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US ARMY SOUTH COMMANDER VISITS GDF

US ARMY SOUTH COMMANDER VISITS GDF

Major General Clarence Chinn, Commanding General of the United States Army South, is on a two-day familiarisation visit to the Guyana Defence Force. This visit is part of his Caribbean and Central America familiarisation visit, with Guyana being the Second Country he visits.

 

General Chinn and his six member team, were hosted at Base

 Camp Stephenson, Timehri where they were greeted by a delegation of Officers headed by Chief of Staff, Brigadier Mark Phillips who he met in January at the Caribbean National Security Conference in Jamaica, and in Uruguay in August 2016 for the South America Defence Conference.

Major General Chinn and his team received a county brief and was later treated to a presentation by the 31 Special Forces Squadron. They were then taken on a walk-

 through of the Colonel Ulric Pilgrim Officer Cadet School were students are currently training to become Officers. He also met briefly with members of the Senior Command and Staff Course.

Just recently, 28 cadets of the Florida National Guard were here in Guyana for a four day Cultural Understanding and Language Programme (CULP) alongside GDF cadets of the Standard Officers 

Course from July 19-22. Partnering with the GDF cadets provided the visitors with an opportunity to gain exposure to and develop an appreciation for the training environment which is native to the locals.

The Guyana Defence Force and the United States Military has enjoyed decades of co-operation which has seen countless exchanges and training opportunities for members of both militaries. This is just one example of the level of co-operation the GDF and US Military enjoys. The next country the General visits is Suriname while Trinidad and Tobago was his first stop.  

US ARMY SOUTH COMMANDER VISITS GDF (2)

US ARMY SOUTH COMMANDER VISITS GDF

Major General Clarence Chinn, Commanding General of the United States Army South, is on a two-day familiarisation visit to the Guyana Defence Force. This visit is part of his Caribbean and Central America familiarisation visit, with Guyana being the Second Country he visits.

 

General Chinn and his six member team, were hosted at Base

 Camp Stephenson, Timehri where they were greeted by a delegation of Officers headed by Chief of Staff, Brigadier Mark Phillips who he met in January at the Caribbean National Security Conference in Jamaica, and in Uruguay in August 2016 for the South America Defence Conference.

Major General Chinn and his team received a county brief and was later treated to a presentation by the 31 Special Forces Squadron. They were then taken on a walk-

 through of the Colonel Ulric Pilgrim Officer Cadet School were students are currently training to become Officers. He also met briefly with members of the Senior Command and Staff Course.

Just recently, 28 cadets of the Florida National Guard were here in Guyana for a four day Cultural Understanding and Language Programme (CULP) alongside GDF cadets of the Standard Officers 

Course from July 19-22. Partnering with the GDF cadets provided the visitors with an opportunity to gain exposure to and develop an appreciation for the training environment which is native to the locals.

The Guyana Defence Force and the United States Military has enjoyed decades of co-operation which has seen countless exchanges and training opportunities for members of both militaries. This is just one example of the level of co-operation the GDF and US Military enjoys. The next country the General visits is Suriname while Trinidad and Tobago was his first stop.  

 

GUYANA PEOPLE’S MILITIA TEEN CAMP 2016 A SUCCESS

GUYANA PEOPLE’S MILITIA TEEN CAMP 2016 A SUCCESS

The Commandant Guyana People’s Militia (GPM) said “TEEN CAMP 2016, was a resounding success”. Ninety-six teenage males from 4 Regions converged on Headquarters GPM at Base Camp Seweyo on the Linden SoesdykeHighway from August 23 to 26, to learn more about the GPM and Guyana andto have wholesome fun.

 

During of the camp the youths gained insights into Conflict Resolution, National Policy whic

h included learned about the Members of Parliament and the various Ministries of the government.   They were also taught basic military drills and fieldcraft, the use of silent signals in patrolling, survival techniques, the basics of jungle training including how to build shelters, traps, and various rope knots. 

