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.