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10 senior officers successfully complete senior command and staff course

Ten Senior Officers from various units of the Force on Friday graduated from the Senior Command and Staff Course (SCSC) Number 10, which is  the highest level of internal training conducted by the GDF.  
The SCSC, which prepares officers to function in command and staff appointments across the full spectrum of military operations, covers an array of subjects including  Operational Staff Work, Military History, Conventional warfare, Intelligence and Security, Leadership, Management and Current Affairs.

Major Lorraine Foster created history when she became the first female to be adjudged  Best graduating student.  Major Michael Shahoud was the runner-up best graduating student while Major Delbert George won a prize for the Best Service Paper.

At a simple graduation ceremony held at the Jaguar Lecture Hall at Base Camp Stephenson, Director of the Colonel Cecil Martindale Command and Staff School, Lieutenant Colonel Wilbert Lee, commended the graduates for an above average performance.

Commodore Gary Best who was the guest speaker at the ceremony echoed congratulatory sentiments. He told the graduates that the course has given them a sense of the expanded spectrum of threats and capabilities, preparing them for any security challenge and eventualities.

Pointing also to challenges posed by complex, transnational and new emerging security challenges, Commodore Best noted that, “our command leadership and staff competencies must continue to grow to deal with these issues.”

He charged the officers to create new work process which will improve the Force’s accountability systems , reduce wastage and pilfering and ensure that organisational structures are compatible with  the need of the changing environment. This he said means , “ that as leaders you have to develop the ability to operate as a network within a military hierarchy ….We want obedience and discipline in the military … we want open learning,” he implored.

He urged too, that as leaders the officers must set the tone and pace in learning, leading and creating a culture of strong professionalism.

To this end, he committed to the sustenance of the SCSC which he said would continue to develop Officers for the larger challenges of leadership in the Force. In the same vein he instructed that all Officers at the rank of Captain who have completed two years in the rank, be made available to attend the SCSC.