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2nd Foreign Engineer Regiment
(2e Régiment étranger de génie)
File:Insigne du 2e régiment étranger du génie.png
Regimental badge of 2e REG
Active 1 Jul. 1999 – present
Country  France
Branch Logo of the French Army (Armee de Terre).svg French Army
Type Engineer
Role Combat engineer
Size 900-925 men
Part of 27th Mountain Infantry Brigade
Garrison/HQ Saint Christol, France
Motto(s) Rien n'empêch (Nothing Prevents)
Colors Green & Red
March Rien n'empêche
Anniversaries Camerone Day (30 April)
Saint Barbara (4 December)
Engagements Opération Baliste
Afghanistan-ISAF (Task Force LaFayette)
Battle honours Camerone 1863[1]
Colonel Daniel Bonini
Beret badge of the 2nd Foreign Engineer Regiment Insigne de béret du 2e REG.jpg
Abbreviation 2er REG

The 2nd Foreign Engineer Regiment (French language: 2e Régiment étranger de génie, 2e REG) is one of two combat engineer regiments of the French Foreign Legion in the French Army. It provides the combat engineering component of the 27th Mountain Infantry Brigade.[2] Stationed, since its creation in 1999, on the former site of the French strategic nuclear missiles at Saint Christol, Vaucluse, southern France.


Although created on 1 July 1999,[3] making it the youngest regiment in the Foreign Legion, it has inherited the lineage of the 5th Foreign Infantry Regiment (5e REI), the Tonkin Regiment.

5th Mixed Pacific Regiment

In 1963, after the official disbandment of 5e REI, a new engineer unit was raised as the 5th Mixed Pacific Regiment (French language: 5e Regiment Mixte du Pacifique, 5e RMP) containing both Legion and Army personnel.[4] Stationed at Papeete/Tahiti (Mururoa).

5th Foreign Regiment

It was renamed as the 5th Foreign Regiment (French language: 5e Régiment Étranger, 5e RE) on 1 July 1984.[4] It was resized from 1996 on (last nuclear test of France at Mururoa) and finally disbanded on 30 June 2000 at Mururoa, 4 years after France stopped their nuclear testing there.


The regiment is composed of around 900 to 925 men organized into 6 companies.[3]

  • Compagnie de Commandement et de Logistique (CCL) - Command and Logistics Company
  • Compagnie d'Administration et de Soutien (CAS) - Administrative and Services Company
  • 1er Compagnie de Combat - 1st Combat Company (3 combat sections, a support section and a command section)
  • 2e Compagnie de Combat - 2nd Combat Company (3 combat sections, a support section and a command section)
  • 3e Compagnie de Combat - 3rd Combat Company (3 combat sections, a support section and a command section)
  • Compagnie d'Appui (CA) - Support Company (5 specialist sections)

Commanding officers

  • Colonel Nebois (1999–2001)
  • Colonel Autran (2001–2003)
  • Colonel Fradin (2003–2005)
  • Colonel Boucher (2005–2007)
  • Colonel Chavanat (2007–2009)
  • Lt.-Colonel Kirscher (2009-2011)
  • Colonel Bonini (2011-201_)

Battle honours

Unit decorations

Croix de la Valeur Militaire (Afghanistan 2008-2012)


  1. 1.0 1.1 Camerone is a Battle Honour shared by all Foreign Legion Regiments, no matter when it was formed.
  2. "La brigade". Retrieved 2011-12-30. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Création du 2° Régiment étranger de génie". Retrieved 2011-12-30. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Windrow, Martin (1996). French Foreign Legion Since 1945. pp. 45, 46. 


  • Windrow, Martin (1996). French Foreign Legion Since 1945. Oxford: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1-85532-621-3. 

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