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GDF Officers receive instruments at historic ceremony

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF of the Armed Forces, President Bharrat Jagdeo yesterday presented Instruments of Commission to 30 officers and State Warrants to seven warrant officers of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF).

At the ceremony, held for the first time at the Guyana International Conference Centre,  Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara, history was created when a serving Aide de Camp was also decorated with his new Badge of Rank.


Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Hercules who, previously, had the rank of Major, received his new pips from the Head of State.
Present on the occasion, too, were GDF Chief of Staff, Commodore Gary Best and Second-in-Command, Colonel, General Staff, Bruce Lovell as well as other senior and junior ranks and relatives of the newly-commissioned.
The recipients were 16 graduates of the Standard Officers’ Course (SOC) Number 43, Second Lieutenants Jamal Scott, Jermaine Lovell, Jarryd Douglas, Kendrick Rodney, Derrick Johnson, Clinton Venture, Brentnol Bart, Esaun Trim, Ekundayo Jeffrey, Michael Favourite, Othneil Hope, Kevin Welcome, Melvin Shewprasad, Lionel Medford, Denzil Mingo and Keyon Blain and 12 from the Reserve Officers’ Course Number 15 -  Second Lieutenants Delon King, Andre Moore, Fabian Stuart, Roderick Carrington, Jermain Watson, Mickelle Moore, Shawn Legall, Huburn Collins, John Chester-Iniss, Osei Maniforl, Duarte Hetsberger and Ewaul Mc Garrell.
The Warrants Officers (WOs) are WO1 Gavin Fishers, WO2 Hulda Heywood-Porter, Vanburn Milo, Theophilus Martin, William Arthure, Tyrone Goodridge and Chief Petty Officer Charles Whinfield.
They were all in the batch decorated with Badges of Rank by President Jagdeo last Thursday.
Also receiving their instruments yesterday were Lieutenant Cedric Fraser and Midshipman Ronald Mc Intyre, who, though having completed the SOC previously, had, due to being on overseas training, were unavailable when the instruments for their course was presented.
Second Lieutenant Scott, a former Kaieteur News reporter, who was awarded the ‘Best Student’ and presented with the ‘Sword of Honour’ for his achievement last Thursday, moved the Vote of Thanks.
The SOC, which also attracts participants from sister Disciplined Services and other CARICOM countries, is conducted at the Colonel Ulric Pilgrim Officer Cadet School, Camp Stephenson, Timehri, East Bank Demerara.