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Opening of JCSC #26

Chief of Staff, Brigadier Mark Phillips, challenged the students  on the Junior Command and Staff Course Number 26, to deliver their best work. He was at the time, delivering the feature address at the formal opening of the Course at the Jaguar Lecture Hall at Base Camp Stephenson.

“This course is a management course. It is a command course. Here, you are being trained for leadership and command,” the COS said.

He challenged the Officers to deliver their best work during the course. In this regard, he advised them to broaden their understanding of the pre-independence and post-independence military history of Guyana. He also encouraged them to pay keen attention to understanding the dynamics of writing the Service Paper, since the paper serves as a very a critical component in determining their success and completion of the course. “Your papers ought to create awareness of problems which face the Joint Services and to discuss the issues and offer possible solutions,” he said. “During this course you shall be challenged through problem-solving, the exercise of critical analysis and learn how to process change. You must also learn to meet deadlines and this will probably be a very significant challenge. You are going to have to get out of your comfort zone,” he added.  “You are to study the military as a profession. As a profession, we deliver the public goods, defence and security. Public goods are non-exclusionary. We do not provide these things for one person only, we provide them for the entire nation; all the people!”

The intensive twelve-week course is offering training for 17 officers of the GDF, two Officers of the Guyana police Force and one Officer from the Guyana Prison Service. Apart from specific military training, the students will be exposed to tuition in Management Theory and Techniques, Communication, Budgeting and Planning and Staff Duties. The student officers will also visit several places of, including the Environmental Protection Agency.


14 Officers Commissioned

The Guyana Defence Force has officially welcomed an additional 14 Officers following the completion of the Standard Officer Course Number 48.

The course commenced on March 27, 2015 with a total of 45 Officer Cadets. Twenty endured the rigors of training which provides a solid foundation for the subsequent professional development of all cadets. Two of the Officers were from the Belize Defence Force and one from the St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force. Three of the successful GDF Officers are receiving additional training overseas.

 President and Commander in Chief, His Excellency Brigadier David Granger presented the New Officers with their Instruments of Commission , after they took their Oath of  Allegiance, at the Credentials Room at the Ministry of the Presidency on Tuesday , February 9, 2016. The traditional Commissioning parade was held the following day.

Second Lieutenant Cleveroy Patrick was awarded the Sword of Honour for being the Best Graduating Student.

In his address, President David Granger made clear his expectations, telling the new officers that they must uphold the missions and responsibilities of the GDF while upholding the six core values of service, loyalty, discipline, honor, trust, and courage. He charged them to discharge their responsibilities within the GDF and Guyana; with pride, passion, and professionalism.He also urged them to embody and uphold the high personal and professional standards of their new rank and challenged them to continue to develop themselves academically.

The Commander in Chief also recognised the participation of the three officers from the two sister Caribbean States and noted that this is in accord with Guyana's commitment to regional integration.



The Guyana Defence Force Women’s Army Corps turned 49 today

To mark the occasion, a celebratory Thanksgiving Church Service was held at the Auditorium at Base Camp Ayanganna.

Chief of Staff, Brigadier Mark Phillips, congratulated the Corps on achieving another milestone. “The Guyana Defence Force, thanks you for your service,” he said.

Brig Gen Phillips encouraged the female Officers and ranks to seize the opportunities for personal and professional growth presented to them by the Force. “You are no less intelligent or capable than your male counterparts,” he said. “We expect equal participation in all activities regarding the conduct of our national mandate.”

To rousing applause, the Chief of Staff announced the imminent deployment of female soldiers to some border locations. “Soon, women soldiers will be deployed to some of our border locations,” he indicated. “You are to embrace changes,” he added.

The Chief of Staff also encouraged all female Officers and ranks to conduct themselves always, in a manner that earns the respect of their male peers and also that of the wider society.

Attending the event were, several retired female Officers and Other Ranks, including two who were from the initial intake of females in 1967.

The Women’s Army Corps was born out of a critical national need, following foreign aggression and incursion into Guyana’s territory, which the GDF responded and repelled the aggressors. With a significant number of males deployed to counter the actions of the aggressors, a shortfall in manpower for the continued operations of the force occurred, prompting the recruitment of females. 


China to provide more military aid to GDF: COS inks Aid Protocols with Chinese Ambassador

The Guyana Defence Force Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Mark Phillips and China’s Ambassador to Guyana, His Excellency Zhang Limin this morning signed the relevant Protocols for a 40 million RMB yuan (G$1.2B) military aid package to the GDF.

The package includes the supply of heavy duty road building equipment and two patrol boats.

Thanking the government and people of China and, the People’s Liberation (PLA) Army Brigadier General Phillips said that, the aid is to be utilised particularly in the recapitalisation of the GDF 4 Engineer Battalion, which is to be engaged in several infrastructural development works in the hinterland. Some of the materiel he added, will enhance the capacity of the Coast Guard and boost its law enforcement capabilities in the Coast Land and Riverain areas. Brigadier Philips also lauded the on-going cooperation between the PLA and the GDF and indicated that it exemplifies what true co-operation for development is all about.

Ambassador Zhang Limin indicated that China and the PLA were interested in continuing the friendly relations with the Guyana and GDF. He also expressed the hope that the relationship between the two countries and their militaries would continue to strengthen.

Also briefly discussed at the signing ceremony, was the possibility of the GDF and the PLA collaborating on future infrastructural projects in Guyana’s hinterland.


The signing was concluded in the Conference Room at Defence Headquarters at Base Camp Ayanganna.


GDF athletes rewarded for stellar performances throughout 2015

Guyana Defence Force Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Mark Phillips, today rewarded members of the GDF Athletics team for the delivery of consistent and sterling performances during 2015; in particular, for retaining the Inter-Services Annual Athletics Championship (ISAAC) title.

Brigadier General Philips congratulated the athletes, their Coaches, and the team’s Management for the team’s outstanding performance during 2015 including ISAAC 2015. “All of you gave of your best. You trained and dedicated yourselves to delivering the victory for the Force even when the odds were against you. I am proud of you, the entire GDF is proud of you, even the past members including Chiefs of Staffs are proud of you!” he said. “As we recognise your sterling performances and award you this incentive, I encourage you to continue training. Continue to commit yourselves to excellence as the 2016 edition of the ISAAC, will present challenges but I expect you to be victorious. I am also hopeful that some of our athletes will qualifying for the Olympics this year,” he said. “You are aware, swimming was added to last year’s ISAAC, and in our preparations this year, a Swimming Coach will be hired to boost our representation in this field. This is not only to enhance our performance at the Joint Services Championship, but also to have swimmers compete at various local and regional competitions.

Recognition for the outstanding performances were also noted, and the athletes who gained special mention for their ISAAC performances were: Champion Female, Recruit Natrena Hooper; Runner Up Champion Female, Recruit Aniqua Powley; Runner Up Champion Male, Petty Officer Leslain Baird; Champion Male Swimmer, Corporal Noel Culpepper;

Recruit Damon Williams, who broke the Triple Jump record; Reservist Tenesha Cort, who broke the Javelin and Discus records; 100m Champion, Lance Corporal Akeem Stewart; 800m Champion, Reservist Wayne Harlequin; Long Distance Champion, Recruit Andrea Foster, and, Sergeant Tyshon Bentick who placed second and third in the 5000m and the 1500m respectively.