This year the Camerons are the lead unit for the 33 Territorial Battalion Group (33 TBG), commanded by LCol Jackson, with other key positions in the TBG HQ (RSM, DCO, Ops O, etc) filled by members of the Regiment. Should a natural disaster occur, 33 TBG is the organization 33 Canadian Brigade Group would stand up to provide the assistance requested by the civilian authorities. The TBG is comprised of 3 Domestic Response Companies (DRC’s) that are geographically focussed in their make up and intended area of support: DRC NORTH (a grouping of units lead by 49 Fd supporting Northern Ontario), DRC RIVER (a grouping of units lead by the Ontario Regiment supporting Central and South Eastern Ontario along the St Lawrence River) and DRC Capital (a grouping of units lead by the Camerons supporting the National Capital Region and Eastern Ontario.
An added task this year is for the TBG to plan and conduct the collective training field exercises from 01 Nov 2018 to 31 Mar 2019. This will see each DRC plan and conduct exercises concurrently in their geographic area focussed on achieving key Battle Task Standards (BTS) to ensure they are prepared to deploy should the need arise. The training this year will be focussed on Offensive Operations at the Section and Platoon level. The experience gained and skills learned in mastering these BTS will translate well to a Domestic Operation where teamwork, communication and leadership is required to succeed.
DOMESTIC RESPONSE COMPANY (DRC) CAPITAL conducted FTX CAPITAL FORCE 1 in 4 CDSB Petawawa on 23-25 Nov 2018. The DRC CAPITAL (comprised of CHofO and GGFG pers was supported by elements from 33 Svc Bn (wpns techs, supp techs, cbt storesmen and a Field Kitchen), 30 Fd (FOO), 33 Sigs Regiment (CP Det), 7 Int Coy and 28 Fd Amb (embedded medics and a Unit Medical Section) conducted Platoon Hasty Attacks (dry by day) which was the main Battle Task Standard covered during the FTX. The conduct of the exercise was augmented by a Field Expedient Live Fire Range that saw Sections conduct Live Fire Section Attacks as part of the tactical scenario. The range was supported by 3 RCR which provided members to augment the Range Staff. The Field Kitchen was supported by HMCS CARLETON which provided a member to assist with its staffing requirements. A true Joint effort and a good example of Regular and Reserve Force cooperation.
As part of the tour to France, the contingent participated in the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium. This service has been held every day since 1928, except when the city was occupied during WWII.
We were honoured that 2Lt Alexandre Leger was invited to play the Lament for the ceremony.
Our friend Francois Lepoint prepared a video and photo montage which can be seen by following this link:
On September 1-2 Maj (ret’d) Roger Laplante, 2Lt Alexandre Leger, Cpl David Harding and Cpl Afton Maisonneuve will be representing the Regimental Family in France at services commemorating the awarding of the Victoria Cross to Pte Nunney of the 38th Bn CEF, a predecessor unit of the Camerons.
The village of Vis-en-Artois, where Pte Nunney earned his VC, are dedicating a portion of the highway which was the centre of the axis of advance for the 38th “Canada’s Highway of Heroes/Voie Sacree du Canada”. In addition, the village is naming a small square “Place du 38Bn FEC” and erecting a plaque there in Pte Nunney’s honour.
The party will be visiting Pte Nunney’s grave as well as other cemeteries where members of the 38th are buried. As well they will be visiting Vimy, Passchendaele and Ypres.