38 Canadian Brigade Group
In this issue….
Upcoming Training Plan
CDS Visits Regina
PSYSOPS Training with the Marines
Movemeber in Saskatchewan
As I pen this message to the 2nd edition of the newly re-issued brigade newsletter, the snow has
started to fly, individual/IBTS training has given way to collective combined arms training, two
BMQ courses are nearing completion and numerous ceremonial/social functions are proudly
celebrating Army Reservists across our brigade area of operations.
Over the course of the past two months, the Brigade Sergeant Major and I have conducted 10
town halls in order to engage the vast majority of our soldiers and leaders, taking the opportunity
to layout our vision for the future, as well as to respond to questions and concerns. We were
most impressed with the engagements and the professionalism and candour demonstrated by
In the last issue of The Brigade I noted that as part of Brigade Revitalization, collective training
would focus on combined arms interaction. I will highlight that on the weekend of 18-20 October, the first combined collective training exercises of the fall took place in Dundurn and Shilo.
Colonel Ross Ermel
These exercises saw 38 Service Battalion generate an A1 echelon for the Saskatchewan DraCommander
goons. As well, the Artillery Tactical Group, Fort Garry Horse and Winnipeg Infantry Tactical
Group conducted live all-arms calls for fire. This combined arms training will become the norm
for the brigade going forward as we manoeuvre towards the apex of our collective training cycle which will culminate in
Exercise BISON WARRIOR which will be held in Shilo from 26 April to 4 May 2014.
By way of a further highlight to our progress on Brigade Revitalization I am pleased to inform you that from August to the
end of October, the brigade realized three consecutive months of modest but positive growth. Whereas recruiting attraction increased slightly, our attrition drastically decreased. As all of the brigade leaders know, sustained growth is a function of attraction AND retention. Well done!
On 14 December 2013 we will mark the change of Brigade Sergeants Major with the departure of CWO Allan Rischchynski
who will be moving to 3rd Canadian Division Headquarters and welcome CWO Albert Boucher as the new Brigade Sergeant Major. On your behalf, I congratulate these outstanding leaders on their senior appointments. CWO Boucher and I
look forward to soldiering with you in the New Year which will be highlighted by several key collective training exercises
and two Arctic Response Company Group deployments to the arctic; one in February as part of Exercise ARCTIC RAM
and the second in August as part of Operation NANOOK.
I wish you all a joyous and safe holiday season and applaud all soldiers and leaders of our brigade for their ongoing dedication and tell you that it is an honour to soldier with you!
Brigade Sergeant-Major’s Message
Over the past few months the Brigade Commander and I have been conducting the Town Halls
across the Brigade. May I say that the feed back and candour that you have displayed has been
outstanding, you have no issues with telling the Chain of Command in a professional and productive manner that there are things that require our attention and as a Command Team we will
ensure that those questions and thoughts put forward receive the action that is required.
As my term as the 38 Brigade Sergeant Major comes to a close. I would like to extend my deepest gratitude towards all the Officers and Soldiers of the Best Brigade in the Canadian Forces it
has been Three and a half years of pure and simple fun. I was told a long time ago that if you
can’t have fun and don’t enjoy what you are doing then move on and get out of the way. I am
still having fun but my time has come and I will be handing over my duties to a new 38 Brigade
SM CWO Albert Boucher. All I ask is for you to give him the same support that you gave me. I
Chief Warrant Officer
will be keeping an eye on the Brigade from my new position as the 3 Division Primary Reserve
Brigade Sergeant Major SM.
I join with the Brigade Commander and my family in wishing you the very best of the holiday Season and all the best in
the New Year. I look forward to seeing all of you again in my new roll. I know you have a lot of hard work in the next 6 to
8 months with summer courses, taskings BTE and 2 Arctic Operations.
