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Warrant Officers' and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers' Conference 2016

This morning, Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Mark Phillips declared open the Warrant Officers (WOs) and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCOs) Conference of 2016, at the Auditorium at Base Camp Ayanganna. The two-day conference, is an annual event which is attended by all serving WOs and SNCOs, who are not on essential duties.

Delivering the Feature Address before declaring the conference open, Brigadier General Mark Phillips, recounted the busy and successful year of 2015. He spoke of the operational deployment of GDF troops, prior to, during, and after the National General Elections of May 11 that year. He lauded the troops' professionalism while engaged on that operational deployment, and also the Force's smooth transition under the leadership and civilian oversight of a new political administration. He reminded the assemblage, that they must not waver in their professionalism. Also highlighted, was the Force's engagement in the Force Tactical Exercise (FTX) "EXERCISE GREENHEART", which saw the troops exercised in the jungle of Region 7, in a scenario that replicated conflict conditions.

"We also celebrated our Golden Jubilee, 50 years as a professional and the main institution tasked with the defence and security of all Guyana!" he said.

Over the next two days, the WOs and SNCOs will review the Force's performance, and their involvement in 2015, while caucusing to discuss matters of importance regarding the evolution, development, and sustenance of the Corps of WOs and SNCOs.

Also present at the opening of the conference, were Commanders and Staff Officers leading various Units, Branches and Departments of the Force, and several former WOs and SNCOs.

 

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.