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SWEARING IN OF BRIGADIER GEORGE LEWIS AS 9TH CHIEF OF STAFF

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.

GDF wins 2016 Inter Services Annual Athletics Competition

The Guyana Defence Force amassed a whopping 810 points to deliver a three-peat and win the 2016 edition of the Inter-Services Annual Athletics Championships (ISSAC) which concluded on Friday November 4, after four days of  heated , yet friendly competition among the Disciplined Services. 
 
The Guyana Police Force (GPF) clinched the second place with 709 points and the Guyana Prison Service (GPS) finished in third place with 117 points. The Guyana Fire Service (GFS) rounded it off at fourth, with 107 points.
The title of Champion Male was shared by GDF's Damon Williams and the GPF's Winston George, who each gained 30 points. With 20 points each, GDF's Ernesto Thomas and the GPF's Troy Lewis shared the title of Runner Up to the Champion Male.
Police's Aletha Moore (30 points), emerged the Champion Female, while GDF's Natrena Hooper (28 points) gained the Runner-Up spot.
The Championships were held under the theme: "Promoting Team Spirit and Discipline through Sports."
The final points standings were: GDF - 810, GPF -709, GPS - 117, GFS - 107.             
Chief of Staff Brigadier George Lewis congratulated the GDF on its sterling and impressive performance, delivering its third consecutive ISAAC win. He also congratulated all the other participants, coaches, ancillary staff, and the officials, whose efforts made the championships a success.

BRAZILIAN GENERAL VISITS GUYANA AND THE GDF

Carlos Alberto Neiva Barcellos, a Brazilian Army General, was received at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport on Monday evening, October 31 by senior Officers of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF). General Barcellos is on an official orientation visit to Guyana.

 
To date, he has paid courtesy calls to the Brazilian Ambassador, His Excellency the President of Guyana and the Chief of staff of the Guyana Defence Force.  On Tuesday November 1, he was a guest at the Thanksgiving Church Service that marked the Guyana Defence Force’s 51st Anniversary and the official observance of Defence Force Day.  Several other activates were also planned for the General which included Luncheons, a visit to the Jungle and Amphibious Training School at Makouria, Essequibo River, and a trip the famed Kaieteur Falls prior to his departure on Friday November 4th, 2016.
 
 
The Guyana Defence Force and the Brazil Armed Forces continue to share decades of close relations, which has seen the GDF benefitting from military exchanges and training among others.
 
 

ILLEGAL AIRCRAFT CURRENTLY SECURED AT GDF HANGAR - TIMEHRI

ILLEGAL AIRCRAFT CURRENTLY SECURED AT GDF HANGAR - TIMEHRI

 

The illegal aircraft (Reg # N767Z) that was recently discovered camouflaged at an airstrip in Yupukari, has since been repaired, and was flown from Yupukari to Lethem initially, before arriving at the Cheddie Jagan International Airport (CJIA) at 1000 hours this morning.

 

Aeronautical Engineers of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Air Corps, after inspecting the aircraft, had identified the problems which had rendered it unserviceable. The necessary spares were sourced, and the repairs conducted, resulting in the aircraft becoming operable.

 

The aircraft was subsequently flown by GDF Pilots to Lethem on Friday, September 30th where it overnighted. This allowed for the GDF Engineers to conduct further repairs and functional checks under more favourable conditions, so as to ensure the aircraft’s suitability to fly to Timehri. Consequently, the aircraft departed Lethem for CJIA this morning at 0910 hours, and is currently secured at the GDF Air Corps Hangar, Air Station London, CJIA.

 

Investigations are ongoing with regards to all aspects surrounding the discovery of the aircraft.

GDF Boxers Secure the Best Gym Title in the Lennox Blackmore Memorial (National Intermediate) Championship

GDF Boxers Secure the Best Gym Title in the Lennox Blackmore Memorial (National Intermediate) Championship

Guyana Defence Force amateur boxers out-boxed their opponents, to secure for themselves the Best Gym title when the Lennox Blackmore Memorial (National Intermediate) Championship concluded at the National Gymnasium on Sunday, September 11. After blazing through the preliminaries and semi-finals, the GDF headed into the finals of the competition with the aim of finishing as the overall winners.

For their efforts, the GDF now boasts seven Champions and 10 Runners-Up from the field which totalled 22 pugulists. Recruit (RCT) Travis Hubbard claimed the Lightweight Championship in the youth category of the tournament. Private Anil Chitraj the Junior Flyweight champion, while Ordinary Rating (OR) Don Cumberbatch and Private (PTE) Jemol Brisport are the Flyweight and Lightweight champions respectively.

Private Joshua Fraser copped the middleweight title while PTEs Aluko Bess and Floyd Cato rounded out the Champions Row in the Light Heavyweight and Super Heavyweight divisions respectively.

The 10 Runners-Up are: Privates (PTEs) Royden Nicholson (Junior Flyweight), Reeaz Jahur


ali (Flyweight), Courteney Lynch (Bantamweight), Lance Corporal (LCPL) Triston Brown (Lightweight), RCT Rondel Douglas, LCPL Orlando Norton (Welterweight), PTEs Darren Mcpherson (Middleweight), Marvin Williams (Light Heavyweight), Ryan Roberts (Heavyweight), and , Reneee Lewis (Super Heavyweight).

According to Terrence Pool the GDF Boxing Coach, the team aquitted themselves well. “The performances were better than at the Novices (national) which shows that, not only have they been training hard, but that they have put into practice what they were taught,’ he said. “Of course, there is much room for improvement and I am confident that our boxers will continue working hard to improve their skill and technique,” he added.

Coach Poole has indicated that the current crop of winners have earned the right to move on to the National Open Championship which is slated for mid-October. “They can now move on to the next level, where it will be tougher. But, with their training and determination, I am sure that we will reap further successes,” he said.

Responding t


o an inquiry regarding the outstanding boxers this time around, Coach Poole said, “All the guys have been outstanding. They have worked hard and done well. However, if I may, I’d like to make special mention of PTE McPherson, PTE Fraser, OR Cumberbatch, PTE Brisport and PTE Cato. The latter three won at the Novices and also now at the Intermediate. The lone female, LCPL Shonnette McFarlane weighed in but her opponent failed to show up so Shonette lost the opportunity to fight.”

“Guyana will field a team at the Caribbean development Tournament which will be held in Barbados in December. Our boxers are aware that members of the GDF team will be selected from the National Open Championship. They know therefore, that they have a chance to be on that team once they out -perform other competitors and win.” The Coach is hoping to see as many as eight to 10 GDF Boxers being selected to the National Team

The Chief of Staff, Officers and Ranks, together with the Civilian employees of the Force congratulate the team on its success and wishe them well in the future.