Good Luck and it was nice to Soldier with you
Mini‐Executrek Visits 38 CBG Combined Arms Training
The Fort Garry Horse, Artillery Tactical Group,
Winnipeg Infantry Tactical group and 38 Signals
Regiment conducted their first combined arms
collective training weekend for the 2013 training
year over 20 – 22 October under the watchful eyes
of some of Saskatchewan’s most influential
Royal Regina Rifles Honorary Colonel Robert
Dumur invited ten business leaders to enjoy a day
in Shilo, MB, and throughout the experience they
were integrated as much as possible
“Compared to what you see in the movies, don’t
expect fireballs,” said Lieutenant Colonel David
Dalal, Commanding Officer, 38 Canadian Brigade
Artillery Tactical Group, prior to showing that
actual artillery is about effect, not flash.
Even without the Hollywood fireball, the visitors
were still impressed during the mini-Executrek.
Honorary Colonel Robert Dumur poses with other Honoraries and business leaders
at Combined Arms Training). Photo by Cpl. Alan Haley
The training was both live and dry combined arms and
gave a sense of the exceptional skills reservists not only
display in their military service, but also how these esteemed citizen soldiers can bring invaluable skills to the
CEO Degelman Industries.
Brigade Sergeant Major CWO Al Rishchynski
answered that the soldiers plan for extended periods
away from support.
“The only problem is everything you’re firing you’re carrying on your back.”
The visit was a key part of 38 CBG’s continued efforts
in connecting with key stakeholders in the Brigade’s
Area of Operations. The importance of connecting with
key provincial organizations and businesses is an
important aspect of 38 CBG profile in Saskatchewan,
Manitoba and North West Ontario and aims to foster
unique and strong bonds with these entities for
recruitment, support to the Army Reserves and
A round exits the barrel of the 15mm Howitzer as members of
38 Canadian Brigade Artillery Tactical Group conduct live fire drills Photo
by Cpl. Alan Haley
“I got another question; when you guys are in combat how
long are you on your own?” said Paul Degelman,
Corporate visits, like this one, provide an invaluable
opportunity to potentially build more reserve-friendly
policies within companies and also increase awareness
about 38 Canadian Brigade Group and our mission.
At the end of the day, the corporate guests left with a
good sense of how challenging our training and work
can be, and therefore the depth of skill and leadership
that a Reservist can bring to a civilian employment
LG Pin Presentation and Chief of Defence visits Saskatchewan
The Canadian Armed Forces prides itself on being a
community and culture all to its own. Even so, provincial
pride remains strong.
On 5 November 2013 in Regina, individuals, past and
present who have served in the military, as well as police,
firefighters and paramedics lucky enough to have called
Saskatchewan home, received a special honour
approved by the Queen herself.
The pin is designed to be worn on civilian clothing to help
CDS General Tom Lawson takes questions from troops in Regina.
Photo by MCpl Bern LeBlanc
Even before being pinned, LSgt (Ret’d) Chisholm remained
a proud former Royal Regina Rifles member, concluding
his formal speech with, “Up with Johns!” to loud applause.
Later that evening, members of 38 CBG were also
honoured to host a CDS led Town Hall in the Regina
Armoury which began with a coin ceremony and a
promotion (see Commendations page).
General Tom Lawson asked a roomful of soldiers that
night, “Who here is NOT from Saskatchewan?”
(L to R) Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Schofield, Captain Gill Dulle,
Premier Brad Wall and General Tom Lawson. Photo by MCpl Bern
recognize and distinguish those who have/are serving,
even when dressed in regular clothing.
“We were called Johns, after Farmer Johns,” recalled
LSgt (ret’d) Denis Chisholm, a former rifleman with the
Royal Regina Rifles, who served in the Second World
War. “We were proud of it, proud to be from Regina.”
He told a story of being rescued from near drowning at
the Leopold Canal, only to be fished out by another
Canadian soldier, who also turned out to be from
Captain Gillian Dulle (Saskatchewan Dragoons) definitely
notices a difference in the adaptability of the CAF
soldiers, the type of versatility required to return from +50
degree heat in Afghanistan, and a month later deploy for
an exercise in the high Arctic. “The biggest difference is
that we don’t depend on technology. We carry on
whether the technology or equipment fails or succeeds.”
