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GDF develops Agri-based initiative with UG

The Guyana Defence Force and the University of Guyana, are pursuing an initiative geared at developing a beneficial symbiotic relationship between the two organisations. As part of this initiative, GDF Chief of Staff Brigadier Patrick West, invited UG Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith and his team to visit the Force’s Agri Corps facilities at Garden of Eden, on May 19.

The visit follows on the heels of a prior meeting between the two sets of officials, where the issues regarding the launching of the initiative were discussed. In this process, we will see the sharing of technical expertise, the pooling of resources, and group exchanges that will mutually benefit both organisations.


Private Joel Peters (Best graduating Student) and Private Leron Torrington, the Runner-up, were among the 28 young soldiers graduated today, following their successful completion of the Grade III Artillery and Support Weapons Course.

Major Courtney Mendonca, delivered the feature remarks at the graduating ceremony, which was held at the Jaguar Lecture Hall at Base Camp Stephenson. He congratulated the soldiers on their accomplishment and encouraged them to keep pursuing knowledge as they serve. He also urged them to take a deep interest in their Units and the Force as a whole, and to gain as deep and purposeful an understanding of their role in enabling the GDF to fulfill its mandate to secure Guyana's territorial integrity.

During the 11-week course, the soldiers studied various modules which were designed to provide them with the introductory knowledge and skills development to develop competence in the preparation of Artillery weapons and ammunition for firing, to understand the factors which affect the accurate firing of the rounds, have the ability to effectively send and receive messages, using correct procedures, to understand the tactical functions of the various Artillery and Support Weapons in all phases of war, among other things. 

The graduation of these soldiers, 24 from the 21 Artillery Company, and four from the Support Company, enhances the capacities of these sub-units to support the Force in its missions.

GDF Co-op Credit Union delivers for members

The Long-Term Loan ceiling at the GDF Co-operative Credit Union which was pegged at one million two hundred thousand dollars ($1.2M) has been increased to two million dollars ($2M), and the Auto Loan ceiling is now set at three million ($3M) dollars, up from $1.2M. Additionally, the Credit Union will now begin offering Mortgage Loans to a maximum of five million dollars ($5M) to all eligible members. However, the mortgage loans will be subject to the same rules, as they apply regarding the issuance of such loans at commercial banks.

These are some of the more impactful decisions coming out of the just-concluded Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Guyana Defence Force Co-operative Credit Union. The Credit Union held its AGM yesterday, May 10, at Base Camp Stephenson, Timerhi. Chairman of the Committee of Management (CoM), Colonel Gary Beaton, delivered his report to the hundreds of members who were present.

The CoM has also seen the infusion of new blood, in the persons of Warrant Officers Class Two Cleveland O’Brien and Dwain Daniels, and retired Corporal, Cecil Bradford, who replaced Majors Eon Murray, Eon Caulder, and Michael Shaoud, who previously sat on the committee.

Staff Sergeant, Sithole George, Sergeant Vernon Cummings, Corporal Delroy Baird, Lance Corporals Calvin Crawford, Imtiaz Yasin and Quincy Craig, and Privates Kevon Williams, Devon Miller, Telvin Richards, and Aluko Bess, won door prizes, of $10,000 each.

67 Soldiers sucessfully complete Junior Leaders Course

The Guyana Defence Force Training Corps has produced an additional 67 Junior leaders who are equipped with the necessary skills to lead and administer a section, squad or equivalent in peacetime or combat. The soldiers completed the Junior Leaders Course (JLC) 2017-01 which officially concluded on Wednesday May 5, 2017 at Base Camp Stephenson, Timehri.

The course commenced on February 6, 2016 with sixty- nine (69) students drawn from various Units. During the period, three students had to withdraw for medical reasons while another three were returned to their Units for failing to reach the required standards. Five students joined the course to complete failed modules from the last course.

Training was conducted at the Colonel John Clarke Military School, Tacama, Base Camp Stephenson, Colonel Robert Mitchell Jungle and Amphibious Training School (CRMJATS) and also at Linden where students were exercised in Internal Security .

LCPL Harold Barrow of Procurement Office, Base Camp Ayanganna graduated Best Student and also won the Prize for Best Military Knowledge. LCPL Alciliano Carvajal was the Runner-Up student while LCPLs Devon Nurse and Cleon Jack won the prizes for Best Drill and Best Shot, respectively. LCPL Sean Williams was the Best Fitness Student.

The Course covered a number of areas including Open and Close Country Warfare, Drills, Field Craft, Military History, Skill at Arms ,Signals ,  First Aid, Leadership and Administrations.

The Junior Leaders Course was of a twelve-week duration.


10 Junior Officers graduate from PCC# 25

Ten Second Lieutenants are now equipped to apply GDF doctrines at the Platoon level and to command a Platoon in peace time and in combat, following their successful completion of the Platoon Commanders Course Number 25.

Second Lieutenant Rawl Lord, gained the Best Student award. Deputy Chief of Staff, Colonel Nazrul Hussain presented him with his award. Meanwhile, Second Lieutenant Garvon Douglas was the Runner Up to the Best Graduating Student. He was presented with his award by Staff Officer One General Five (ag) Major Michael Shaoud.

The closing ceremony for the course was held at the Jaguar Lecture Hall at Training Corps, Base Camp Stephenson on May 9.