39 Service Battalion

Unit Information

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CONCORDIA VICTRIX
A Good Spirit Conquers

Army Reserve

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Join Our Team

Please do not hesitate to call us for more information. We would be pleased to review your resume, and have you visit us for a tour of our unit.

Our Team Recruiter

Victoria
Phone: 250-363-8337
Richmond
Phone: 604-238-2325

Or contact

Phone: 1-800-856-8488
Find a recruiting centre near you.

When We Train

We train on Wednesday evenings, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 

Trades In Our Unit

Equipment

Vehicles:

  • 10 ton Heavy Logistics Vehicle Wheeled (HLVW): Recovery, Cargo, and Troop Carrying variants
  • 8 ton Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS): Multiple variants

See a complete list of Vehicles and Weapons.

Who We Are

39 Service Battalion is a reserve service battalion of 39 Canadian Brigade Group garrisoned in Richmond and Victoria, B.C. It provides logistical support such as transportation, supplies, repairs, and personnel  to the rest of the 3rd Canadian Division units located in British Columbia. 

39 Service Battalion was stood up on April 1, 2010 and amalgamated 11 (Victoria) Service Battalion and 12 (Vancouver) Service Battalion.

Benefits of Joining

When you join our unit, you will receive competitive pay for your part time or full time work as well as be eligible for on the job training that could benefit you in civilian life. Also, there are medical, dental and educational benefits available to Army Reservists.

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Command Team

  • Commanding Officer: Lieutenant-Colonel R. Alolega
  • Regimental Sergeant Major: Chief Warrant Officer W. Greeley

Honorary Colonel

  • Honorary Colonel Steven Point

Contact Us

Victoria

39 Service Battalion, 11 Company
Lieutenant-General EC Ashton Armoury
724 Vanalman Avenue
Victoria, BC
V8Z 3B5

Richmond

39 Service Battalion,12 Company
The Sherman Armoury
5500 No. 4 Road
Richmond, BC
V6X 3L5

News

Alex Decoteau in police uniform, 1911

From the Olympics to Passchendaele: Alexander Decoteau’s exceptional journey

Passchendaele, Belgium — On November 12, 2017, Canadians will participate in the Alex Decoteau Run, a 5K portion of the 16K Poppies’ Run taking place through the historic battlefield of Passchendaele in Belgium. This event is one of many held in 2017 to commemorate the centenary of the battle.
November 7, 2017

Soldiers  right before taking part in the Edmonton YWCA’s 2017 “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” fundraiser

Swapping army boots for high heels for a worthy cause

Edmonton, Alberta — Over 400 men participated in Edmonton’s YWCA “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” fundraiser on September 20, 2017, teetering along a downtown block in high heels to raise awareness and funds for survivors of domestic violence.
October 24, 2017

Fort St. John, B.C

Military convoy celebrates Veterans, Alaska Highway

Dawson Creek, British Columbia — A collection of retired military vehicles has been given a new lease on life by a group of enthusiasts that has taken them on a journey of over 6,000 kilometres to salute veterans.
September 21, 2017

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Our History

Prior to 2010, 39 CBG, the headquarters responsible for all Primary Reserve units in the province of British Columbia, had two service battalions under its chain of command. They were 11 (Victoria) Service Battalion and 12 (Vancouver) Service Battalion. They amalgamated into the two companies, 11 (Victoria) Service Company and 12 (Vancouver) Service Company, that make up 39 Service  Battalion, providing critical logistical support to Army Reserve units within 3rd Canadian Division. Established in 1965 at Jericho Park in Vancouver, 12 (Vancouver) Service Battalion brought together a collection of independent supply, transport, maintenance and administration elements into a single unit.  In a similar fashion, 11 (Victoria) Service Battalion was created in 1970.  While 39 Service Battalion is a very recent addition to the order of battle, the history of army reserve service units extends back to the very early days shortly after the foundation of both Victoria and Vancouver.

Operational History

39 Service Battalion and its ancestors do not have an operational history.  However, unit members formed a number of organizations serving in both World Wars and continue to serve in peacekeeping and other operations of the Canadian Forces into the 21st century.  The battalion continues in the tradition it has always had – provide the best support to the units of 39 Canadian Brigade Group that can be achieved whether for military operations or domestic emergencies. This includes ensuring the provision of all necessary equipment and supplies from boots to bullets and gasoline to groceries. The trucks of the battalion deliver all of this as well as transporting soldiers to where they need to be.  In addition, battalion maintainers (mechanics) work on the vehicles and weapons of the Brigade to ensure they are in the best working condition. Finally, the cooks prepare the meals needed to sustain all the soldiers.

Today, the service battalion continues its tradition of service to Canada through the generation of reserve combat service support soldiers that augment Canadian Battle Groups overseas, and support civilian authorities during times of domestic emergency and security.

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