Upon seeing a few hands go up, his answer was a sad
shake of his head, “Too bad for you.”
The troops that attended were given the rare opportunity to
“ask any questions” they wanted of the CDS and their
Brigade Commander and the chance wasn’t wasted.
Queries varied from Class A parade day limits to current
equipment rationalization plans.
Gen Lawson didn’t shy away from any of the queries, and
didn't couch his replies. Soldiers that took the time to ask a
question were rewarded with honest, thorough answers—
the first question was even rewarded with a CDS Coin.
“What is your vision for the future of the Reserves?”
The answer was a combination of the traditional role of
Dom Ops, even while being ready to augment Regular
All in all it was an excellent day for the soldiers of 38 CBG.
PSYOPS Training with the Marines
By Master Bombardier Justin Deroo, 10th Field Regiment, RCA
From 29 Sep to 04 Oct 2013, nine Canadian Armed Forces psychological operations (PSYOPS) tactical operators, along
with three observer controllers, took part
in Exercise HONEY BADGER, a United
exercise, in Quantico, Virginia. MBdr
Justin Deroo from 38
Group and MCpl
from the Winnipeg
38 Canadian Brigade Group.
ing on face-to-face (F2F) meetings
with “local villagers” in the USMC
Military Operations in Urban Terrain
(MOUT) site. Role players took their
roles very seriously, acting as villag-
strategic level were implemented
during the lane briefings, which
would have an effect on the ground
as well; and these events were well
outside of the TPTs’ hands.
In addition to the
were able to practice a number of
skill sets such as
types of briefings,
relevant information, conducting
and language assistant training.
The teams landed
nature of the exeron the ground one
cise allowed for all
day in advance of
the exercise and
to become familiar
were given an opwith the different
portunity to take a
tools, reports, and
tour of the Marine
Corps Museum, a
MBdr Deroo conducts a face‐to‐face meeting with a role player portraying a local
Corps MISO ophumbling experience
erators brought to
that allowed the op- businessman during Ex HONEY BADGER
the table, and alerators to experilowed for the teams to share TTPs,
ence the Corps’ rich history before work- ers who would go about their daily
skill sets, and lessons learned from
ing with them. A highlight of the museum lives, selling things in the market,
all the countries that took part.
interacting with the “host nations”
included the famous flag from the Battle
police, and military, or acting as key
of Iwo Jima, erected on Mount Suribachi
The training was some of the most
communicators such as the mayor,
after the battle, as well as a visit to the
immersive and realistic I have expolice chief, or business leader.
mess upstairs (of course!).
perienced during my 13 years in
These actors could either be helpful
The exercise began in earnest on day
the CAF. I would highly recomor detrimental to the TPT’s objectwo and had the teams working on a
mend Exercise HONEY BADGER
tives, depending on the way the
North Africa-based scenario that culmito any PSYOPs TACOP qualified
TPTs interacted with them.
nated in a non-combatant evacuation
personnel if given the opportunity.
operation, allowing the soldiers to ply
The exercise took the training we
Operators had to be alert, as the
their skills in a very realistic exercise
learned from our courses and went
situation on the ground changed
rooted in a real-world situation. The
teams worked alongside their peers from every day. On one memorable occa- well beyond it, vastly increasing
our individual skill sets, and allowsion, the mayor and the business
the United Kingdom, the United States
ing us a glimpse into the ways our
leader had “disappeared” and had
Army, and of course, the United States
international allies conduct thembeen replaced by another, seemingly
related to the insurgency that was
plaguing the host nation. In addition,
The exercise was lane-based and had
events outside of the village at the
Tactical PSYOPs Teams (TPT’s) focushttp://www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/38-cbg/index.page
Remembrance Day a
at Minto Armoury 2013
N Sask R at Remembrance of Operation HUSKY
Cpl Kyle A Sigfusson, North Saskatchewan Regiment
I was privileged to participate in the 70th Anniversary remembrance of Operation
Husky, the invasion of Sicily in July 1943 by the combined forces of England,
Canada and the USA. This year marks 70 years since Allied Forces started to
break the grip of Nazi Germany in Italy and eventually topple the dictator Mussolini.
