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Fairbairn Egerton Liverpool

Fairbairn Egerton Liverpool is a former Adjutant General of the Guyana Defence Force.  He joined the GDF as an officer cadet on 29 December 1965, his twentieth birthday and retired from the GDF on 31st December 2000, thirty-five years later.  He was one of the first two officers to be trained at the Royal Military Academy (RMA), Sandhurts, in the UK (1966-1967).

During his service, he was appointed a platoon commander in No 4 Company, 2nd Battalion, where he was soon after assigned responsibility for training; he also served in several hinterland locations.  In 1969 he was appointed Adjutant 1st Battalion and participated in Operation Climax in the New River.  Over the next sixteen years, he was promoted, progressively becoming a Lieutenant Colonel in 1977, when he served as the General Staff Officer (GSO1 Coord).  He also held the appointments of officer commanding No 4 Company; commanding officer Training Corps and Air Corps; Commander of the Infantry Brigade; and Adjutant General.

In the field of sport he played a role in developing the GDF basketball team in which he played for a while.  Like several of his peers, he also lent his leadership and administrative skills at the national level in the administration of the Guyana Basketball Association.

Liverpool attended several military and academic training programmes including the Commonwealth Jungle Warfare School in Malaya; the Infantry Commander’s Course at the School of Infantry, Warminster (UK); the Army School of instruction Technology, Beaconsfield (UK); and the Brazilian Army Command and Staff School (ECEME).  He also studied at the University of Guyana where he gained the Bachelor of Social Science degree (Management), and the University of Carleton, Canada, where he gained the Masters degree in Development Administration.

In 1986, he was seconded to the Ministry of Home Affairs as the Permanent Secretary and, in the position, he became the architect of Guyana’s counter-narcotics strategy following Guyana’s accession to the UN 1988 Convention on Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances and has been pivotal to the coordination of the fight against narco-trafficking, in 1998, he was seconded to become Coordinator of the Regional Coordinating Mechanism for Drugs and Crime Control Programmes within the CARICOM Secretariat.

Fairbairn Liverpool was born on 29th December 1945 in Worthmanville, Georgetown.  In December 2000, he officially reverted to the GDF and subsequently retired.