Land Force Central Area

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4th Canadian Division
Active 1991 to present
Country Canada
Branch Canadian Army
Role responsible for Canadian Army operations in Ontario.
Size 10,000 soldiers: 5,000 in regular force; 5,500 reserves and 1,200 civilian employees
Website www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/central/index.page
Commanders
Commanding officer BGen Omer Lavoie
Insignia
Formation patch 4 Canadian Armoured Division patch.png

The 4th Canadian Division, formerly Land Force Central Area (LFCA), is responsible for Canadian Army operations in the Canadian province of Ontario.[1] The 4th Canadian Division is headquartered at Denison Armoury. The command was formed in 1991 and renamed in 2013.[2]

History

LFCA was created on 1 September 1991, taking command of what was previously Central Militia Area and the Regular Force Army units and formations in Ontario from the northern Lakehead region to the border with Quebec. At that point in time, the six subordinate militia districts were reorganized into four: Northern Ontario District, London District, Toronto District, and Ottawa District.[3] Later that decade, in 1997, the four reserve force districts were again reorganized into three brigade groups.

At the time of its creation in the early-1990s, it was housed on the grounds of the former base and subsequently moved ca 1993 to the Place Nouveau office tower at Yonge Street north of Finch Avenue; this was controversial as the offices of the area commander, Major-General Brian Vernon, were lavishly renovated, attracting political criticism and attention from the Auditor General of Canada.[citation needed]

In 2013, LFCA was renamed 4th Canadian Division. With this change of name, the formation was also granted the identifying patch and historical lineage of the division that fought in the two world wars.

Commanders

  • Brigadier-General Omer Lavoie – 2012–present
  • Brigadier-General Lewis, MSM, CD – 2010–2012
  • Brigadier-General Collin, OMM, CD – 2008–2010
  • Brigadier-General Howard, MSM, CD – 2007–2008
  • Brigadier-General Thibault, CD – 2005–2007
  • Brigadier-General Lessard, CD – 2003–2005
  • Brigadier-General Andrew Leslie, OMM, MSM, CD – 2002–2003

Regular Force

Structure of the 4th Canadian Division
  • 4th Canadian Division Training Centre – Meaford
  • 2 Area Construction Troop, 4 Engineer Support Regiment – Petawawa
  • 21 Electronic Warfare Regiment – Kingston – On April 17, 2010, the regular force 2 Electronic Warfare Squadron and reserve force 772 Electronic Warfare Squadron combined to form the new 21 Electronic Warfare Regiment under LFCA.[4][5]
  • 2 Military Police Regiment

2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group

2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group CFB Petawawa
2 CMBG Headquarters & Signal Squadron Communications CFB Petawawa
2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery CFB Petawawa
The Royal Canadian Dragoons Armoured CFB Petawawa
2 Combat Engineer Regiment CFB Petawawa
1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Mechanized infantry CFB Petawawa
2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment* Mechanized infantry CFB Gagetown
3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Light infantry CFB Petawawa
2 Service Battalion Combat Support CFB Petawawa

*2nd Battalion The Royal Canadian Regiment is stationed at Gagetown, which falls under the administration of 5th Canadian Division

2 Area Support Group

Units

  • Personnel Services
  • Operations Services
  • Technical Services
  • Engineers Services Squadron
  • Signals Services Squadron

Branches

  • Safety Services
  • Environmental Services
  • Corporate Services

Reserve Force

31 Canadian Brigade Group

31 Canadian Brigade Group London
31 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters London
1st Hussars Armoured reconnaissance London
The Windsor Regiment (RCAC) Reconnaissance Windsor
11th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA Artillery Guelph and Hamilton
49th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA Artillery Sault Ste. Marie
31 Combat Engineer Regiment (The Elgins) Engineer St. Thomas and Waterloo
31 Signal Regiment Communications Hamilton
The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment) Light infantry Hamilton
4th Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Light infantry London and Stratford
The Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada Light infantry Cambridge and Kitchener
The Grey and Simcoe Foresters Light infantry Owen Sound and Barrie
The Essex and Kent Scottish Light infantry Windsor and Chatham
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise's) Light infantry Hamilton
31 Service Battalion   London, Hamilton, Windsor, Sault Ste. Marie

32 Canadian Brigade Group

32 Canadian Brigade Group Toronto
32 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters Toronto
The Governor General's Horse Guards Reconnaissance Toronto
The Queen's York Rangers (1st American Regiment) (RCAC) Reconnaissance Toronto and Aurora
7th Toronto Regiment, RCA Artillery Toronto
56th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA Artillery Brantford
32 Combat Engineer Regiment Engineer Toronto
32 Signal Regiment Communications Toronto
The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada Light infantry Toronto (downtown and Scarborough)
The Royal Regiment of Canada Light infantry Toronto
The Lincoln and Welland Regiment Light infantry St. Catharines and Welland
The Lorne Scots (Peel, Dufferin and Halton Regiment) Light infantry Brampton, Oakville and Georgetown
48th Highlanders of Canada Light infantry Toronto
The Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother's Own) Light infantry Toronto and Mississauga
32 Service Battalion   Toronto

33 Canadian Brigade Group

33 Canadian Brigade Group Ottawa
33 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters Ottawa
The Ontario Regiment (RCAC) Reconnaissance Oshawa
30th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA Artillery Ottawa
42nd Field Artillery Regiment (Lanark and Renfrew Scottish), RCA Artillery Pembroke
33 Combat Engineer Regiment Engineer Ottawa
33 Signal Regiment Communications Ottawa
Governor General's Foot Guards Light infantry Ottawa
The Princess of Wales' Own Regiment Light infantry Kingston
The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment Light infantry Belleville, Peterborough and Cobourg
The Brockville Rifles Light infantry Brockville
Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders Light infantry Cornwall
The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh's Own) Light infantry Ottawa
The Algonquin Regiment Light infantry North Bay and Timmins
2nd Battalion, Irish Regiment of Canada Light infantry Sudbury
33 Service Battalion   Ottawa, North Bay

Other Reserve units

  • 3 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group – Borden
  • 2 Intelligence Company – Toronto
  • 7 Intelligence Company – Ottawa

Abbreviations

See also

References

  1. Official LFCA-JTFC Web Site
  2. "Restoring the Canadian Army's historical identity". Department of National Defence. Retrieved 9 July 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Domestic Military Organization 1900-1999". Canadian Soldiers.com. 22 February 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2539957
  5. http://www.army.forces.gc.ca/lfca-jtfc/2-eng.asp

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