Operation Husky has been overshadowed by the Normandy invasion, but it was a
very important campaign.
The North Saskatchewan Regiment traces its Regimental history through to the
Saskatoon Light Infantry (SLI), which participated with 1st Canadian Division in this
operation as support unit with heavy machine-guns and mortars.
As part of a combined group of Canadian Forces members both Regular force and
Reserve, we arrived in Italy on July 25th and were hosted at NAS Sigonella which
is in the South-East part of Sicily. After a day of acclimatizing to the heat and time
change, our first stop was Piazza Armerina on July 26th. This location was where
the Seaforth Highlanders advanced from Valguarnera to Leonforte and were
engaged in a fierce battle. During this battle 2 members of the
SLI, Douglas Flynn and Allan
Parkhurst lost their lives.
The next day we travelled to Assoro where the Hastings and Prince
Edward Regiment assaulted the fortress by climbing the steep sides
of the hill, which the Germans had left undefended, thinking that this
side couldn't be scaled. We climbed the same hill 70 years later and
saw the commanding view of the valley below and we were
awestruck by sheer cliffs that had been climbed to assault this
position. When we reached the top, the Royal Canadian Artillery
unveiled a plaque to honor the gunners that were killed supporting the
assault and markers placed for the Hastings and Prince Edward
Regiment (Hasty P’s), that died taking the hill. One member of the
SLI, Thomas Tydeman, lost his life here.
On the 28th of July we arrived at Catenauova where the Canadian Brigade was under the command of the 79th British
Infantry Division. During this battle they encountered heavy resistance from the crack German 3rd Paratroop Division.
While we were here the Van Doo's unveiled a plaque on City Hall to commemorate the Royal 22nd Regiment.
The 29th of July saw us at Adrano. This was the 1st Canadian Division's last combat action in Sicily. Adrano was
reduced to rubble by intensive artillery and aerial bombardment. We had a ceremony at the War memorial, followed
afterwards by lunch provided by the City of Adrano.
On the 30th of July we travelled to Agira, which is the site of the Canadian War Cemetery. This is one of the most impressive War Cemeteries in the world. We held a wreath laying ceremony followed by a roll call of all the Canadian
soldiers killed in the Sicily Campaign which numbered 562 casualties. Each fallen soldier's name was read out and
answered by a mixture of Canadian, Italian, civilian and military persons present. Markers were made by Canadian and
Italian students for every Canadian casualty and were placed wherever possible where that soldier fell in battle.
The 31st of July saw us in Catania where we held a ceremony unveiling the Canadian portion of the WW2 museum here.
The items in the museum were mostly privately donated by Canadian collectors.
This marked the end of our trip to Sicily and we welcomed in all the locations we travelled to by the citizens of Sicily. It
was a humbling experience to travel to the locations where so many Canadian and Allied soldiers gave their lives to free
Movember in Saskatchewan
By 2Lt Adam Kinakin, North
For most members of the CF, being
clean shaven while on parade or in
uniform is the norm. That normality
will change this month for members of
the North Saskatchewan Regiment
N Sask R) as they once again grow
their moustaches to help raise
awareness for men’s health.
Last year, the unit participated in a
“Movember” fundraising campaign
that raises funds to support men’s
health initiatives across Canada and
Although they got a late start, their
team was able to raise over $7600.00
Unlike most Movember participants
who don their lip sweaters from 01
Nov to 30 Nov, the members of the N
Sask R will grow their moustaches
from 11 Nov thru 11 Dec. This was to
ensure unit members were clean
shaven and looking their best for Remembrance Day ceremonies.
