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“We cannot sell out. We cannot give away. We cannot offer the adversary any corridor or any passage." Commander in Chief, Brigadier David Granger said as he congratulated the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) on its commitment to protecting the sovereignty of Guyana. He reassured all Guyanese that not one square inch of Guyana’s land space nor any part or her sea space would be “given away” to Venezuela.

His declaration, was made on Monday, October 26, as he lauded the GDF for the successful completion of Exercise Greenheart, which had just concluded in the Cuyuni-Mazaruni area in Region Seven.

"We have an obligation to hand over to our children and grandchildren, the country we inherited from our parents and grandparents!” he said. He said too, that although Guyana and Guyana’s economic partners have been terrorized by gunboats from the east and west, the GDF must always be able to guarantee the people that they will be safe. “Today, Guyana has witnessed a display of total national defence.”

“This is not an offensive operation, this is an operation of defence.” he said,” “Greenheart is about defining your territory. We are not defensive nor aggressive. We are protective not offensive. We are positive not negative….they say that Bartica is the gateway to the hinterland. The enemy thought that Bartica would have been the gateway to the coastland but the GDF has stopped the enemy in their tracks so Bartica is the gateway to a free Guyana,” he reassured.

“The exercise is based on the environment of Guyana which is three-quarters  covered in jungle and today, the GDF have displayed, demonstrated, and proved that it is a jungle force to be reckoned with because they have been able to master the environment of Guyana…what you have done here today is exemplary."

Stressing the importance of exercises like this one, President Granger said, "People must know that when they come into Guyana to invest, they will be coming into a safe environment that is protected by one of the best defence forces in the Caribbean, the GDF."


On Monday, October 26, EXERCISE GREENHEART concluded with a very realistic demonstration of military capability in what was termed the “Final Push” or the “Final Battle”, in the vicinity of the airstrip at Bartica.

Conducted over  a period of one week, the Exercise, designed as tactical Close Country warfare training, saw the GDF troops, operating in two Battalions and a Support Company negotiate their way through dense jungle to achieve their objectives.

One Battalion (the friendlies), commanded by Major Raul Jerrick, inserted themselves into the jungle and advanced tactically with the aim of over running, and capturing the Two Battalion (enemy), commanded by Captain Paul Singh. The “Final Battle was the perfect simulation of a stealthy, co-ordinated and well-executed attack, which achieved its objective.

Commander in Chief, His Excellency the President, Brigadier (re’td) David Granger and Minister of Public Security, Kemraj Ramjattan, witnessed the “Final Battle”.

The Commander in Chief lauded the magnificent performance of the GDF at the conclusion of the exercise. "What you have done here today is exemplary," he said, noting that the GDF have demonstrated that they are a jungle force to be reckoned with. "People must know that when they come into Guyana to invest, they will be coming into a safe environment that is protected by one of the best defence forces in the Caribbean, the GDF…what you have done here today, GDF, is an example to show our foreign direct [investors] that their investments are safe and that Guyana will use every fibre of its State system of its defence forces to protect their investment." Congratulating the GDF on the successful completion of the exercise, President Granger told the soldiers that they have demonstrated that they are an army of the people!

Following the “Final Battle” at the airstrip, the troops massed and marched through the streets of the Bartica township where they were enthusiastically received and showered with praises by thousands of residents, including hundreds of school children who had turned out to see and cheer on their brave men and women in uniform.


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GDF conducting Internal Security training at Leonora

The Guyana Defence Force has today commenced Internal Security training, at Leonora on the West Coast of Demerara. This training will conclude on Wednesday, November 4.


The GDF wishes to inform residents of Leonora and the surrounding communities, that there is nothing to fear from the presence and movement of troops within their environs.


Chief of Staff is awarded the MSS

The National Cultural Centre seemed to overflow with Very Important People (VIPs) which included His Excellency The President and Commander in Chief (C-in-C), Brigadier David Granger, members of his Cabinet, members of the Diplomatic Corps, and scores of special invitees, as the 2015 Investiture Ceremony got underway there.

The Cultural Centre was cool, the lighting muted, the stage well-decorated with a stupendously beautiful backdrop depicting the National Symbols of the nation. The initial hubbub died down as all were asked to stand for the arrival of the President in the auditorium, and the ceremony commenced.

It was in this splendid atmosphere, amongst all the pomp and ceremony, that Guyana Defence Force Chief of Staff (COS) Brigadier General Mark Anthony Phillips ascended the stage to receive Guyana’s highest military award, the Military Service Star (MSS). Following his flawless military approach and crisp salute, The COS approached and the         C-in-C conferred upon him the MSS. What followed, was a congratulatory handshake after which the COS saluted the C-in-C once again and departed the stage for his seat.

Brigadier General Phillips, was among 53 Awardees who were honoured by the people of Guyana, at the Investiture Ceremony. Also receiving  National Awards were Colonel (ret-d) Wilbert Arlington Lee, and Lt Colonel (ret’d) Walter Leyland Morris, who were also conferred with the Military Service Medal (MSM).

In his address, President Granger said that, national awards are a symbol of nationhood and are the greatest gift that a nation can offer to its citizens. “Guyana commends you for the outstanding service that you have rendered and which has been recognised. Your commitment to the public good deserves requital. Your dedication to the improvement of your professional calling, your community and your country is appreciated and has been acknowledged."

Brigadier Phillips said that he is humbled by the award and said that he will continue to serve the GDF and the Guyana with the highest degree of dedication and professionalism.

All Officers, Other ranks and Civilian employees of the Force congratulate COS Brigadier Mark Phillips on the conferral of the Military Service Star.



Medical Outreaches and Expo serve the people

“Service” is the Motto of the Guyana Defence Force. This has been the posture of the Force ever since its formation in 1965.

While its primary role is  to safeguard and defend the territorial integrity of Guyana, the GDF is also constitutionally mandated to contribute to the development of the nation.  On October 3, 4, 10 and 11, GDF troops visited the communities of Skeldon and Liverpool on the Corentyne, Linden in Region 10, and Uitvlugt on the West Coast of Demerara, to bring the GDF’s 50th Anniversary Expo to the residents. The delivery of medical services and the demonstration of other skills nurtured by the GDF were the main features of the Expos.

In each community, hundreds of citizens came out and benefitted from free medical services which included blood pressure, cholesterol, haemoglobin, and diabetes testing, blood grouping determination, and,  testing and counseling for HIV. As many as 100 residents across the communities, benefitted from dental checks and extractions.

All the residents, particularly the children, were thrilled by Paratrooping displays that were done by members of the GDF Team. At each Expo, the paratroopers were mobbed by residents who wanted to congratulate them and also have their photos taken with the brave men. Also, to the delight and appreciation of residents in each community, members of the GDF Band Corps performed band displays and serenaded the residents with national songs, soca and calypso music.

The reception given to the GDF troops was always warm and hospitable, and, in each instance, residents expressed the hope that the Force would host the outreaches more frequently. Several youngsters also expressed a desire to enlist with the Force and were advised on how they may do so.

As the GDF’s 50th Anniversary celebrations move into high gear in November, more communities across Guyana will share the same experiences as these communities have.