Combat Engineers’ storied history
The unit is responsible for the formation and training of a
Field Sqn, a Counter-IED Sqn, an Engineer Support Unit Troop and a
Construction Management Organization Troop.
COURTESY 1 CER, Western Sentinel, 9 June 2011
1 Combat Engineer regiment is a unit of 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade
Group, a formation within Land Force Western Area. The regiment is
presently includes a Regimental Headquarters, 11 Field Squadron (Sqn),
13 Armoured Sqn and 18 Administration Sqn.
Currently there is an armoured troop in Afghanistan and the Regiment is
preparing for Operation Athena with a deployment this fall. The unit is
responsible for the formation and training of a Field Sqn, a Counter-
IED Sqn, an Engineer Support Unit Troop and a Construction Management
In the early 90s, 1 CER deployed twice as a formed unit.
In 1991, the unit deployed to Kuwait for ordinance clearance and
construction of Observation Posts and Sector Headquarters within the
Demilitarized Zone between Kuwait and Iraq, receiving a Chief of
Defence Staff Unit commendation. In 1992, the unit was deployed on a
United Nations mission into Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Regiment also sent
elements to support UN and NATO operations in the Balkans.
1 CER remained based in Chilliwack until the summer of 1996 when it was
moved to the Edmonton Garrison as part of the consolidation of 1
Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in Alberta. The Regiment grew and a
second Field Sqn was formed.
Post 9/11, 1 CER provided squadron-size elements to support Task Forces
within Afghanistan. 1 CER has continued to support Operation Apollo in
2001 in Kandahar and through the shift to Kabul and back to Kandahar in
In addition to their major commitment to deployments overseas, 1 CER
has deployed on domestic operations in Canada: the 1997 Manitoba
Floods; the Ice Storm in Ontario and Quebec in 1998; and the G8 Summit
in Kananaskis in 2002.
1 CER provided Combat Dive support to the Swiss Air crash at St.
Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia in 1998 and offered immediate engineer
support to the victims of the Pine Lake Tornado in Alberta in 2000.
The Regiment has responded to wildfires in Salmon Arm, B.C. in 1998,
Redwater in 2002 and Kelowna in 2003. 1 CER was recently involved in
Operation Podium, the security mission during the Vancouver 2010 Winter
Olympics. Most recently, they have assisted with the 2011 floods of the
Assiniboine River in Manitoba.
For the unit’s efforts in delivering an Armoured Troop on extremely
short notice to Task Force Afghanistan and the continued force
generation for subsequent rotations, 1 CER received its second Chief of
Defence Staff Unit commendation in Sept 2008. With the introduction of
the Armoured Engineer Vehicles in 2006 the unit is responsible to force
generate the Armoured Troop for every rotation overseas, passing on
their specific brand of excellence around the world.
1 CER has continued to grow with the Army’s expansion. Currently there
are over 500 officers, soldiers, Sappers and support trades personnel
within the unit.