With the help of local sponsors and
other CF units in Saskatoon, the N
Sask R team held a Movember party
at the end of the campaign to
celebrate the accomplishments of its
members and dole out awards for the
best and worst moustaches.
LCol Engelberts, Commanding Officer for the N Sask R, has to “ante up” on his deal to
shave his head and moustache once fundraising goal was met.
The major surprise for the soldiers
was the fact that the unit CO, LCol
Tony Engelberts, pledged to shave
his moustache which he has had for over 20 years if the unit reached their fundraising goal. To his, and everyone else’s
surprise, was the fact that the unit’s Honorary Colonels offered to dollar match all donations if the CO would shave his
head as well. Being a large supporter of the Movember campaign, LCol Engelberts agreed, and his soldiers took turns
shaving his head and his moustache, much to the enjoyment of all in attendance.
The competition for the unit’s best moustache begins again in 2013 for their 2nd annual Movember campaign. The goal
is to best last years mark and continue spreading awareness of men’s health issues such as prostate cancer and mental
health. The unit would like to send out a challenge to any and all CF units to try and best their fundraising efforts and to
help spread knowledge and awareness of Men’s heath issues across Canada.
LSSR Attends Aboriginal 11 November Ceremony
Capt George Romick, Unit Public Affairs Rep, Lake Superior Scottish Regiment Battalion
It was a cold and windy on the morning of November 11, 2013
at the Fort William First Nation’s, Cenotaph on top of Mount
MacKay. It is 0945 when members of the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment start arriving for the Fort William First Nation
Remembrance Day Service. They are met with cold weather
and strong winds blowing across the mountain. The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment has a strong history with the Aboriginals of North-western Ontario, with many Aboriginal People
being part of the Regimental History.
When the 52nd C.E.F. mobilized for World War 1, many of the
men from the Fort William First Nation and other Aboriginal
bands and reservations across North-western Ontario joined
the unit. They distinguished themselves, being awarded many
gallantry awards. For example: Pte. A. Belanger of the Fort
William First Nation, being award the Military Medal and Sgt.
Leo Bouchard of Lake Helen First Nation being award the Distinguished Conduct Medal.
When the Lake Superior Regiment (Motor) mobilized for World War 2, again many of the First Nation People from, the Fort
William First Nation and other First Nations across North-western Ontario joined the LSR (M). Again they distinguished
themselves with honour, being awarded many gallantry awards, like A/Sgt Charles Byce, being awarded the Distinguished
Conduct Medal and the Military Medal.
The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment continues the history of having Aboriginal People in it ranks, like Cpl Andy Carver
who deployed to Afghanistan and others presently in the unit.
The Fort William First Nation Remembrance Day Service included many of the traditional Aboriginal Ceremonies, with the
commencing of the Pipe Ceremony, then the marching in of parade which was led by a member of the Fort William Nations
carrying an Eagle Staff, MCpl Cody Noyle carrying the 1812 Commemorative Banner and Captain Bill Mountan carrying an
Eagle Staff. Once the parade was in place for the ceremony the traditional
Smudging Ceremony was done by Rita Fenton. The Smudging Ceremony is a
purification ceremony used to cleanse the people of any bad feelings, negative
thoughts, bad spirits or negative energy, both the physically and spiritually.
The service was conducted by Cathy Banning, whose father was with the Toronto Scottish Regiment during the Second World War, then after the war he
joined the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment. The service was the traditional
Fort William First Nations Remembrance Day Service that they have done for
many years including the poem, It’s a Pittance of Time, recited by Kateri
Skaarup. Beatrice Twance Hynnes recited In Flanders Fields, Captain Neil
Otke of the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment recited the Regimental Prayer.
The Last Post and Reveille was played and a firing party from the Lake
Superior Scottish Regiment gave the salute.
After Reveille was played there was a Traditional Drum Service done by the Male Drum Group, followed by the poem It’s a
Soldier and the Female Drum Group.
