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GDF PARTNERSHIP WITH MINISTRY OF EDUCATION BENEFITS STUDENTS

The Guyana Defence Force continues to fulfill its mandate to contribute to the development of Guyana through its partnership with the Ministry Of Education.  Through this partnership, the GDF continues to provide access to its facilities,particularly its main base, to pupils of Nursery, Primary, and Secondary schools across the country.

 

Between February 13 - 17, more than 150 pupils and teachers of nine schools visited Base Camp Ayanganna. They were from the Kiltearn Nursery School, the Betsy Ground, Saraswat, McKenzie, Tuschen, and Number 29 Primary schools, Skeldon High School, and the Woodley Park and Anns Grove Secondary schools. Close to another 100 students and teachers had visited earlier in the month.

 

During their visit to the Military Museum. the students learned about the history of the GDF. They also learned about the role of the GDF in defending Guyana's sovereignty, and about the various options available to anyone who chooses to have a military career. 

 

In addition to the schools' visits, the GDF provides the opportunity for fourth and fifth form secondary school students to complete their Work Study stints. During those stints, the students gain an understanding of what is required of them in the work environment. In addition they acquire an understanding of how various Units and Sub-Units of the Force operate. 

 

The Guyana Defence Force remains proud of its contributions to the development of Guyana and its role in shaping and moulding young minds for service to our dear nation. In this regard, the GDF will continue its partnership with the Ministry of Education to educate and inform our youth about its role, and to contribute to the academic development of the pupils.

Canadian High Commissioner and French Military Attache pay Courtesy Calls on COS

Chief of Staff Brigadier Patrick West, received and welcomed the Canadian High Commissioner H.E Pierre Giroux, and the French Military Attache Lieutenant Colonel Laurent Ducrot, at Defence Headquarters, during Courtesy Calls this week. Mr. Ducrot visited on February 8, while Mr. Giroux's visit was on Feb 9. 

The visitors congratulated Brigadier Patrick West  on his appointment  as Chief of Staff (COS). On both occasions, discussions held between the visitors and the COS centered on bilateral cooperation between the GDF and their respective military institutions.

GDF honours First Lady and Prime Minister's wife for their contribution to the development of women across Guyana.

First Lady, Her Excellency Sandra Granger and Mrs Sita Nagamootoo, the wife of Prime Minister Moses Magamootoo, were honoured on February 6, with the Guyana Defence Force Women's Army Corps 50th Anniversary Commemoration Medal. In his capacity as Acting President, Prime Minister Nagamootoo conferred the medal on these distinguished women as Honorary Recipients, for their outstanding contributions to the promotion and development of women across Guyana.

Chief of Staff , Brigadier Patrick West said that, conferral of the medals to Mrs Granger and Mrs Nagamootoo was the tangible expression of the gratitude of the Force, in recognition of their work.

WAC shine at 50th Anniversary Medal Presentation Parade

Female Officers and Ranks shone during the Guyana Defence Force  Women's Army Corps (WAC) 50th Anniversary Medal Presentation Parade, which was held on February 6, 2017 at Base Camp Ayanganna. 

 

The parade comprised four Platoons drawn from Base Camp Ayanganna, Base Camp Stephenson, the Coast Guard and the Guyana People's Militia, and was commanded by Commanding Officer of the WAC, Lieutenant Colonel Natasha Stanford. In the parade, the Force Colour was carried by Colour Ensign, Lietuenant Stacy Cadogan.

 

Acting President, His Excellency Moses Nagamooto, conferred the WAC 50th Anniversary Commemoration Medal on one Officer and 31 Other Ranks, who were the first recipients of the Women's Army Corps (WAC) 50th Anniversary Commemoration Medal during the parade. All females in service in the GDF as at February 6, are to receive the medal.

 

Commander in Chief, His Excellency President David Granger, authorised the issuance of the Commemoration Medal to commemorate the fiftieth year of the existence of the Women's Army Corps. This medal is granted to honour all female Officers, Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and soldiers, who are on active duty in the Guyana Defence Force, as at the sixth of February, 2017.

Firsy Lady, Her Excellency Sandra Granger along with the Hon Prime Minister's wife, Mrs Sita Magamootoo were among the persons present to witness the historic parade. Also in attendance was United States Navy Rear Admiral Martha Herb who was specially invited to Guyana for the WAC Anniversary observances.

 

(Photography by Lance Corporal Hananiah Warde and Privates Kenneth Richards and Kenneth Gaskin of the G5 Branch).

 

Female Officers and Ranks conferred with the WAC 50th Anniversary Commemoration Medal

All female Officers and Ranks of the Guyana Defence Force who are in service to the GDF as at February 6, 2017, are being conferred with the Women's Army Corps 50th Anniversary Commemoration Medal.

At the Women's Army Corps 50th Anniversary Medal Presentation Parade, which was held on February 6, at Base Camp Ayanganna, one female Officer and thirty-one female Other Ranks were conferred with their medals. Here are photographs of the Medal.

One image shows the front of the Medal which shows the GDF Insignia with the words "Guyana Defence Force Military Commemoration Medal" inscribed. The back of the Medal carries the image of the Victoria Regia Lily, supported by two crossed rifles, with the words"Women's Army Corps 50th Anniversary" inscribed.

The ribbon to which it is affixed, comprises a lilac-coloured band with white edges.