Canadian Rangers Receive “Awesome” New Uniforms

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Ranger Denise Patrick and Master Corporal Pamela Chookomoolin try on some of their new uniforms in Peawanuck.
Ranger Denise Patrick and Master Corporal Pamela Chookomoolin try on some of their new uniforms in Peawanuck.
New Canadian Ranger Uniforms Being delivered
New Canadian Ranger Uniforms Being delivered

New Canadian Ranger Uniforms Winning Praise

THUNDER BAY – 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 fleecy, 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.

Ranger Denise Patrick and Master Corporal Pamela Chookomoolin try on some of their new uniforms in Peawanuck.
Ranger Denise Patrick and Master Corporal Pamela Chookomoolin try on some of their new uniforms in Peawanuck.

“I heard we were getting some new equipment, so it’s cool it’s arrived,” said Master Corporal Pamela Chookomoolin of the Peawanuck Ranger patrol. “I like the rain jacket. It looks good. I think the new uniforms are awesome.”

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.

“It’s beautiful kit,” Colonel Richardson said. “It’s been a long time coming and they have needed it.”

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,” he 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.)

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Sergeant Peter Moon is the public affairs ranger for the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group. Canadian Rangers are army reservists who provide a military presence in Canada's remote and isolated regions, including Northern Ontario. They provide skilled assistance in emergencies such as searches, plane crashes, forest fires, and floods. They also operate the Junior Canadian Rangers, a youth programme for boys and girls aged 12 to 18.