The laying of the wreaths proceeded with Lieutenant Colonel Geoff Abthorpe, Commanding Officer of the Lake Superior
Scottish Regiment, laying the first wreath followed by the Chief of Fort William First Nations, then many other organizations
and individual’s also laying wreaths.
After the completion of the service everyone was welcomed to join the Fort William First Nation People in the Community
Hall for a luncheon and fellowship.
Cross Training with 2 PPCLI
Lt Megan Belyea, 38 Combat Engineer Regiment
There’s nothing new about Regular and Reserve Forces working side by side, as seen on overseas deployments all over
the world. Realizing that both benefit from working together, 38 Canadian Brigade Group Commander, Colonel Ross
Ermel, sent Lieutenant Megan Belyea, from 38 Combat Engineer Regiment, to work with 2 VP in Shilo, Manitoba during
a field firing range. This is her article about the experience.
On October 19, 2013, I had the opportunity to spend the day on a field firing range with A Rifle
Coy, 2 PPCLI, in CFB Shilo. For the month of October 2013, 2 PPCLI deployed to the field to
conduct parts of their IBTS and this was a great opportunity to exercise the skills I learned
previously this year on an Infantry Field Firing Qualification course, as well as a great
opportunity to see field organization on a larger level.
When I arrived at Essen MG Range, I was escorted to the administrative area by Sgt Scott
McFarlane. There I met Lt Jesse Kettle, the Range Safety Officer (RSO) of the range who was
briefing his staff on the layout of the pairs lanes and proving the range. At this time I was
assigned as an Assistant Range Safety Officer (ARSO) on the Western-most lane.
Once the platoons arrived on site, they were given the safety brief for the day shoot and the
range began. One fire team at a time went through either the East or West lane. Out of all the
teams that went through during the day, the most memorable, and most aggressive, was the
Commanding Officer and Regimental Sergeant Major of 2 PPCLI. Watching the RSM
aggressively bayonet each target while taking the trench and the CO destroying the targets
with covering fire prior to a grenade being thrown was motivating, even for me as an outside
Following the day shoot, platoons returned to their Bivouac to prepare for their night shoot. I
remained on site with Sgt McFarlane and the range General Duty staff. Targets were adjusted
to better suite night movement, and I was temporarily issued a pair of Night Vision Monocular
Goggles (NVMG) in order to better ARSO after sunset.
Once the platoons arrived on site for the night shoot, they were again given the safety brief and the range began immediately. Fire teams were assigned to the East or West lane in a way to prevent repetition from the day shoot.
The night shoot was a new experience for me. Each Rifleman had a laser attached to their weapon to display the direction in which they were shooting by use of NMVGs. Towards the end of the night, visibility with the NMVGs was
extremely weak due to the moisture in the atmosphere. Movement was slightly slower on this range; but the aggression
of teams certainly did not show any signs of slowing down!
Once the range was complete and its tear down, all platoons returned to the 2 PPCLI BIV for the night. Once we got up
the next morning (October 20), I returned home to Winnipeg.
Cross training with 2 PPCLI was a great experience and a great opportunity to execute skills I learned on the Infantry
Field Firing course. It provided a better understanding of planning and execution of a field firing range of that size and of
our equipment and its limitations.
Chief of Defense Staff Coins
MCpl Adam Donauer, Royal Regina Rifles MCpl Harry Avinou 10 Field Regiment, RCA Sgt Gary White, 38 Signal Regiment
WO Tim Flath
Op ATTENTION and Camp Eggers
Lieutenant Josh Fordham, Winnipeg Infantry Tactical Group
The Summer of 2013 saw several of 38
Canadian Brigade Group’s soldiers and
officers deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan
as members of the final rotation of Op
Attention (TF 2-13), Canada’s contribution to the NATO Training Mission. As
luck would have it, three of 38 CBG’s
officers ended up deployed together at
Camp Eggers, where they worked as
mentors and advisors within different
Capt Mathew Bittner of the Fort Garry
Horse was employed as the mentor to
the G1 and G3 of the Afghan National
Civil Order Police (ANCOP). ANCOP is
a national police force, which specializes in SWAT and anti-riot tasks. By the
time Capt Bittner arrived in Kabul his
organization was functioning on its own
to a level where direct mentoring was
no longer needed. Instead, Capt Bittner
acted more as a liaison between ANCOP and the International Joint Command (IJC).
