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GDF Cessna crashes no injuries sustained

The Guyana Defence Force Cessna 206 today, crashed upon landing at Camp Jaguar at New River at 1350hours. None of the persons on board were injured.

A Board of Inquiry (BOI) into the incident has been mandated, and the BOI team is travelling to the location tomorrow, September 25. Further details will be provided on the completion of the BOI 



Thirty – Four members of the Guyana Defence Force, including civilian employees are currently undergoing HIV Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) training which is being facilitated by the National Aids Programme Secretariat (NAPS).

The training commenced on Monday September 15 and will essentially equip participants with the skills to provide VCT services to persons desirous of knowing their status.


National VCT coordinator , Deborah Success- Hall explained that the training is being conducted in three phases: Counselling, Practical and Preceptorship. She noted that it was important for persons accessing the services of VCTs to be prepared psychologically and in this vein, 10 days of the training has been dedicated to Counselling. In this regard too, she pointed out that emphasis is being placed on ensuring that participants are equipped with skills to handle the other cross cutting issues which may affect clients. “ “Sometimes clients come with other social issues which may be affecting them ,so at least we want to ensure that the counsellors and testers are equipped to deal with these issues at least at the basic level” she noted.

She noted that at the end of this counselling phase, participants will be subjected to an evaluation for which they must achieve at least 85% which automatically qualifies them for the Practical Aspect of the training which involves actual Testing. Thereafter, they will move to the Preceptorship phase which will see them attached to a high volume VCT site for first- hand experience in service delivery.

NAPS STI Co-ordinator , Dr. Romona Morgan  and VCT Quality Officer  Delon Braithwaite as well as Trevor McIntosh are also the training facilitators. 

This training builds on previous training that has been done in the past and will enhance the capacity of the Force’s HIV Aids Prevention Programme.   The programme is one of the success stories among the countrywide efforts to fight HIV. 

One hundred and forty students gained Work-study experience with the GDFin 2014







The final 66, of the 140 students who participated in the 2014 Work Study programme with the Guyana Defence Force, were presented with Certificates of Participation, at a simple closing ceremony at Base Camp Ayanganna. During the ceremony, some students performed a poetry recital. Seventy-four other students had completed their attachments earlier.

Staff Officer One General Five, Major Lorraine Foster, congratulated the students on their successes at the 2014 CSEC examinations, and encouraged them to continue working hard to achieve future goals. “On behalf of the Chief of Staff and all the Officers and Ranks of the GDF, I congratulate you all. To those who realised their dreams you have gained the fruits of your labours. However, those of you who may have fallen short of the mark know that this is not the end of the road,” she said, “you can return to school and re-sit those subjects in which you did not fare well. You have the opportunity to enhance your performance, by being a bit more disciplined and dedicated.”

“Those of you, who are continuing on to university, understand that you cannot take the high school mentality there with you. You are going to have to mature very quickly and continue to work hard to be successful,” she added. “Those of you who are going on to the world of work, it is our hope that you have learned from us much that you can take to your places of employment that will make you excellent employees and assets to the various firms. You too, will have to dedicate yourselves and work hard. And, to those returning to school to re-sit exams, be diligent, study harder and commit yourselves to excellence. The Guyana Defence Force wishes you all well in whatever future undertakings you pursue!”

The Work-Study programme is an annual activity that sees the GDF providing on-the-job learning for students graduating from various educational institutions across the country.The students, who participate each year, are drawn from the Ministry of Education, the Kuru Kuru Co-operative College, the Government Technical Institute, GRECO, and a few private educational institutions.

The GDF’s partnership with these educational institutions is in keeping with the Force’s remit to contribute to national development, by aiding youths to gain the much needed experiences of the workplace, so necessary for developing their appreciation for occupational life.



The Guyana Defence Force hosted the Brazilian Army for the inaugural Bilateral Defence Workgroup meeting.

The opening ceremony of the meeting was held at the Guyana International Conference Centre.





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The Guyana Defence Force and the People’s Liberation Army of China signed a US$4.8M military aid package.

The signing took place at the opening ceremony of the Guyana-China Bilateral Staff Conference 2014, at the Guyana International Conference Centre.