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COS receives UK security expert during Courtesy Call

Chief of Staff Brigadier Patrick West received a Courtesy Call from UK security expert Mr. Russel Combe, at Defence Headquarters, on January 24.

 
Accompanying Mr. Combe was the Deputy High Commissioner to Guyana, Mr. Ron Rimmer and Strategic Defence and Security Management services and Defence Director, Mr. Nick Forwood. 
 
Mr. Combe is in Guyana to assist the government with the implementation of the UK-Funded Security Sector Reform Action Plan (SSRAP) which is aimed at improving the local security sector.
 
Photo by LCPL (ag) Hananiah Warde of the G5 Branch.

BRAZILIAN INSTRUCTOR RECOGNISED FOR HIGH QUALITY OF TRAINING

The Guyana Defence Force has recognized the valuable contribution of Brazilian Jungle Instructor Warrant Officer (WO) Reginaldo Rezende, who has excelled in the provision of Jungle Warfare training to Officers and Ranks of the Force.


Commanding Officer of the Training Corps, Lieutenant Colonel Julius Skeete presented 
the Brazilian soldier with the GDF Jungle and Amphibious Badge.
 
WO Rezende was a member of the group of Brazilian Instructors at the Colonel Desmond Roberts Jungle and Amphibious Training School (JATS) at Makouria, and completed a one year stint there.
 
At the simple, but significant Badging Ceremony, Lt Colonel Skeete acknowledged the training support which the Brazilian Armed Forces has extended to the Guyana Defence Force. “This support that we receive from the Brazilian Armed Forces is really significant in developing the jungle skills of our Officers and soldiers,” he stated.

Noting the good relations which the two militaries have enjoyed, Lt Col Skeete expressed the Force’s appreciation for the efforts of the Brazilian Instructors and was optimistic of the continuance of such beneficial interactions.
 
Photographs courtesy of WO Troy Gaskin of Training Corps.

31SF Sqn MALES AND DHQ FEMALES WIN INTER-UNIT CROSS COUNTRY RACES

Chief of Staff Brigadier Patrick West commends all the Units which fielded teams in the Inter-Unit Cross Country Races, which were run off at Timerhi, on Friday, January, 20 2017, and extends congratulations to all the teams for their efforts. 
 
The 31 Special Forces (31 SF)  team copped the top honours among the males,  while the females of Defence Headquarters (DHQ)  were first among the female teams.
 
The Guyana People's Militia (GPM) was the second place male team, while the 4 Engineer Battalion (4 ENG Bn) team finished in third place.
 
The second place female team was from the GPM, while Training Corps (Trg Corps) females finished in third place.
 
The Officer Commanding (OC) Sports Department, Captain Keith Watts, congratulated all the participating teams on their efforts, and encouraged them to work harder in the future to improve their performances. 
 
He then presented the first, second and third place teams with medals and trophies.
 
Photography by Private (PTE) Kenneth Richards of the G5 Branch.
 

COS receives Royal Canadian Legion members during Courtesy Call

Chief of Staff Brigadier Patrick West, received the Messrs David Flannigan and Brad White, Dominion President and Secretary respectively, of the Royal Canadian Legion (RCL), who paid him a Courtesy Call this afternoon, at the Office of The Chief of Staff at Defence Headquarters. They were accompanied by President of the Guyana Veterans Legion (GVL), Lieutenant Colonel (ret'd) George Gomes. Also welcoming them were GDF Quartermaster General, Colonel Paul Arthur and Adjutant General and Commandant of the Guyana People's Militia, Colonel Gary Beaton.

 
During discussions, the visitors appraised Brigadier West of the purpose of their visit and lauded the work being done by GVL President Gomes. Discussions also touched on possible approaches to enable the local veterans body to achieve self-sustainability. 
 
Messrs Flannigan and White are in Guyana to visit with the GVL, and in particular, to visit local Veterans and widows of Veterans. The aim of the visits is to gain a better perspective of their situation and needs. They are also intended to visit with dignitaries, including Guyana's Head of State. 
 
The Guyana Veterans Legion receives support from the Royal Commonwealth Ex Services League (RCEL), but this support is provided through the Royal Canadian Legion with whom the GVL has much more contact. 
 
The RCL Dominion President and Secretary typically choose two Caribbean countries to visit annually. Guyana and Trinidad have been chosen this year.
 
Photography by Lance Corporal Randy Deputron of the G5 Branch of the GDF.
 

BRIGADIER PATRICK WEST IS 10TH CHIEF OF STAFF OF GDF

On the Drill Square at Base Camp Ayanganna, and in excellent weather conditions, with bright sunshine and clear skies above, command of the Guyana Defence Force passed from Brigadier George Lewis to Brigadier Patrick West. It was the afternoon of Tuesday, January 10, 2017, and the occasion was the traditional Change of Command Parade (COCP) with its usual pomp and ceremony.
 
Earlier that morning, at the GDF Officers Mess, Commander-in-Chief, His Excellency President David Granger, promoted Brigadier West from the rank of Colonel to Brigadier and awarded him the Military Service Star, before swearing him in as the tenth Chief of Staff (COS) of the GDF. 
 
At the COCP, Commander in Chief President David Granger, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Ministers of the government, foreign diplomats, former Chiefs of Staff and other dignitaries, joined serving Officers and Ranks to bid farewell to Brigadier George Lewis, and to welcome Brigadier West to the helm of the GDF.
 
Chief of Staff Brigadier West has pledged to be a just, good and professional COS. He also said that, during his tenure he intends to transform the Force, thus heightening its professional profile.
 
Officers, Other Ranks and civilian employees of the GDF, congratulate Brigadier West on his promotion, and welcome him as their tenth COS.
 
 
Photography by, Privates Joseph Kendall and Winston Williams of the G5 Branch.