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Operation Dragnet

The Joint Services, comprising the Guyana Defence Force, the Guyana Police Force, the Guyana Prison Service and the Guyana Fire Service, will be conducting“OPERATION DRAGNET” between December 01, 2015, and June 01, 2016, throughout Guyana with the aim of enhancing national security.
During this period there will be increased movement of Joint Services personnel and the conduct of intensified security operations, both by individual Services and jointly, which may result in some inconvenience to members of the public.
The Joint Services is advising citizens not to be alarmed and calls for their support during “OPERATION DRAGNET.”


The Chief of Staff has authorised the issuance of the fiftieth anniversary Medal to commemorate the fiftieth year of existence of the Guyana Defence Force.

The Medal embodies the Theme “Commemorating the Past, Celebrating the Present, Carving the Future”.

This medal is granted to honour all Officers, Warrant Officers, Non –Commissioned Officers and soldiers who have honourable serve and are on active duty in the Guyana Defence Force as at the 1st November, 2015.

The Guyana Defence Force expressed full confidence in your service and professionalism.


Finance Dept Banking Clerk tops JLC

Twenty –Four year old LCPL    Derreck Daniels copped the prize for Best graduating student of the recently   concluded Junior Leaders Course (JLC).

Daniels, a resident of Lethem, also copped the prize for Best  Military Knowledge .


Meanwhile , LCPL Silton David from the 21 Artillery Company  was the runner up student . He was also awarded the prize for Best Fitness. The prize for Best Drill went to PTE Wilford Scott while LCPL Terrance Niel of the 21 Artillery Company received the prize for Best Shot

The four were part of a group of 61 students,   including one from St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force ,who successfully completed the course  which saw them undergoing 12 weeks of intense training.

JLC is intended to make soldiers  competent enough to lead and administer a section , squad or equivalent in peace time and combat.

The students who have not successfully  completed the entire course are to return to complete various modules.

Office Commanding of the Course , Captain  David Shamshudeen , in a presentation of the course brief , stated that the course covered many areas including Military Ethics,  Administration, Map Reading and Navigation , Drills and Skill at Arms. The students of the course were also able to gain hands on experience in Open and Close Country Warfare  on the recently concluded Exercise Greenheart.

Lieutenant Colonel Fitzroy Warde in a short , but  inspiring  presentation implored the young leaders to let their performance  speak volumes of their profession. He also told them that upon  return to their units , the onus was now on them to demonstrate what they have learnt.




Reigning Champions Special Forces

The 31 Special Forces (31 SF) 'C' team emerged as the  winners of the Military Command Competition, “Run and Shoot,” that was held on 26th and 27th, November 2015 at Base Camp Stephenson Timehri (BCS).

The 31 SF 'C' team was amongst 24 other teams, which included a team from the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force and four female teams from the Guyana Defence Force (GDF).

During the competition, the SF 'C' team performed favourably in all areas of the tournament. They copped 712 points  to narrowly oust their competitors to win the final Run and Shoot Competition for 2015.


Meanwhile, SF 'B' team and Training Corps (Trg Corps) placed second and third with  710 points; and 696 points respectively.

Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, Brigadier Mark Phillips presented the team with their trophies and medals. The first place, second place and third place winners received monetary incentives of $300,000, $200,000, and $100,000 respectively.

BCS female 'B' team was the overall winner in the female category. They gained 55% and received their trophies and medals. However, the team received no monetary incentive because they failed to reach the 60% pre-requisite margin.

The Trinidadian Defence force scored an average 512 points and placed 8th.

The participating teams were challenged to complete a three mile run in 20 minutes, undergo target shooting and falling plates at a 100 meters and throw grenades, execute proper swimming and flotation techniques, and manoeuvre through obstacle crossing, rappelling, navigation and medical casevac.

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Jehu West and Miriam Gaskin copped the 2015 Chief of Staff Award for Academic Excellence, and received their Certificates of Excellence and monetary awards from Brigadier General Mark Phillips, at a simple ceremony at the Office of the Chief of Staff at Defence Headquarters yesterday morning.


Gaskin who was pursuing studies in the Arts stream, gained passes in 12 CSEC subjects with five Grade Ones, while West, a science-stream student gained passes in 11 subjects with six Grade Ones.


West, a former student of Saint Stanislaus College is a Sixth Form student at Queens College, is pursuing a CAPE  Associate Degree in Natural Sciences. Not yet conclusive about a career path, he is considering astronomy, radiology, or neurology, as the areas in which he could develop and build a career. Gaskin, a former Queens College student, had earned distinctions in four other CSEC subjects in 2014. She is currently pursuing studies for a CAPE Associate Degree in Environmental Science at the Bishops High School, and for now, is mulling a possible career in geology.

Jehu expressed thanks to the GDF on behalf of the two awardees for recognising their successes at the CSEC programme. “It is good that the GDF recognises that youths are the future, and is encouraging us, through this award, to forge ahead and continue pursuing excellence.”

Brig Gen Mark Phillips ongratulated the awardees for their achievements. “This cannot be the end of your learning and education. You have to push on to higher heights. We expect that you shall go on to gain university education to the highest possible levels,” he said, “we’ll be looking at you, and looking out for you, because we will be interested in your future achievements. Congratulations and God Bless!” he added. 

Miriam Gaskin is the daughter of Colonel (ret’d) Enoch Gaskin, while Jehu West is the son of Colonel Patrick West. The Chief of Staff Award for Excellence, rewards children of members of the Force, who gain five or more Grade Ones at one sitting of the CSEC examinations.