A new commander for reservists in western Quebec

MONTREAL, June 11, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Nearly 200 Reservists from 34 Canadian Brigade Group (34 CBG) got together on Sunday, 10 June at the Côte-des-Neiges Armoury in Montreal to mark the change of command of the formation.

Colonel Marc Richard finished his two years as Commander of 34 CBG to be relieved by Colonel Luis De Sousa, who assumes the command.

The 34 CBG is a formation of units of the Reserve Force of the Canadian Army. The brigade consists of 14 units, eight of which are located on the Island of Montreal including armored units, artillery, engineering and infantry. These units have contributed greatly to both domestic and expeditionary operations in recent years. At home, the 34 Brigade participated in OP PODIUM, which consisted of supporting security efforts during the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 as well as OP LOTUS during the floods in the Monteregie region in 2011. In foreign lands, reservists from 34 CBG greatly strengthened the elements of the Regular Force during the last decade as part of OP ATHENA, the Canadian combat mission in Afghanistan, which ended in summer 2011. Our reservists are called to continue their contribution as part of OP ATTENTION, the Canadian Forces mentoring mission in Afghanistan.

The 2000 reserve component of the 34 Brigade from all walks of life. These are above all citizens who have chosen to proudly serve in the Canadian Forces and to devote several hours per week and weeks per year of service with the Canadian Army Reserve and for their country.

Image with caption: "From left to right: The previous commander, Colonel Marc Richard, the new commander, Colonel Luis De Sousa, the commander of the Land Forces Quebec Area/Joint Task Force (East), Brigadier-general Richard Giguère. (CNW Group/National Defence) (CNW Group/National Defence)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120611_C7700_PHOTO_EN_14985.jpg

Image with caption: "Change of command parade of the 34th Canadian Brigade Group, the Canadian Army Reserve Brigade for western Quebec. (CNW Group/National Defence)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120611_C7700_PHOTO_EN_14981.jpg

Image with caption: "From left to right: the commander of the Land Forces Quebec Area/Joint Task Force (East), Brigadier-general Richard Giguère, The previous commander, Colonel Marc Richard, the new commander, Colonel Luis De Sousa. (CNW Group/National Defence)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120611_C7700_PHOTO_EN_14983.jpg

SOURCE National Defence

For further information:

Captain Melina Archambault
Public Affaires Officer
34th Canadian Brigade Group
Tel : (514) 252-2777 ext 2137
Courriel : melina.archambault@forces.gc.ca

For more information on the 34 Canadian Brigade Group, please go to: http://www.army.dnd.ca/34gbc/. For more information on the Canadian Army Reserve, pleas go to: http://www.armee.forces.gc.ca/land-terre/reserve/index-eng.asp


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