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 at Quartier Général Rollet, located at Laudun, southern France since 1984, the date of its creation (as 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 (6e Régiment étranger d’infanterie, 6e REI), 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), in Afghanistan (as the first Legion unit being moved there), Mali (2013-15), Central African Republic (2014-present) and in other military operations.

 

History of the 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment

See the history of 1er REG during its 1984 – 2014 period. Well-ordered data, including pictures from all decades:
History of the 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment

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Current structure of the 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment

The regiment is divided (in 2017) into 6 companies. It comprises rougly 935 officers and legionnaires. A reserve company comprising some 70 non-Legion reservists is also assigned to the regiment.

The 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment is assigned to the 6th Light Armored Brigade, together with 2e REI, 1er REC and 13e DBLE. The 1er REG conducts 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.

  • 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)
  • Military Support Company (Compagnie d’Appui, CA)
    • Deployment Support Platoon (Section d’Aide au Déploiement, SAD)
    • Field Organization Platoon (Section d’Organisation du Terrain, SOT)
    • Engagement Support Platoon (Section d’Aide à l’Engagement, SAE)
    • Water Production Platoon (Section de Production d’Eau, SPE)
    • Explosive Ordnance Disposal (Élément Opérationnel de Déminage-Dépollution, EOD)
    • Specialized Operational Search (Fouille Opérationnelle Spécialisée, FOS)
    • Engineer Combat Divers (Plongeurs de Combat du Génie, PCG)
  • 5th Reserve Company (5e Compagnie de Réserve, 5e CIE)

1st Foreign Engineer Regiment promotion

 

1st Foreign Engineer Regiment’s official website: 1er Régiment Étranger de Génie

 

1st Foreign Engineer Regiment’s current news

See the news and updates from the 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (1er REG) posted on our website:
1st Foreign Engineer Regiment’s latest news

 

1st Foreign Engineer Regiment’s regimental song

The regimental song of the 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (1er REG):
Le fanion claque et s’élève

 

Location of the 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment

 

 

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