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BRC 2016

Two hundred and two young men, who have challenged themselves to making a career in the military, departed Base Camp Ayanganna yesterday (April5), for the Colonel John Clarke Military School (CJCMS) at Tacama.

Over the next 10 weeks at CJCMS, the Recruits will undergo induction training designed to convert them from civilians into soldiers.

 

First edition of the Force Quarterly Fitness Competition (FQFC) for 2016

Taking the top three places in the Men's competition, 31 Special Forces Squadron teams proved to be the best at the first edition of the Force Quarterly Fitness Competition (FQFC) for 2016. The Squadron's "A" Team finished in first place with 718 points while its "C" and "B" teams finished in second and third places, with totals of 716 and 704 points respectively.

In fourth place, with 691 points, was the Coast Guard's "A" team. Air Corps finished in fifth place with 675 points, while 21 Artillery Company finished sixth, with 674 points. The Guyana People's Militia "A"Team finished in seventh place with a total of 661 points.

With a total of 426 points, Base Camp Stephenson's female team copped the first place among the female competitors, with Base Camp Ayanganna taking the second spot with 319 points while the Coast Guard rounded it out at third place with 269 points.

Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Mark Phillips congratulated the all the participants and noted the marked improvement in their shooting skills. However, he noted a few areas where shortcomings were observed, and urged the Units to work toward having their soldiers improve so that they will present a stronger showing at the next FQFC which is scheduled for the end of June.

As is traditional, winning teams were presented with medals and trophies.

Congratulations to all the teams!

 

Section Commanders Course Closing

Twenty three more ranks, drawn from units across the Force are now equipped with the skills necessary to lead and administer an Infantry section in peace time or limited war, following their successful completion of the Section Commanders Course which concluded recently.
The course was conducted by the Colonel Carl Morgan Non- Commissioned Officers Tactics School and covered a number of pertinent areas including Drills, Leadership, Skill at Arms, Minor Tactics, Physical Training and Education.

A soldier of the 31 Special Forces Squadron, LCPL Selwyn Williams received the award for Best Graduating Student. LCPL Williams was also awarded for being the Fittest Student and for having the Best Drill. LCPL Travis Lewis copped the Runner Up student award while the prize for Best Shot went to CPL Kevin Horton.

In Picture, from left LCPL Lewis , LCPL Williams and CPL Horton with their prizes

 

EXERCISE HOLDFAST CONDUCTED (MARCH 9-10)

The Joint Services, comprising the Guyana Defence Force, the Guyana Police Force, the Guyana Prison Service and the Guyana Fire Service, will be conducting a Command Post Exercise (CPX), “EXERCISE HOLDFAST” from Wednesday, March 09, 2016, to Thursday, March 10, 2016, at Base Camp Ayanganna as part of their preparations for Local Government Election (LGE).

The CPX will see Commanders at all levels being exercised in the assessment and planning of possible scenarios which they may encounter during the LGE.

The aim of the CPX is to prepare Commanders, at all levels, to efficiently and effectively perform their duties during the Local Government Election.

 

JOINT SERVICES CONDUCT A SUCCESSFUL PATROL IN REGION 9

The Joint Special Operations Group (JSOG) comprising members of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and the Guyana Police Force (GPF) recently conducted a successful Mobile Interdiction Standing Surveillance (MISS) patrol from Kurupukari to Masakenari (Gunns Strip), Region 9.

The 23-day long patrol was launched to conduct surveillance operations and effect interdictions were necessary, whilst instilling confidence in the residents of the respective communities in the area of operation. It was supported by other members and assets of the Guyana Defence Force.

A total of 55 villages and two mining communities were visited during the patrol’s mission, which was led by Captain John Mohanlall of the Guyana Defence Force. According to Captain Mohanlall, some contraband items were seized and persons were detained by the GPF. “Incidences of law breaking were not many, but those encountered were handled with utmost professionalism, and with the proper recognition of the rights of the citizens,” he said. “We also donated Dictionaries to the schools in each village, and it was noted that in some of the communities, residents appeared to experience their first encounter with military personnel.”

The residents were extremely supportive of the patrol’s presence, and expressed their eagerness to have the military conduct more patrols to and in their respective communities; particularly in light of the fact that several areas were plagued by cattle rustling activities. This patrol was the first of its kind, in terms of the number of communities visited, geographical territory covered, and mobile assets deployed.

The MISS patrol is one of several which will be conducted annually to demonstrate the commitment of the Joint Services in protecting Guyana’s territorial integrity and maintaining law and order.