5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group
5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (5 CMBG) is a Canadian Army battle formation with an establishment of close to 5,000 members of the Regular and Reserve forces as well as civilian employees and is equipped with approximately 1,300 vehicles of all sorts.
A front line formation of the National Defence, 5 CMBG plays a major role in the organization of the defence of North America. Active members of Canadian society, the men and women who make up 5 CMBG are committed to aiding and assisting their fellow citizens when circumstances demand, as was the case during the Saguenay River floods in Quebec, the Red River floods in Manitoba and the ice storm that struck the greater Montreal area. More recently, members of the Brigade were deployed around Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu to lend support to civilian authorities during the spring 2011 floods in the Montérégie area.
On the international scene, more than 10,000 members of 5 CMBG have been deployed since 1990 as part of peacekeeping operations. The deployments have made these men and women true ambassadors of Canada abroad.
Motivated by their motto “Allons-y”, which means, “
Let’s Go!”, members of 5 CMBG stand ready to carry out their mission, wherever they are needed.
- 5e Régiment d’artillerie légère du Canada (5 RALC)
- 12e Régiment blindé du Canada (12 RBC)
- 5 Combat Engineer Regiment (5 CER)
- Headquarters and Signals Squadron (HQ & Sig Sqn)
- 1 Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment (1 R22eR)
- 2 Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment (2 R22eR)
- 3 Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment (3 R22eR)
- 5 Canadian Service Battalion (5 C Svc Bn)
- 5 Field Ambulance (5 Fd Amb)
- 5 Military Police Platoon (5 MPP)
430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron (430 Tac Hel Sqn)
Commander - Colonel Michel-Henri St-Louis
Sergeant Major - Chief Warrant Officer Stéphan Despins
5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (5 CMBG) is similar in name to the 5th Brigade of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, for which Camp Valcartier was built. Founded in 1914, the 5th Brigade of the Canadian Expeditionary Force distinguished itself in many battles, particularly at Ypres, Vimy, The Somme, Passchendale and the Hindenburg Line. The 5th Brigade of the Canadian Expeditionary Force was reconstituted in September 1939 as an active service formation. With the end of the war, the brigade was disbanded and its units resumed their role within the Canadian Reserves.
The establishment of 5 Combat Group was tied to the creation of the new units under its control and between 1977 and 1992, name changes became a relatively frequent occurrence for 5 Combat Group in order to reflect different operational roles. Thus, 5 Combat Group became 5 Canadian Brigade Group (1977), 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade (1989) and, finally, 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (1992).
Today, 5 CMBG is made up of eight units: a light artillery regiment, an armoured regiment, a combat engineer regiment, a headquarters and signals squadron, three infantry battalions and a ser vi ce battalion. Three other units provide support to 5 CMBG troops: 5 Field Ambulance, 5 Military Police Platoon and 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron.
For information about the vehicles and weapons used by the Canadian Army visit our Equipment page.
5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters
Valcartier Garrison, building 513
CP 1000, Succ Forces
Courcelette (Québec) G0A 4Z0
Téléphone : (418) 844-5000 ext. 4688
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