Ages 14 to 16, the participants can be drafted into the National Cadet Corps and as such the camp be seen as the formation of its nucleus.The participants were drawn from the various regions as follows: 30 from Region 4; 19 were from Region 5; 27 from region 6 and 26 from Region 10.

 

In 2015, Commander in Chief (CIC), His Excellency President David Granger announced the re-introduction of the National Cadet Corps which is aimed at enabling the nation’s youths to develop basic leadership skills and affording them the opportunity to lear

n more about and explore Guyana. He indicated that militarisation was not the focus but rather the provision of an environment for recreation and social growth.

GPM Commandant, Colonel Patrick West says that since the CIC’s announcement, this was the first Teen Camp to have been held. “This is the rebirth of the National Cadet Corps. We successfully provided beneficial interactions for 96 male teenagers this time around, and it is hoped that we’ll be able witness their return, as well as to positively impact many others in 2017.” He said. 

XX Guyana/Brazil Military Intelligence Exchange is under way in Georgetown

XX Guyana/Brazil Military Intelligence Exchange is under way in Georgetown

The Twentieth Guyana/Brazil Military Intelligence Exchange convened on, August 31, at the Grand Coastal Inn. Leading the Guyana delegation, is Commandant Guyana People’s Militia, Colonel Patrick West, while Commander of the First Jungle Infantry Brigade, Brigadier General Algacir Antonio Polsin, is heading the five-member Brazilian team.

 

The conference is being held under the theme, “Continued Friendship and Partnership towards Enhanced Border Security”. Guyana and Brazil face common challenges to

 national security and the conference will see Officers from the two militaries discussing common challenges to their border security, with a view of coming up with possible solutions.

 

The conference also underscores the importance that both nations place on improving military co-operation with each other, as well as continued friendship between the two armies.

The Guyana Defence Force and the Brazilian Armed Forces have enjoyed a fruitful relationship over the years, particularly in the area of training.The Regional Military Exchange is held annually and the host country is rotated.

GDF team completes International Patrol Competition in Brazil

GDF team completes International Patrol Competition in Brazil

We are all proud of you, Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Mark Phillips, has congratulating the patrol competition team on their performance and participation at the recently concluded CIGS competition in Brazil.

With a total of 2583 points (75.97%), the Guyana Defence Force finished ahead of Bolivia, Venezuela, Sri Lanka, and Colombia at the recently concluded, ‘Amazon Military Command International Patrol Competition’, which was conducted at the Jungle Warfare Training School ‘CENTRO DE INSTRUCAO DE GUERRA NA SELVA (CIGS), Manaus, Brazil, from August 20-25.

 

CIGS established in 1964 is known internationally for high quality jungle training. Since then, it has graduated more than 6,000 Brazilian troops and troops from throughout the world, who would have travelled to Brazil to take part in the Centre’s specialised jungle training courses.

 

Teams from Brazil’s Amazon Military Command, the North Military Command, the Brazilian Navy and Air Force, as well as teams from Canada, China, East Timor, Germany and Mexico, also participated in the competition, with China winning the competition. Each team comprised of 10 member.

The immersive five-day competition saw the teams competing inmore than 20 events includingshooting from a moving platform, team shootingas well as seven events relating to anti-smuggling, anti-illegal logging and annihilation operations, in the jungles of Manaus. Tested three times daily and also at nights, teams were challenged to execute military jungle tactics and apply the relevant knowledge in the jungle environment.

The GDF team comprised: Lieutenant (Lt) Lionel Medford (Observer), Lt Simon Gordon, Warrant Officer Class Two Cleveland O’Brien, Sergeants Michael Holder and Cornelius Messiah, Lance Corporals Deon Gilead and Stevie Petrie, and Privates Rod Jeffery, Sean Williams, Timothy Adams and Euclid Wright.Guyana has traditionally subscribed to jungle courses with more than 40 Officers and Ranks trained at that institution. Guyana ranks fourth among foreign nations to have sent the most troops for training there.