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Joint Services Band Concert

Members of the Public are invited to come out on Sunday November 16, 2014 at 16:00 hours at the Guyana Defence Force playfield, Base Camp Ayanganna and enjoy an afternoon of fine music from the bands of the Joint Services. Come out and witness the Military, Steel and string bands of the Guyana Defence Force and the Guyana Police Force combined with the Voices of the Joint Services choir in a mass band performance. Preceding the cultural performance there will be a paratrooping display by the 31 Special Forces Squadron of the Guyana Defence Force

Come out and enjoy a relaxing afternoon with your family.

Admission is Absolutely Free. See you there.


Chief of Staff Brigadier Mark Phillips, this morning, formally recognised the outstanding performance of the children of members of the Force by way of the Chief of Staff Award for Academic Excellence.

The recipients, David Ramroop, Keiann Simon, and Jemimah Telford were awarded with certificates and monetary incentives for their performance in the 2014 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate Examinations.


Ramroop, son of civilian worker Sharon Sookhoo, a former Queens College student  and budding Computer Programmer, sat 10 subjects at CSEC and earned 9 Grade 1’s and 1 Grade Two. Keiann Simon, daughter of Lieutenant Colonel and Magistrate Ann McLennan, and  also of Queens College sat 12 subjects and earned 6 Grade Ones, three of which were distinctions , 5 Grade 2’s and 1 Grade 3. This 16 year old , and budding Forensic Scientist, has moved on to pursue studies at the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination level as well as preparing for SAT’s.

The third recipient, Jemimah Telford formerly of Mc Kenzie High School and a prospective Lawyer and Psychologist, wrote 11 subjects and earned 5 Grade 1’s, 5 Grade 2’s and 1 Grade 3. She is the daughter of civilan worker, Odetta Telford.

At the presentation ceremony held at his Office, Brigadier Phillips emphasised that the Force was proud of the students performance and also  pointed how happy he was to hand over the award which was started by his predecessor, Rear Admiral(Ret’d) Best.

“This award presents an opportunity for us to show appreciation for the hard work of the children of our Officers , Ranks and Civilian employees and also to recognise the sacrifices which your parents would have made,” he told the students.

He also pointed out that while the award was a one-off payment , it did not represent a one-off interest in the future performance of the children and insisted that ,  “we want to see you further develop yourself.” “The new limit is space so I encourage you to aim as far as you can,” he implored.

The Chief of Staff Award for Academic Excellence is the Force’s way of rewarding the children of its members who have performed outstandingly at the CSEC examinations. The minimum eligibility for this award is Five Grade Ones at one sitting.

COS intervenes, GDF provides sponsorship for Cleveland Forde.

The Guyana Defence Force this afternoon, provided celebrated national distance athlete Cleveland Forde with the sponsorship necessary, to enable his participation at Sunday’s Association of Athletic Federation (IAAF) South American 10km Road Race Classic, in Panama.

Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Mark Phillips, indicated that it would have been a travesty, had Forde not been able to gain the opportunity to participate at this the third and final leg of the Classic. “After reading of Cleveland’s predicament in one of the dailies this morning, I decided that this young man who has worn Guyana’s colours with dignity and integrity, always delivering excellence, deserved the opportunity to once again represent himself and the nation at this prestigious race,” he said. “The Guyana Defence Force is happy to be able to provide him and indeed Guyana with this opportunity. I am confident that he will do us proud.

Forde, in expressing his gratitude to the Chief of Staff and the GDF, says that participation in the Classic is very important. “This is perhaps the 12th edition of this Classic and I have participated in nine editions. I have progressed from placing fifth in my first exposure several years ago, to chalking up wins in at least one or two stages in my most recent showings. This time, I am aiming to bring the title home for Guyana,” he says.

The Officers and Ranks of the GDF stand solidly behind Forde as he seeks to do himself and country proud. Forde is also a member of the GDF Athletics Club and performed with excellence at the recently-concluded Inter-Services Athletics Championship.



Brothers and Sisters in Arms, on Saturday the 1st of November we observed the 49th anniversary of the Guyana Defence Force.

Today at this our Thanksgiving Service Iextend to you all, Greetings.

We have completed 49 years with a mission statement which reads, and I quote, “To defend the territorial integrity of Guyana, to assist the civil power in the maintenance of law and order, and to contribute to the economic development of this country.”

Our theme for this year, “Towards Greater Operational Readiness for National Defence and Security”, remains appropriate as we usher in our 50th year of Service to the people of Guyana.

