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GDF maintaining a professional approach to GFF elections

The Guyana Defence Force is maintaining a solidly professional approach to the upcoming elections of the Guyana Football Federation.

The GDF categorically states that it will not engage in any public support for either of the two teams, Team Integrity and Team Unity, which are contesting the elections. Additionally, no member of the GDF will be on the slate of either of the two teams. As such, Captain Loring Benons, the President of the GDF Football Club, has since withdrawn from Team Integrity.

Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Mark Phillips met with representatives of Team Unity, a meeting which was requested by the team. He stands ready to also meet with Team Integrity’s representatives at a mutually convenient time.

The GDF Football Team has, over the years, been one of the signal Clubs in many of the GFF and GFA Tournaments, and will continue to do its part to foster the growth and development of football in Guyana, without, in this instance, any show of partisan support. 

GDF, Best Gym at National Intermediate

The Guyana Defence Force clinched the Best Gym title when the 2015 National Intermediate Boxing championships concluded at California Square on Sunday, September 20.

With 13 Finalists the GDF delivered exceptional performances to finish with seven Champions and six runners-up in several weight divisions. GDF Coach and National Technical Director, Terrence Poole, indicated his total satisfaction with the performances of his charges.

“That all thirteen of our finalists made a mark in this championship is commendable, since each boxer, champion or runner-up, delivered outstanding performances,” he said, “while all the guys did very well, I am very proud of the Champion in the Junior Flyweight division, Private (PTE) Teusimar Peters. Peters trained with us over the duration of one week and, despite not having the full immersion as his team-mates, he shone in the ring. His fight was impressive and was the most talked-about bout of the finals.”

Mr. Poole expressed confidence that the GDF will achieve more success at the National Open Championship, which is slated for sometime in October. “We are going to continue making waves and delivering exceptional performances. The National Open is an important tournament for us because its outcomes will determine who is tipped to represent Guyana at the International Goodwill Tournament which is scheduled to be hosted right here in Guyana from November 26-29. I am confident that a number of GDF boxers will be on the Guyana team.”

The GDF Champions are: PTE Teusimar Peters - Jnr Flyweight; PTE Keon Williams - Bantamweight; OR Colin Lewis - Jr Welterweight; PTE Marley Ross - Welterweight; OR Dwayne July - Middleweight; Mikel Sancho - Lt Heavyweight; and, Royden Joseph -  Super Heavyweight.

The boxers who were Runners-Up are: PTE Teflon Green - Flyweight; PTE Courtney Lynch- Bantamweight; Civ Akeem Henry  Lightweight; Civ Winston Long - Welterweight; PTE Joshua Fraser - Middleweight; and, PTE Shemar Eastman-  Heavyweight.

The Chief of Staff, Officers and Ranks of the GDF, congratulate all the boxers, Coach Poole and the Gym for their outstanding successes.


82 complete post-BRC specialist training

Eighty-two soldiers successfully completed post-BRC specialist training on Friday, September 18 at Base Camp Stephenson. Forty-seven of the soldiers graduated from the Standard Infantryman Course (SIC) 2015-02, while 37 others graduated from the Artillery and Support Weapons Course (ASWC) 2015-01.

22730 PTE Eon Thomas was adjudged the Best Student of SIC, while 23174 PTE Romario Wilson and 23714 PTE Roy Magloire copped the Runner-up and Best Fitness awards respectively.On the ASWC, 23351 PTE  Keon Blunt and 23834 PTE Shaquille Harte were honored as the Best and Runner-up Student respectively.

Second in Command of the First Infantry Battalion, Major Raul Jerrick, congratulated the successful soldiers.“Congratulations! This is your first tier of upward mobility in the GDF. Every good destiny begins with the first step.” he said.  He pointed to the significance of the two courses sharing the same graduation and noted that it was, “...a clear demonstration of the need to interface with each other in the military. We depend on each other to effectively carry out our roles and the effort of one unit contributes directly to the result of another.”



22314 AR Curtis Micklewas adjudged the Best Graduating Studentwhen seven Coast Guard ranks graduated from the Grade III Marine Diesel Engine Operator Course on September 15 last. Mickle said that he did not initially set out to earn the award as Best graduating Student; “At the beginning of our assessments, I was average. However, as the course progressed,  my assessed scores kept improving and, as a result of my hard work and dedicated studies, I have gained the award.” AR Mickle said that one ought to be focused and be purposeful; “Nothing good comes without dedication and determination to succeed,” he said.

In his remarks to the graduates, Captain (CG) Gary Beaton first congratulated them on their achievement. He then cautioned them to remember that their graduation at this level, was only one phase in their training, and to realise that the pinnacle of their career is yet to be achieved. “This is the first step toward building a career as engineers. You have many more levels of learning to complete. As technical persons, working with the engines of our vessels, your’s is a critical task. Your skill and the professional application of your knowledge is what will make the difference in whether or not many of our operations are successful,” he said.

Among the graduates was the lone female, OR Aliesha Moseley, whose goal is to become a certified marine engineer. She acknowledges that the going will be tough, but that she is ready to be challenged further.




GDF adds value to Indigenous Heritage Celebrations

For the Guyana Defence Force, involvement in the annual celebration of Indigenous Heritage Month is a traditional occurrence. First off, the GDF mounts a Guard of Honour, which greets the Head of State upon his arrival at the Sophia Exhibition Centre, for the official opening of the celebrations. The Guard of Honour usually comprises members of the GDF who are of Indigenous heritage. This year it was no different.

The GDF was also present at the Heritage Week observations at Santa Mission, on the Demerara River. Santa Mission was selected as the Heritage Village. As expected, a contingent from the Force was dispatched to the Mission, with the express aim to aid in preparations, and to participate in the celebrations there. The contingent rose to the challenge, and provided sterling service at the Heritage Village, as its residents prepared to host the Heritage Week celebrations.

Led by, Major Mendonca of the GDF’s First Infantry Battalion, the contingent numbering some  30 persons, departed Base Camp Ayanganna on September 5, and arrived at Santa Mission at 17:30hrs that day. The team immediately got to work, assisting the residents of the Mission with various aspects of the preparations.

Members of the GDF contingent also turned out crisply, and greeted Minister of  Indigenous Affairs, the Honourable Sydney Allicock, and other visiting government officials, with a Guard of Honour.

Throughout the ensuing celebrations, the soldiers worked alongside the “locals”, and provided whatever assistance was needed. Apart from working tirelessly to ensure a safe environment, they also joined with the residents and other visitors to celebrate. The GDF serves the people of Guyana, and remains committed to contributing to the development of Guyana, through its involvement in national events.