Guyana Defence Force Website Banner

SOLDIERS RETURN AFTER SUCESSFUL OPERATION ARROWHEAD

After nine grueling days, the members of the Guyana Defence Force patrol who participated in OPERATION ARROWHEAD returned to Base Camp Stephenson following their successful mission to raise the Golden Arrowhead on the summit of Mount Ayanganna, in observance of Guyana’s 50th Anniversary of Independence.

The patrol which was headed by Lieutenant Wavon Samuels, included a lone female, Lance Corporal Shannon Cox. The other members were Lance Corporals Milton Isaacs, Teusimar Peters and Privates Kenroy Samuels, Chavez George, Colliin Hinds and Winston Williams.

The patrol commenced on Wednesday May 18, departing Base Camp Stephenson by aircraft and flown to Chi Chi in Region 8 (Potaro –Siparuni). They continued by foot through the savannah and jungle terrain, to reached the foot of the mountain on Monday May 23. The patrol then began their assent to the summit of the mountain, and after two days of negotiating the mountain’s rugged terrain, they successfully reached the summit on Wednesday May 25, where they hoisted the Golden Arrowhead at midnight.

The hoisting of the Golden Arrowhead atop Mount Ayanganna during Independence, is an annual feature dating back to 1966 

 when a party headed by the late Adrian Thompson, members of the Guyana Defence Force led by Lt Asad Ishoff, along with Amerindian guides, undertook the journey and planted the National Flag atop Mount Ayanganna.

In 1992 a female, Staff Sergeant (ret’d) Beverley Somerset, climbed the mountain, for the first time in our recorded history paving the way for other females to take on the challenge of conquering Mount Ayanganna. The Women’s Army Corps made history again when 'all female' patrols climbed the mountain in 2005 and as recent as 2009. 

 
 
 
 

MP Course

25 Complete Grade 3 Military Police Course

Twenty –Five soldiers, drawn from Units across the Force, successfully graduated from the Grade Three Military Police Course on Wednesday May 18, 2016. This course was conducted by the Military Police Department and was intended to equip soldiers with the core skills necessary to effectively execute Military Policing duties at any Military Base or location in accordance with the Military Police course Manual.

The Course covered a number of areas including Drills, Skill at Arms, Military Police Duties, First Aid, National Policy and Physical Training. Private Ryan Sealy was adjudged the Best Graduating Students while the award for Runner-Up student went to Private Rondel Smith.

The graduates were encouraged to use the knowledge and skills acquired to the benefit of their units and by extension, the Force as a whole.

GDF SADDENED BY SOLDIER'S DEATH

The Guyana Defence Force extends sincere condolences, to the relatives of 23412 PTE Shawn Spellen, who died by accident at Parika, earlier yesterday.

PTE Spellen enlisted with the Guyana Defence Force on 22nd September, 2014, and was attached to the Guyana People’s Militia.

The Chief of Staff and Officers and Ranks of the Guyana Defence Force are saddened by his passing, and grieves with his family at this time.

TWO GAIN JOINT SERVICES AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

Ronaldo Persaud and Christopher Langevine, the children of members of the Guyana Police Force (GPF), yesterday received Awards for Excellence from Chairman of the Joint Services Coordinating Council (JSCC), Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Mark Phillips.

The two young men were recognised by the JSCC for their outstanding academic performances at the 2015 Caribbean Secondary Education Examinations (CSEC). Persaud, gained passes in 14 subjects with six Grade Ones, six Grade Twos and two Grade Threes, while Langevine gained passes at 11 subjects with seven Grade Ones and four Grade Twos.

Brigadier General Mark Phillips, congratulated both young men on their outstanding achievements and encouraged them to keep reaching for even greater academic excellence. “We the leadership of the Joint Services Coordinating Council are heartened by your excellent performances. The results you gained are testimony to your commitment and dedication. We trust that you shall go forward in your lives with the same focus and determination. We shall be following your progress from here onward," he said.

Ronaldo Persaud, the son of Police Sergeant Ramona Collins, is an alumnus of the Saraswati Vidya Niketan of West Coast Demerara. He said that the results he gained were not surprising as he was working to excel. The aspiring entrepreneur, is currently reading for a Diploma in Business Management at the Accountancy Training Centre. He described himself as being determined to make a success of his life. His mother agreed. “I have never had to direct his approach to studying. He does what he has to do without being told. He is a self-directed individual,” she shared.

Christopher Langevine is currently pursuing studies at the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations at his Alma Mater, St Stanislaus College. Christopher had pursued subjects in the Science stream and plans on a career as a Medical Doctor. The son of Senior Superintendent Paul Langevine, Christopher describes himself as “easy-going,” to which father agreed. “Christopher has always done well from Nursery all the way through. A voracious reader, he is goal-oriented and sets his own pace for learning," the Senior Superintendent added. Christopher is the older of two children, with his sibling being a brother.

The Joint Services Awards for Excellence are awarded annually to the children of members of the Disciplined Services who excel at CSEC.

 

SIXTEEN EMBARK ON LEADER SERGEANTS TRAINING FOR 2016

Sixteen youths, including three soldiers who have challenged themselves to successfully complete the 2016 edition of GDF's Leader Sergeant Course, departed Base Camp Ayanganna today for the Sergeants' Academy at Base Camp Stephenson at Timerhi to commence their training.

Successful completion of the programme will see the graduates becoming Sergeants in the GDF.

(Keep checking in with us for updates on this programme)