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Originally established in 1940 as the home of No. 5 Equipment
Depot, a supply centre for all the east-coast RCAF stations.
As a result of the Unification, the Station was re-named CFB Moncton and
control of the base was transferred to Maritime Command in 1966. The
role of the base was to provide administrative and logistical support to
5 Canadian Forces Supply Depot, a Recruiting Centre, the Eastern New
Brunswick Militia District Headquarters and the local Reserve Force and
In the mid 1990s, a reorganization and consolidation occurred
within the Canadian Military. Several bases were either downsized,
merged or closed and as a result, CFB Moncton was reduced to a
detachment of CFB Gagetown in 1995. Command of the Detachment was
transferred Land Forces Command. No. 5 Canadian Forces Equipment Depot
closed on 1 April 1 1996.
In 1995, No. 1 Construction Engineering Unit re-located from
Winnipegï¿½s Kapyong Barracks.
Currently occupying the detachment, re-named Moncton Garrison,
are the 4th Air Defence Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery, 37 Canadian
Brigade Group Headquarters, No. 1 Engineer Support Unit (formerly No. 1
Construction Engineering Unit), 32 Service Battalion, the 8th Hussars
and Canadian Forces Support Establishment Moncton, who provide the local
Reserve, Cadet and remaining Regular Force units with administrative
and logistical support.
Some of the former CFB Moncton remains as it was, although not
all the buildings are used. A small portion of the property was severed
off and transferred to the Canada Lands Corporation. The Royal
Canadian Legion now occupies the former Officer's Mess and the Canadian Forces Housing Agency still maintains 53 PMQs (now called Residential Housing Units) for military members.
In April 2012, the Department of National Defence announced that Moncton Garrison would be closed in the near future.
Source material: DND press releases from May 1989 & February 1994,
information supplied by John Allain Corporation of the City of Moncton
(1999), information supplied by Claude Despres, Corporation of the City
of Moncton (1999), New Brunswick Military Heritage Project -
http://www.unb.ca/nbmhp/02_NBMHPsites.htm, New Brunswick Military
Heritage Project - http://www.unb.ca/nbmhp/02_NBMHPsites.htm,
information supplied by Doug Zwicker, 1 Engineer Support Unit (2004),
"Abandoned Military Installations of Canada Volume III: Atlantic " by
Author Paul Ozorak & information supplied by Bill Soucoup,
Constable, RCMP Patrol Section Codiac Regional RCMP Detachment Moncton
(1999), CBC News - www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2012/04/04/nb-defence-cuts-gagetown-moncton.html.