1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group

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1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Badge

   “Ever vigilant”  

1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (1 CMBG) is an Army Regular Force formation of 3rd Canadian Division and is headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta.

Our mission is:  “1 CMBG will generate, employ and sustain combined-arms combat forces for operations in the service of Canada.”   

Our vision statement is:  “1 CMBG is ready to fight and win on the modern battlefield. Rapidly deployable, decisive and aggressive, 1 CMBG soldiers are flexible in mind and action, mentally and physically resilient and relentless in the pursuit of excellence.  Intelligent, tough and compassionate, our actions are always beyond reproach, serving as an example to all with whom we interact. We accomplish the mission and take care of one another and our families, always putting service before self.”


Command Team

1 CMBG Commander

Commander: Colonel W.H. Fletcher

Chief Warrant Officer D.J. Hessell

Sergeant Major: Chief Warrant Officer D.J. Hessell


1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group has traditions which date back to May 1911, when the 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade was allocated to the 1st Division of the Non-Permanent Active Militia. Even before that date the 1st Brigade had existed independently as a formation of the Canadian Militia.

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Contact Us

1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters
Building 400, Italy Crescent
PO BOX 10500 Station Forces
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 4J5

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