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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1 CMBG hones warfighting skills on Ex IRON RAM

Wainwright, Alberta  — Much of 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (1 CMBG) descended on the Wainwright training area in mid-October to participate in Exercise IRON RAM (Ex IRON RAM). With nearly 2000 CAF members representing every 1 CMBG unit, as well as 1 Field Ambulance and 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, Ex IRON RAM is 1 CMBG’s largest exercise of 2017.
November 16, 2017

Colonel William Fletcher, Commander of 1 CMBG, shakes the hand of a soldier to be deployed

Edmonton soldiers deploy to lead NATO battlegroup in Latvia

Edmonton, Alberta – Throughout early and mid-June 2017, 450 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members deployed to Latvia on a renewed Operation REASSURANCE, the Canadian Armed Forces’ support to NATO assurance and deterrence measures in Central and Eastern Europe.
June 19, 2017

Western Canadian soldiers deploy and return under Operation UNIFIER in Ukraine

Approximately 200 Canadian Army soldiers from 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (1 CMBG) headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, will be departing for Ukraine as part of Operation UNIFIER, beginning today, until the middle of March.
March 6, 2017

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