigade Group". Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges. Canadian Heraldic Authority. May 1, 1998. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
  2. 1 2 "Col. Geoff Abthorpe thanks Sask. for supporting soldiers, firefighters". CBC.cca. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  3. 1 2 "Brigade Sergeant-Major, 38 CBG". Department of National Defence/Canadian Army/38 CBG. 2 Feb 2012.
  4. "38 CBG History". Department of National Defence/Canadian Army/38 CBG. 2 Feb 2012. Retrieved 2 Feb 2012.
  5. "38 CBG Arctic Response Company Group". Department of National Defence/Canadian Army/38 CBG. 2 Feb 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-02-09. Retrieved 17 Feb 2012.

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