Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

July 23, 2015 17:00 ET

Army Reserve in Greater Toronto Area and Niagara Gains New Commander

Col. Andrew Zalvin takes over 32 Canadian Brigade Group from Col. Dwayne Hobbs in historic ceremony

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 23, 2015) - Department of National Defence

Colonel Andrew Zalvin assumed command of 32 Canadian Brigade Group (32 CBG), the Army Reserve formation in the GTA and Niagara Region, on Thursday, July 23, in a ceremony at Fort York National Historic Site in Toronto.

"I am extremely proud to assume command of such a capable formation," said Col. Zalvin, a native of Toronto who joined the Canadian Army in 1987 as an Officer Cadet. "The soldiers of 32 Brigade made a significant contribution to the Army's overseas deployments and we continue to support ongoing Canadian missions around the world."

"At the same time we are training every day to be ready to deal with domestic crises, to help Canadians whenever and wherever we are called."Colonel Dwayne Hobbs, the outgoing commander of the Brigade, said his two years as head of one of the largest Army Reserve formations in the country was one of the highlights of his military career.

"It's always a privilege to lead Canadian soldiers," he said. "Commanding a formation like 32 Brigade, which includes some of Canada's oldest and most storied regiments, was a rare honour."

The role of 32 CBG is to produce well-trained Reserve soldiers for operations at home or abroad. In the event of an emergency, either natural or man-made, the brigade is positioned to back up first responders (fire, police, EMS) if they become exhausted or overwhelmed.

There are more than 2,500 soldiers in 32 CBG, 95% of them Reservists, in 13 units based from Scarborough to Brantford and from Barrie to Niagara Falls.

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"I am extremely proud to assume command of such a capable formation. The soldiers of 32 Brigade made a significant contribution to the Army's overseas deployments and we continue to support ongoing Canadian missions around the world. At the same time we are training every day to be ready to deal with domestic crises, to help Canadians whenever and wherever we are called."

Colonel Andrew Zalvin, Commander, 32 Canadian Brigade Group

Associated Links

32 CBG Homepage: http://www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/32-cbg/index.page

32 CBG Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/32CBG?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Contact Information

  • Capt Chris Wattie
    Public Affairs Officer
    32 Canadian Brigade Group
    (416) 633-6200 ext. 2846; (647)229-2546