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Gdf remains committed to fulfilling its constitutional mandate- cos

The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) today commenced a two-day Annual Officers’ Conference at the Base Camp Ayanganna, under the theme “Re-engineering to enhance National Defence and Security.”
Chief of Staff (COS) of the GDF, Commodore Gary Best in his opening remarks said that in January 2008, the Force embarked on a process of re-engineering to enhance national defence and security, the theme on which this conference is based, to ensure the continuation of the journey on the path to re-engineering.
The COS said that the Officers’ Corp remains committed in ensuring the completion of this process, which will see a transformation of the Force.
“We are encouraged to persevere against all the challenges to complete the transformation of this process,” he said.
Commodore Best highlighted four critical areas to aid this process, namely the completion of: the Force’s organisational analysis, a strategic defence review, a strategic plan and a GDF multi-year development plan.

Chief of Staff (COS) of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Commodore Gary Best delivering the opening remarks at the Annual Officers’ Conference held at Base Camp Ayanganna.

Thus far the organisational analysis has been completed and a menu of recommendations, which will impact positively on the tasks and challenges ahead. The Force is in the process of setting the stage of the strategic defence review, which will incorporate goals and objectives laid out by Commander in Chief.
The COS noted that closure has been brought to some of the occurrences in 2009 that tarnished the image of the Force. He said that the obvious criminal acts committed by some officers and ranks have been dealt with. Some were taken before the civil courts, some before the military court, some have been dismissed and others have been disciplined summarily.
He said that this deviant behaviour has also been addressed within the other security services along with the other heads of services. He pointed out that the joint services was suffering from a command and leadership deficit and that while commanding was done by instrument, it needed to be exemplified by sacrifice.

He added that this exhortation is of great importance to the leadership and management of the Force and that those who fail to measure up to these high and necessary expectations will no longer be suitable for leadership in the disciplined services.

“We must act now as leaders and stop protecting under-achievers,” Commodore Best said.
The COS reiterated the Army’s assurance to the President and the nation that it is committed to serve with all honesty, integrity and selflessness.
“Our lives and values must continue to be exemplary in all areas and those who attempt to sully the good image by breaking the confidence that the citizenry have invested in the Force must be separated from us,” he said.
Commodore Best maintained that defence and security are serious issues that require serious personnel and commitment for it to be successful.
He said that regardless of resource limitations and other challenges faced due to the magnitude of the evolving nature of crime and violence, the Force remains committed in working towards the fulfillment of its constitutional mandate.      
In recognition of the importance of trained human resource, the Force will be launching the Academic Education Programme and the Technical Education, Vocational Programme, this year.

Commodore Best assured that no effort will be spared in leading the Force to be the best it can be.
Subsequent to the COS’s remarks, the ranks were given the feature address by their Commander in Chief, President Jagdeo, who expressed best wishes for productive deliberations during the course of the discussions.


Source Guyana Chronicle