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BRIGADIER JULIAN LOVELL HONOURED AT TRADITIONAL "DINING OUT'.

Brigadier (ret'd) Jullian Lovell was the Guest of Honour, when Chief of Staff, Brigadier George Lewis and the Senior Officer Corps hosted the traditional "Dining Out" activity in his honour, ON oCTOBER 19.

 
Brigadier Lovell officially retired on May 2015, after giving more than 36 years of distinguished service to the Guyana Defence Force, and, by extension, the People of Guyana.
 
After presenting him with his 'retirement' ring, Brigadier George Lewis expressed appreciation to Brigadier Lovell for his outstanding service.
 
In response, Brigadier Lovell thanked the Chief of Staff and those in attendance for the gesture, and impressed upon all that, while change was constant within the profession, it was imperative that all efforts be made to maintain the traditions that the GDF were founded on.
 
Prior to his retirement, Brigadier Lovell served as Guyana's Military Attache to Brazil. He also held several major command appointments within the Force, and was awarded several medals in recognition of his service, which include the Military Service Medal (MSM).
 

 

SENIOR US DEFENCE OFFICIAL CALLS ON COS LEWIS

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.

17 GRADUATE FROM GRADE 111 TECHNICIAN COURSE

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. 
 

 

GDF PARTICIPATES IN CANJE SECONDARY SCHOOL CAREER FAIR

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.

13 GRADUATE FROM COAST GUARD COXWAIN COURSE

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.