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Chief-of-Staff, Colonel General Staff Receive French Military Medals


Chief of Staff Commodore Gary Best and Colonel General Staff Colonel Bruce Lovell were today conferred with the Gold Medal of National Defence and the Silver Medal of National Defence, respectively, from the French Armed Forces.France’s outgoing non-resident Military Attaché Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Kopecky decorated the officers with the medals on behalf of his country’s Minister of Defence , Gerard Longuet.

The medal has three levels ; Gold , Silver and Bronze, and is awarded to active military personnel or reserves who are distinguished by the quality of services rendered , or , to French civilians and foreign military of civilians who have rendered honorable services particularly to the Defence of France.


altIn brief remarks, Commodore Best acknowledged that the Guyana Defence Force and the French Armed Forces have kept traditional ties strong and as such the two militaries continue to enjoy fruitful relations and co-operation in several areas. Commodore Best  utilized the occasion to present to Lieutenant Colonel Kopecky , this country’s third Highest Military Award, the Military Efficiency (Medal) for his efforts in continuously promoting and fostering the highest standards of co-operation in several areas between the two militaries . His outstanding leadership qualities during this tenure , were also noted.

Lt. Col Kopecky’s three year tour of duty as non-resident military attaché to Guyana and Suriname concludes on July 15.