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Lieutenant Commander Michael Whyte, a Senior Defence Official of the Embassy of The United States, this morning paid a Courtesy Call to Chief of Staff Brigadier George Lewis, at the Office of The Chief of Staff at Defence Headquarters, Base Camp Ayanganna. Mr. Whyte was accompanied by Captain Christopher Hill, also from the embassy.
Discussions during the visit, addressed matters related to US military aid to the GDF in the areas of training and the supply of equipment, among other things.
Also receiving Lt Commander Whyte were, Deputy Chief of Staff Colonel Patrick West, Adjutant General Colonel Gary Beaton, and Quartermaster General Paul Arthur.


PTE Denzil De Jonge was adjudged the Best Graduating Student, and PTE Keyron McKenzie the Runner – up Graduating Student, when they both graduated with Distinctions from the Air Corps Grade III Technician Course which comprised 17 ranks, and concluded on October 14, 2016. 

The Air Corps Maintenance Manager, Major Lancelot Lynch, congratulated the graduating ranks on successfully completing the course. He emphasized that it marked the beginning of their careers in military aviation and served as the foundation for future training. He reminded the ranks that the fruits of life are earned through hard work and dedication, and noted that they must dedicate their energies towards the development of themselves and the Unit. Only then, he said, would they be able to enjoy the rewards of their labour.
Delivering the feature address, the Commanding Officer (CO) Air Corps, Lt Col Courtney Byrne, congratulated the ranks on their achievement. He emphasised that he now had high expectations of them, regarding the level of their performance as new Technicians, and spoke of the intended recapitalization and growth of the Unit. “This growth must be supported by competent Technicians and Engineers,” Lieutenant Colonel Byrne added. The CO encouraged the ranks to absorb all that they had learnt on the course, and all that they will learn on future training programmes. “Continue to work at improving your skills so that you will be prepared for any new avionic assets the Force will acquire,” he urged. 
The modules taught on the course were aimed at enabling the Technicians to describe the structure and procedures of the Engineering Department and to use manuals to obtain maintenance instructions when performing their tasks. Some of the other objectives of the course were to ensure that the Technicians can correctly use common hand tools and techniques to perform maintenance tasks which require the assembly, disassembly, cleaning and securing aircraft components and systems perform basic inspections and maintenance of an aircraft’s electrical system (under supervision of Senior Maintenance Staff); describe the fundamental principles of flight and identify the primary flight controls of an aircraft; explain the operation cycle of a piston and turbine engines, and identify the main sections of the engine and the parts of the propeller.
The new Technicians were all congratulated on their respective achievements by the Instructors and those present at the graduation ceremony. 



The Guyana Defence Force on Wednesday October 12 joined with other organizations to help make the Annual Agricultural Science Fair and Career Day , hosted by Canje Secondary School, a success.

The Air Corps, Medical Corps, Coast Guard, General Personnel Department and the Signals/ Communication Department were on show during the career day and ranks of the various departments addressed the queries of the curious youth, many of them who made clear their intention to choose a career with the military. 
The Medical Corps offered free counselling and testing services for members of the community who flocked the booth anxious to benefit while at the same time, learn of the offerings of a career with the GDF. The Guyana Defence Force’s participation in activities of this nature recognizes the fact that upon completion of their secondary education, many of the youth will be considering career opportunities.


Leading Rating (LR) Delroy Grant was adjudged the Best Graduating Student, when, along with 12 of his peers, he graduated from the Coast Guard COXWAIN Course 2016-01, at the Coast Guard Training Headquarters on October 5, 2016. LR Grant also picked up the Best Navigation Knowledge prize.  
The Runner-Up Student was Prison Officer (PO) Noel Thompson, while the lone female on the course, LR Rosamund Alfred created history, when she became the very first female in the GDF Coast Guard to be trained as a Coxwain.


In accordance with the Defence Act, Brigadier George Lewis was on Monday October 3 appointed Chief-of-Staff (COS) of the Guyana Defence Force, at a simple but significant ceremony at the Officers Mess at Base Camp Ayanganna. Just minutes prior, he was promoted from his previous rank of Colonel.
In congratulatory remarks, Commander in Chief (CIC) and President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, Brigadier David Granger said that, Brigadier Lewis' promotion resulted from the relevant discussions of the Defence Board in light of the retirement of Brigadier Mark Phillips as Chief-of-Staff.  
Former Chief-of-Staff, Brigadier Mark Phillips, assisted the CIC in affixing Brigadier George Lewis' new Badges of Rank.
Brigadier Lewis' wife and daughter together with GDF Commanders and Senior Officers were on hand to witness the event. 
The Officers, Other Ranks, and Civilian employees of the GDF congratulates Brigadier George Lewis on his promotion and appointment as COS.
Later that day Brigadier Mark Phillips formally handed over command of the Guyana Defence Force to Brigadier George Lewis at a Change of Command Parade at Base Camp Ayanganna.
The Change of Command Parade, also embodied the formal retirement of Brigadier Phillips from the GDF, after his more than 35 years of sterling service to the Force and to Guyana.