1st Foreign Engineer Regiment

1er REG insignia1er Régiment Étranger de Génie, 1er REG. One of the two combat engineer regiments of the French Foreign Legion. The 1er REG has been stationed in the Quartier Général Rollet, located at Laudun, Southern France, since its creation in 1984 (at the time as the 6e REG). The regiment provides combat engineering support for Legion units and French Army regular units.

The 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment draws its lineage, attributes and traditions from the 6th Foreign Infantry Regiment, a unit organized in Syria in 1939 and disbanded in Tunisia in 1955.

The 1er REG served in Chad (1987), the Gulf War (1990-91), Afghanistan (as the first Legion unit to be deployed there), Mali (2013-15), Central African Republic (2014-2020s) and took part in other military operations.

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History of the 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment

Learn more about the history of the 1er REG during the 1984-2014 period, including many pictures:
History of the 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment

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Current structure of the 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment

The regiment is divided (in 2023) into 6 companies. It comprises over 900 officers and legionnaires. A reserve company consisting of non-Legion reservists is also assigned to the regiment.

The 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment carries out a variety of construction and demolition missions under combat or non-combat conditions (demining, opening passages, humanitarian + public construction projects etc..), while still keeping a role fighting as infantry, with military speciality in amphibious warefare. The regiment also operates a platoon of Engineer Combat Divers (PCG, formerly DINOPS) or the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team composed of EOD specialists, who are trained to deal with disarmament and disposal of high explosive munitions.

The 1er REG serves as an engineering regiment of the 6th Light Armored Brigade (6e BLB). Other regiments of the Legion also made part of this brigade: 2e REI, 1er REC and 13e DBLE.

In 2023, the 1er REG is composed of:

  • HQ & Logistics Company (Compagnie de Commandement et de Logistique, CCL)
  • 1st Company (1re Compagnie, 1re CIE)
  • 2nd Company (2e Compagnie, 2e CIE)
  • 3rd Company (3e Compagnie, 3e CIE)
  • 4th Company (4e Compagnie, 4e CIE)
  • Combat Support Company (Compagnie d’Appui, CA)
    • Deployment Support Platoon (Section d’Aide au Déploiement, SAD)
    • Field Organization Platoon (Section d’Organisation du Terrain, SOT)
    • Landing Support Platoon (Section d’Aide à l’Engagement Débarqué, SAED)
    • Water Production Platoon (Section de Production d’Eau, SPE)
    • Liaison & Direct Action Reconnaissance Platoon (Section de Liaison et de Reconnaissance Offensive, SLRO)
      • Engineer Combat Divers Team (Plongeurs de Combat du Génie, PCG)
      • Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team (Élément Opérationnel de Déminage-Dépollution, EOD)
      • Specialized Military Search (Fouille Opérationnelle Spécialisée, FOS)
      • Weapon Intelligency Team (WIT)
  • 5th Reserve Company (5e Compagnie de Réserve, 5e CIE)


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