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Ranks enjoy 51st Anniversary Day of Sports

Officers and Ranks together with Civilian employees of the GDF, participated in the Force's 51st Anniversary Day of Sports activities, at Base Camp Ayanganna and Base Camp Stephenson, on November 10, last.

During the day of activities organised to provide relaxation for troops while consolidating camaraderie among them, everyone had a lot of fun playing Dominoes, Volleyball, Cricket, Cheer-Saul-Out, Basketball, Small Goal Football and participating in the Lime and Spoon Race and Sack Race.

In general, sports and physical activity play an important role in the development of our troops. All aspects of military training require troops to be fit and in good health. As such, physical activity is pivotal to the process.

During each quarter of a calendar year, our various Units and Sub-Units compete for top honours in the Force Quarterly Fitness Competition (FQFC). This competition challenges troops in on several levels.

Apart from the FQFC and the required physical training during military courses, GDF troops compete at various sports such as Boxing, Cricket, Road Relays, 10K races, and a plethora of disciplines during the annual Inter-Unit and Inter-Services Athletics Championships.

The Anniversary Day of Sports, while somewhat competitive, occurs in a much more relaxed atmosphere and is more about the troops having clean fun with each other. This year's activity was no different.




The Guyana Defence Force Boxing Gym has done the GDF proud. The gym’s members boxed their way to winning all the National Tournaments for 2016; the National Novices, National Intermediate, and the National Open Championships.
When the curtains came down on the Terrence Ali National Open Competition, the Force walked away with four Champion and eight Runners-Up trophies. The Force has also retained its bragging rights as Best Boxing Gym, copping a total of 16 points in the competition.
The line- up of Champions were LCPLs Clairmonte Gibson and Markember Pierre and Ordinary Ratings Calvin Lewis and Renee Lewis in the Bantamweight, Light Heavyweight, Junior Welter-weight and Super Heavyweight divisions.
Winning all three championships, was not by a stroke of luck; rather, it was the hard work and dedication of Boxing Coaches Terrence Poole and Steele Crawford. Both of these gentlemen interact with the boxers, not just as coaches, but also as Mentors.
Additionally, the willingness of the boxers and their determination to develop themselves, was another major element which led to this success by the Guyana Defence Force Boxing Gym. All of the boxers got their start in the GDF Inter-Unit Novices Championship, which is held at the beginning of each yea and is the entry point for them, to the sport. That they have risen to the challenge on each occasion is commendable, and worthy of our congratulations.
Chief of Staff Brigadier George Lewis congratulates all the members of the GDF Boxing Gym and the Coaches, and looks forward to their continued improvement in the sport.


Chief of Staff, Brigadier George Lewis on Sunday November 6 , met with members of the Veteran Community at the Guyana Veterans Legion Headquarters, Carifesta Avenue.

This is his first official meeting with the Veterans who, 300 strong, gave him a hearty welcome.
The forum presented an opportunity for the veterans to formally congratulate the Chief of Staff on his appointment and also allowed for them to pose questions and offer suggestions on a number of issues regarding their welfare.
The Chief of Staff, in remarks, emphasized his intention to follow through on all matters which have been in the pipeline for veterans and pledged the Force’s continued support for the Legion.
Later this month, the Force will host the traditional day for Veterans following the Wreath Laying Ceremony.



On November 1 last, the Guyana Defence Force, marked the celebration of its 51st Anniversary, with the traditional Thanksgiving Church Service, which was held at the Auditorium at Base Camp Ayanganna. At the service, Guyana Defence Force Chief of Staff, Brigadier George Lewis, was joined by hundreds of Officers and Ranks of the Force as well as many of the Force's civilian employees, special invitees, and dignitaries, including visiting Brazilian General Carlos Alberto Nevia Barcellos.

November 1, also marks the Force's observation of Defence Force Day! November 1, was declared DEFENCE FORCE DAY by Commander in Chief, President David Granger, at the celebratory Thanksgiving Service, in observance of the Force's 50th Anniversary in November 2015. 


Chief of Staff Brigadier George Lewis, presented two recently-retired Warrant Officers (WO) with tokens of recognition of their 25-plus years of Service to the Guyana Defence Force, at the Office of the COS at Defence Headquarters, Base Camp Ayanganna, on Friday, October 14.

Warrant Officers Class One, Joseph Holligan and William Arthur were presented with gold rings, each with the embedded numeral 25 on the top, inside the inscribed GDF emblem.
In brief remarks at the small yet significant gathering, Brigadier Lewis congratulated the former soldiers for their service and recounted his initial encounters with both men, noting that they had both been dedicated servicemen who had always put the interest of the Force first.