My message today is therefore one of Service to our Nation. And notwithstanding what is happening around us, the Guyana Defence Force must function to earn the respect of the citizens of Guyana.

 We must lead in the Defence and security sector, we must contribute to the Development of Guyana, we must collaborate on diplomatic initiatives since Diplomacy remains our first line of Defence, and we must commit ourselves to safeguarding Democracy in Guyana.

As we serve, we must uphold and live the Values and Standards of the Guyana Defence Force, since discipline is the mark of intelligent living.Our Performance, our Professionalism, and Compliance with our Standing Operating Procedures will enhance our Service.

Similarly, we must be Responsible and Accountable as we perform our role, and accomplish our missions and tasks, during our 50th year of service to our Nation.

As a Force, we must continue to improve our operational readiness; Defence Headquarters will continue to facilitate improvements to our health services and facilities, and the well-being, welfare and quality of life issues on all bases and locations.

Special attention will be placed on the training and professional development of all ranks, including our civilians.  And for our 50th year of service, we must renew our focus on the empowerment of our female soldiers and civilians.

To our Veterans, we recognize your service, and will continue to embrace you during our 50th year as we commemorate the past, celebrate the present, and mold the future.

Congratulations to all Officers, Ranks, Civilians, and Veterans of the GDF, as we observe our 49th Anniversary of Service to the Co-opertative Republic of Guyana.

Happy 49th Anniversary! 



    Chairman of the Joint Services Council, Guyana Defence Force Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Mark Phillips, yesterday presented eight of nine persons recognised by the Joint Services, with Awards for Excellence, at the GDF Conference Room at Base Camp Ayanganna. Receiving awards were, GDF Lance Corporal, Nicholas Richards; Guyana Police Force Corporal, Karel Mars; Guyana Prison Service Superintendent, Nicklon Elliot; Guyana Fire Service Leading Fireman, Don Brandis; Misses Amrita Ramnauth, Julissa Williams and Miriam Gaskin, and, Master Dale De Mendonca. The ninth recipient, Miss. Abigaile Hillman was unavoidably absent from the proceedings, but will receive her award subsequently.


Richards, Mars, Elliot and Brandis were presented with awards, having been recognised as the Rank of The Year within their respective organisations; while Ramnauth, Williams, Gaskin, De Mendonca, and Hilliman (children of members of the Joint Services) gained recognition, as the first ever recipients of the newly instituted Joint Services Award for Academic Excellence.

Congratulating and toasting the student awardees, Brigadier Phillips noted that this was just phase two of their academic development and urged that they press on to higher heights. “We are happy to recognise your success at the CSEC examinations. You have done yourselves and families proud. That includes us, your extended Joint Services family. We shall be following your progress as you move forward. The sky is the limit; seize the opportunities available to you today for you shall always have our support. As children of our servicemen and women, it is fitting that you benefit from your parents service to the nation,” he said.

The Chairman of the Joint Services Council next congratulated the servicemen who received awards, saying how proud the various Services were to have them among their ranks. “You have each had a wonderful year and have worked hard and this award

 recognises that dedication and service. Indeed, this may serve as motivation for other servicemen to emulate you so that they too may gain such recognition. Very often, our ranks could feel as if their efforts go unseen, but this is tangible evidence that this is not so. Stay diligent and true to your calling,” he entreated.

Miss. Ramnauth, a former QC student, gained passes at 13 CSEC subjects and is currently reading for an undergraduate degree in Computer Science at the University of Guyana. The aspiring software engineer is thankful for her award and says that, it will be used to offset current expenses associated with her studies at the university.

Williams, a progeny of the North Ruimveldt Multilateral School, is an aspiring agriculturalist. She secured passes in eight CSEC subjects, and aims to commence studies next year, at the Guyana School of Agriculture, before heading off to UG.

Gaskin, an avid swimmer, an accomplished dancer and member of the National School of Dance and the Glaston Ballet School, secured distinctions in four CSEC subjects while in fourth form. She is now a fifth-former at QC, where she plans on writing another 12 subjects and is confident of gaining another Award for Excellence next year.

De Mendonca, earned passes in 10 CSEC subjects and has returned to Bishops High School where he intends to complete studies for CAPE. This young man has his sights set on becoming a cardiovascular surgeon. An avid cricketer, he now plays cricket for the GDF, after having played previously for the Malteenoes Cricket Club. He aims to gain selection to the West Indies side in the future.

Brigadier Phillips indicated that, the Joint Services Awardswill continue to be presented annually. All Officers and Ranks of the Joint Services congratulate the awardees.