Thursday, May 19, 2016
Canadian Rangers Receiving New Uniforms
By Peter Moon
Defence Watch Guest author
The Canadian Army is issuing several items of new clothing for Canadian Rangers across the Far North of Ontario.
“The clothing they are getting is in their traditional red colour,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Matthew Richardson, commanding officer of the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, which commands the 650 Rangers in 23 First Nation communities in northern Ontario. “People will know that they are clearly Rangers in their new uniforms because it’s all in Ranger red.”
The new uniforms are a red fleece, red raincoat, and a red winter outer jacket
The Rangers are part-time army reservists who wear a traditional red “hoodie” as part of their distinctive military uniform.
The first uniforms were delivered to the Peawanuck and Attawapiskat patrols during a visit to the two communities by Colonel Richardson. He said they will soon be delivered to other Rangers across the north. The new uniforms supplement the military kit already issued to all Rangers.
“They have the gear they wear out on the land and that gear is warmer than the new items of clothing,” Richardson said. “The purpose of the new uniforms is not so much for day to day events. It’s more something to wear at ceremonial and community events and for some training events. In addition to the new uniforms we’ve thrown in new hats, t-shirts, and hoodies for them.”
(Sergeant Peter Moon is the public affairs ranger for 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group at Canadian Forces Base Borden.)
Photo above: New Ranger uniforms arrive at Peawanuck airport.
Photo below: Ranger Denise Patrick and Master Corporal Pamela Chookomoolin show of their new uniforms to Winisk First Nation Chief Edmund Hunter in Peawanuck.
Photos by Peter Moon