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Army honours maj gen (retd) m u atherly for outstanding service

Former Chief- of- Staff of the Guyana Defence Force ( GDF), retired Major General Michael Atherly, MSS, was the privileged guest of the GDF at a special dinner held in his honour at Base Camp Ayanganna.

According to a release from the GDF, Commodore Gary Best, in brief remarks, said that it was a privilege to host a dinner for Atherly, and thanked the former army chief for the yeoman service, which he gave to the GDF and Guyana while serving both nationally, regionally and internationally.

Best noted that the GDF’s acquisition of its flagship, the GDFS Essequibo , was accomplished during Atherly’s tenure. Commodore Best also recollected that Atherly had been his Officer Commanding ( OC) when he was a cadet at the Colonel Ulric Pilgrim Officer School ( CUPOCS).

The commodore said that while Major General Atherly was retired, he will continue to be remembered as an officer, who exemplified leader ship, and a man who did not disregard his humanity.

Atherly thanked the GDF for the significant gesture and the honours bestowed upon him. He said that his tenure with the force had moulded him in several ways and he will always be proud of the men and women in the GDF, as well as those who walked with him during his sojourn. Atherly said too that service to one’s country was the best thing a man could do as it also meant service to his fellow man. He thanked the government of Guyana along with the officers and ranks of the GDF for giving him the opportunity to serve.