(L to R) Lt Cole Janett, Capt Mathew Bittner, Lt Joshua Fordham. Photo taken at the
memorial garden for Capt Daniel W. Eggers, whom the camp the three officers were
posted, was named after.
Lieutenant Joshua Fordham of the
Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of
Canada was employed within the Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG) working as
a staff officer with the team which advises the Afghan National Army’s (ANA)
Operations officer for the General Staff,
Major-General Afzal Aman. Maj-Gen
Aman leads the team responsible for
the planning and conducting of major
operations for the ANA. Working with
the MAG allowed Lt Fordham opportunities to travel outside the Kabul Area vis-
iting locations in Kandahar, Zabul, and Urozgon.
The third officer from within 38 CBG working out of Camp Eggers was Lt Cole Janett. Lt Janett worked as the G1 and
Gender Integration Advisor for the Afghan Border Police (ABP). The Afghan Border Police is an organization of about 23
000, tasked with securing nearly 6000 miles of Afghan border. This involves fighting the illegal drug trade, counter insurgency operations, and monitoring the disputed border with Pakistan. While employed in this position Lt Janett’s main
focus was “installing a personnel management software system, ensuring personnel and recruiting policies were being
complied with, and monitoring the progression of female ABP members and creating policies to ensure their success.”
All three officers returned to Canada in October of this year, and will return to their respected regiments after some much
Lieutenant Colonel Malcolm Young, Deputy Commander, 38 Canadian Brigade Group
On October 29th, Col Ross Ermel Commander 38 CBG along with Commanding Officers of 38 Sigs Regt, the Artillery
Tactical Group, Saskatchewan Infantry Tactical Group and 38 Svc Bn met in Regina with representatives from the
Provincial Government, University of Regina, the provincial Chamber of Commerce, CFLC and other community leaders
to discuss the revitalization of the 38 CBG Units in southern Saskatchewan.
The revitalization of the Units in Southern Saskatchewan is a priority within the Brigade. The discussions were beneficial
as each of the key stakeholders was able to identify possible opportunities for the Command Teams of the Units. the
Brigade Recruiting Group and the Brigade staff to interact and "tell our story" to receptive audiences.
The Commander's intent is to increase the exposure of the Army Reserve to businesses, students attending targeted
Educational institutions. The Brigade will enter into a dialogue with Province to establish a Coop program within a
Regina High School leveraging the success of the Thunder Bay Coop program.
The Brigade Deputy Commander LCol Young will be responsible for working with the Unit Command Teams and
stakeholders in the development and implementation of a multi year plan to achieve the commander objective of
increasing Units strengths by 5% over attrition. An increased focus on the recruitment and retention of leaders at all levels is critical to the success of the plan.
CITY / IT Program
This table lists the individual training courses being conducted
within 38 CBG in the immediate future across the Brigade’s Area of
Watch the next issue of The Brigade for more information on future
Individual training courses
30 Nov – 1 Dec
30 Nov – 1 Dec
30 Nov – 1 Dec
Winter Warfare Basic
21 Dec – 28 Dec
Winter Warfare Basic
21 Dec – 29 Dec
29 Dec – 4 Jan
29 Dec – 4 Jan
7 Jan – 30 Mar
7 Jan – 30 Mar
DL/Res in New Yr
DL/Res in New Yr
DL/Res in New Yr
7 Jan – 9 Mar
7 Jan – 2 Feb
Winter Warfare Basic
8 Jan – 22 Jan
8 Jan – 22 Jan
24 Jan – 13 Apr
18 Jan – 26 Jan
18 Jan – 26 Jan