A Squadron is a medium weight, armour reconnaissance squadron that provides timely and accurate information to its higher headquarters and commanders. A sub-unit of The Royal Canadian Dragoons, A Squadron also fills the role of the Brigade Reconnaissance Squadron for 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group.
A Squadron is comprised of three armour reconnaissance troops, an administrative troop and a headquarters troop. Its 120 members are physically and mentally fit, flexible and adaptable to wide variety of tasks ranging from full scale combat, to peace support operations and domestic aid to civil authorities. Capable of mounted and dismounted operations, A Squadron operates with the latest dismount equipment and is transitioning from legacy Coyote reconnaissance and LAV 3 armour vehicles to the newest Tactical Armour Patrol Vehicle and, in the near future, the LAV 6.0 equipped with a long range reconnaissance suite.
Previously a cavalry squadron, A Squadron converted to reconnaissance in 2003. The squadron has deployed multiple times to Bosnia and Afghanistan as a formed sub-unit, and continues to supply individual augmentation to missions in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and around the globe. Currently, A Squadron is completing its high readiness cycle and is the Canadian Army’s deployable reconnaissance squadron.
Officer Commanding B Sqn
B Sqn Sergeant Major
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B Squadron has a long and proud history as an integral part of The Royal Canadian Dragoons.
Recently, from 1987 to 1993, B Squadron was equipped with the Cougar armoured cars and conducted training in Canada. When Canada ended its NATO commitment in Germany in 1994 and returned its heavy armour to Canada, B Squadron returned to its tank roots and was equipped with the Leopard C1 Main Battle Tank, later upgraded to Leopard C2. Immediately after receiving its tanks in 1994, B Squadron re-roled and trained as a mechanized infantry company for service with the United Nations Protection Force from October 1994 to May 1995. From 1995 to 2003, B Squadron was the only sub-unit in 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG) capable of defeating the enemy through the aggressive use of firepower and battlefield mobility. In 1997 and 1998, B Squadron soldiers served their fellow Canadians by assisting them during the Red River flood of 1997 and the Eastern Ontario Ice Storm of 1998. As 2 CMBG’s firepower and mobility experts, B Squadron soldiers ensured that 2 CMBG had world-class tank mobility and direct fire capability to fight and win in all phases of war, culminating in its performance during 2 CBMG’s 2003 Brigade Training Event in Wainwright, Alberta .
In 2004, B Squadron relinquished its Leopards and became a reconnaissance squadron. It deployed to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan as the Kabul Multinational Brigade reconnaissance squadron from January to August 2005 and again from February to August 2007 in Kandahar where it saw high intensity combat as part of the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment battle group. In 2009 B Squadron once again returned to Kandahar in support of the second last combat mission in Afghanistan.
Since 2010, B Squadron has actively trained in both the mounted and dismounted reconnaissance roles. In 2014, B Squadron became 2 CMBG’s High-Readiness Armoured Reconnaissance Squadron - a role it continues to fill - and proved itself in a challenging brigade level training exercise in Wainwright, Alberta.
OC B Sqn
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