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Gdf deploys troops to trinidad and tobago

A Guyana Defence Force (GDF) contingent comprising three Officers and 61 Other Ranks departed Guyana early yesterday morning, to engage in security duties for the Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2009 which is scheduled to be held in the twin-island republic from November 27-29. The contingent is under the command of Major Trevor Bowman.
Major Bowman is upbeat about the troops’ readiness and said he expects them to perform their duties with a high degree of professionalism and to be excellent ambassadors of the GDF and Guyana.

In preparation for their deployment, members of the contingent have been involved in rigorous training at Camp Seweyo over the past three weeks.

Commanding Officer 1 Infantry Battalion Lieutenant Colonel George Lewis wished the contingent well and encouraged them to make Guyana proud through their demonstration of exemplary service while in T&T.

The deployment of this contingent follows an earlier troop deployment to T&T this year for the 5th Summit of The Americas.

On that occasion GDF troops, were commended for the excellence they displayed in the conduct of their duties.

No less is expected from the members of this current contingent who will work closely with the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force and the T&T police to ensure a secure environment for the hosting of the CHOGM 2009. The Guyana contingent also comprises 30 members of the Guyana Police Force.