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Veterans receive $1M from GDF.

The Guyana Veterans Legion, $1 M on Veterans Day, as Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Brigadier General Mark Phillips, handed over the cheque to the President of the Guyana Veterans’ Legion, Retired Colonel Gomes,.  This was done on the occasion of the Veterans Day Wreath Laying Ceremony, held at the Veterans’ Monument on the Front Lawns, Base Camp Ayanganna. The veterans were then treated to a sumptuous meals.


Golden Jubilee Tattoo

Thousands turned out to witness the event, packing into the Playfield at Base Camp Ayangana, to secure a vantage point, while yet many more stood on the streets outside to witness the Military Tattoo put on by the local military men and women.
“Tattoo”, the traditional signal given originally by drum beat and latterly by bugle call. This signal warned soldiers to return to their quarters for the night. In garrison towns, innkeepers turned off the liquor taps and the drum continued to beat for half an hour, the time allowed for the soldiers to find their way home.
However, the custom eventually developed into a ceremonial performance of military music by massed bands, a few hours after sunset. After the First World war, the ceremony of Tattoo was developed to include the military displays with which the name is now associated, but which have no connection, apart from the music, with the original function of the ceremony.
The first military tattoo in then British Guiana was held at Eve Leary in 1920 by the British Guiana Militia. The performance included personnel from the Infantry, Artillery and school children. The second tattoo was held in 1963 on the occasion of the seventh anniversary of the Guyana Volunteer Force. The tradition of hosting military tattoos was continued by the Guyana Defence Force, and in 1972 a tattoo was organized as part of the anniversary celebrations.
Other tattoos were successfully held on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary in 1985, 30th Anniversary in 1995, 40th Anniversary in 2005, and the 45th Anniversary in 2010. This year as [art of the 50th Golden Jubilee Anniversary another spectacular military Tattoo was held under the theme “Commemorating the past, Celebrating the Present and Carving the Future”


XGDF Association of Newyork Calls on Chief of Staff

XGDF Association of New York, paid a courtesy call on Chief-of-Staff, Brigadier Mark Phillips during the month of the Guyana Defence Force, Golden Jubilee Anniversary. During the visit the team presented the COS with a plaque.

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Lance Corporal Daniella Castillon is Miss GDF 2015

Miss Sports Department, Lance Corporal (LCPL), Daniella Castillon is Miss. Guyana Defence Force (GDF) 2015! She was crowned at the finals of the Ms GDF Pageant 2015 which culminated with elegance and pageantry at the National Cultural Centre on Wednesday, November 11.

Outstanding delegates who also copped prizes follows; Miss training Corps, (LCPL) Letitia Miles copped the first runner-up and the best fitness title, Ms Base Camp Stephenson, PTE Fomba Ramsay copped the second runner-up and best talent positions, Ms Air Corp, (LCPL) Tiffany Smith gained the third runner up and best body title, Ms G6 Branch, (LCPL) Alicia Jack, coveted the fourth runner-up position and the Ms congeniality title, And Ms Base Camp Ayanganna, (LCPL) Carlesia Laundry was adjudged for best smile.

Following the contestants’ self-introductions, excitement escalated throughout the evening as several performances including the contestants’ swimsuit display, a rousing ‘pose down’ by bodybuilder and current Mr. GDF, Sergeant Davis of 31 SF Sqn and a dance sequence by members of the National School of Dance set the mood for the highly anticipated Evening Gown and Intelligence segments of the pageant. The contestants were resplendent in gowns (some by local designers) and, following the announcement of the final five, it was on to the deciding question of the intelligence segment. The judges made their decision and the placements of the final five were announced with LCPL Castillon emerging as the winner. She was crowned by the former Ms. GDF (2012), Sergeant Shamekia Devonish, and bringing to an end what was truly a night of beauty, grace, intelligence and glamour.



Brazilian Ambassador, His Excellency Lineu Pupo De Paula, today handed over $26M in equipment to GDF Chief Of Staff, Brigadier Mark Phillips, at Base Camp Stephenson. The donated equipment, is the outcome of continued government to government cooperation between Brazil and Guyana, and particularly, between the countries militaries.

The military aid package, consists of eight ARUA 600 Aluminium boats, each outfitted with a Mercury 2-stroke, 40HP electric-start, gasoline outboard motors; 204 Milspec NORMAM5 Jungle warfare life jackets; 200 Ploymer magazine unloaders; 6 military compasses, 20 GPSMAP62s GPS receivers, and one CASE SV185 Bobcat with accessories. This equipment will enhance the training and operational capacity of the GDF, at Colonel Robert Mitchell Jungle and Amphibious Training School (CRMJATS) at Makouria.

Speaking briefly of the donation, which is almost like a 50th birthday gift for the GDF, Ambassador De Paula referenced the long standing cooperation between Brazil and Guyana and said that more has to be done to continue building stronger relations. “We need to go further. We already have military instructors and materials available, but we must look for more ways to improve co-operation,” he said.


Brazilian Military Attaché Colonel Oswaldo Romāo, explained that the reality of the military aid package stems from the fruitful discussions between the GDF and the Brazilian Military, at the 2014 First Bilateral Working Group cacaus. He referenced the coperation between the Brazilian and Guyanese militaries which hails from 1996. “It is an honour to present this equipment which will enhance and impact the training povidedat the GDF’s Jungle warfare school,” he said.

GDF Chief of Staff, Brigadier Mark Phillips, thanked the government and people of Brazil as well as the Brazilian Armed Forces, for their unwavering commitment to aiding the GDF in enhancing the delivery of military jungle training. “This is concrete proof of the ongoing security cooperation between our nations. CRMJATS will be better equipped and this equipment will agument the work of your instructors who are with us and who have aided in improving the delivery of training at our primere jungle training school,” he said, “this will help to move forward, our programme to develop JATS as a Centre of Excellence in jungle training not only for the GDF but for any other country which needs to benefit from such a facility. My highest regards are extended to Maj General Luis Schons, whose promise is now a reality. We are assured that security co-operation between our states and militaries is in good hands as we continue to work together to strengthen our relations.”

Following the handing over of the equipment, at which Officers and ranks of the GDF and the Brazilian Armed Forces were present, there was a demonstration of some of the equipment.