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Creed: I am a professional in the Guyana Defence Force. “SERVICE” is my Motto. Volume 5, Issue 10 June 30, 2012 Find us at: www.gdf.mil.gy I n what was a truly historic moment for the Guyana Defence Force, 152 new soldiers graduat- ed on Friday, July 6, at a parade in full pub- lic view, off military ground and ad- dressed by Com- mander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Presi- dent Donald Ramotar. The soldiers, who recently completed the Basic Recruit Course 2012-01, marched on the tarmac at the National Cultural Centre as proud relatives, friends and members of the neigh- bouring communities looked on and cheered. Following varied foot and arms drills the parade culminated with the march past at which the Presidential Salute was given. “As your Com- mander-in-Chief, and on behalf of the people of Guyana, I am proud that you have opted to serve your people and your country,” Presi- dent Ramotar told the soldiers even as he emphasised what was required of them in the execution of their duties. He implored the soldiers to be good role models to their fellow youth in their communities, particularly in the face of increasing temptations. “Remember that you are a soldier of the Guyana Defence and all of your activities must be geared towards raising the image of the GDF, both locally and internation- ally,” he urged the soldiers. Further, President Ramotar expressed appreciation to the relatives of the new soldiers for their patriotism and allowing their relatives to serve in the GDF. Addressing the new soldiers, Chief of Staff, Commodore Gary Best, resoundingly declared that there was no greater sacrifice which a person can make, other than dedi- cating his life to the defence of his nation. To this end, he told them that they are the most valued assets of the Force and urged them to “serve the Force well and we will serve you well in return.” In this regard, the COS alluded to the Force’s com- mitment to its soldiers in assuring academ- ic education in addition to military skills. “You must adopt a must–succeed atti- tude,” he asserted. He advised them that, as soldiers, their constitutional duty required that they defend Guyana and assist in the maintenance of law and order. He urged too that they understand that their ultimate mission was to keep Guyana safe: safe from threats on its borders and safe from internal threats. Additionally, COS Best urged the soldiers to always obey orders given by those in Command, protect the resources of the Force and stick to the Standing Operating Procedures. “Unity, defence and security must be your strength and your duty to your country must always come first,” he added. Immediately following the parade , a recep- tion was held in the Lounge of the National Cultural Centre during which the COS and Senior Officers interacted with the recruits and their relatives. One other BRC is slated for this year. Chief of Staff Commodore Gary Best inspects the new soldiers during their parade

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  • Creed: I am a professional in the Guyana Defence Force. SERVICE is my Motto.

    Volume 5, Issue 10 June 30, 2012 Find us at: www.gdf.mil.gy

    I n what was a

    truly historic

    moment for

    the Guyana

    Defence Force, 152

    new soldiers graduat-

    ed on Friday, July 6, at

    a parade in full pub-

    lic view, off military

    ground and ad-

    dressed by Com-

    mander-in-Chief of the

    Armed Forces, Presi-

    dent Donald Ramotar.

    The soldiers , who

    recently completed the

    Basic Recruit Course

    2012-01, marched on the

    tarmac at the National

    Cultural Centre as proud

    relatives, friends and

    members of the neigh-

    bouring communities

    looked on and cheered.

    Following varied foot and

    arms drills the parade

    culminated wi th the

    march past at which the

    Presidential Salute was

    given.

    A s y o u r C o m -

    mander-in-Chief, and

    on behalf of the people

    of Guyana, I am proud

    that you have opted to

    serve your people and

    your country, Presi-

    dent Ramotar told the

    s o l d i e r s e ve n a s he

    emphasised what was

    required of them in the

    execution of their duties.

    He implored the soldiers

    to be good role models to

    their fellow youth in their

    communities, particularly

    in the face of increasing

    t e m p t a t i o n s .

    Remember that you

    are a soldier of the

    Guyana Defence and

    all of your activities must be

    geared towards raising the image of

    the GDF, both locally and internation-

    ally, he urged the soldiers.

    Further, President Ramotar expressed

    appreciation to the relatives of the new

    soldiers for their patriotism and allowing

    their relatives to serve in the GDF.

    Addressing the new soldiers, Chief of

    Staff, Commodore Gary Best, resoundingly

    declared that there was no greater sacrifice

    which a person can make, other than dedi-

    cating his life to the defence of his nation.

    To this end, he told them that they are the

    most valued assets of the Force and urged

    them to serve the Force well and we

    will serve you well in return. In this

    regard, the COS alluded to the Forces com-

    mitment to its soldiers in assuring academ-

    ic education in addition to military skills.

    You must adopt a mustsucceed atti-

    tude, he asserted.

    He advised them that, as soldiers, their

    constitutional duty required that they defend

    Guyana and assist in the maintenance of law

    and order. He urged too that they understand

    that their ultimate mission was to keep

    Guyana safe: safe from threats on its borders

    and safe from internal threats. Additionally,

    COS Best urged the soldiers to always obey

    orders given by those in Command, protect the

    resources of the Force and stick to the Standing

    Operating Procedures. Unity, defence and

    security must be your strength and your

    duty to your country must always come

    first, he added.

    Immediately following the parade , a recep-

    tion was held in the Lounge of the National

    Cultural Centre during which the COS and

    Senior Officers interacted with the recruits and

    their relatives.

    One other BRC is slated for this year.

    Chief of Staff Commodore Gary Best inspects the new soldiers during their parade

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    VOLUME 5 , ISSUE 10

    June 30, 2012

    Opinion-Editorial

    Achievements of any kind, and in any field

    of endeavour require the individual to be com-

    mited, determined and above all to have an un-

    derstanding of what he/she wishes to achieve!

    Persons deciding to enlist in the Guyana

    Defence Force will, no doubt, have goals and

    objectives. They make that decision because

    there is something they need to achieve.

    Often, becoming a soldier may not have ever

    been their first choice at gaining lawful and

    meaningful occupation. But then again, it may

    have been their hearts desire to serve their

    country and help protect their communities

    while developing themselves at the personal

    level, learning and gaining skills as they grow

    in the military!

    Whatever the initial motivations, new en-

    listments choose to become part of a noble or-

    ganisation which has served Guyana with

    pride and professionally, for all of 46 years to

    date.

    Choosing the military commits them to a

    life of sacrifice: a life of learning to and

    getting accustomed to following orders and

    carrying out tasks which demand structured

    and formal behavior. It binds them to specific

    ways of doing things and particular sanctions

    when they run afoul of the system.

    Regardless, the new soldiers, at the outset of

    their basic training, embark on an adventure.

    They discover things about themselves and

    learn new things, including how to adapt to

    their new working environment and new situa-

    tions.

    Once the new soldier begins his/her journey

    along the military path, he /she will soon real-

    ise that there is much that can be achieved. As

    each day presents its challenges, he/she gains

    an opportunity to face them and prevail.

    Giving up is not an option!

    And so it is that 152 new soldiers have

    joined the ranks of the GDF. Their journey has

    just begun. It is important that they seek and

    gain the support they need to positively engage

    themselves toward the highest achievements

    possible!

    Enlisting with the

    Guyana

    Defence Force

    is like a dream

    come true for

    me. I am

    20548 Lance

    Corporal

    Coreen

    Souvenir of

    the

    Agriculture

    Corps. I

    gained my

    formal edu-

    cation at the

    LAventure

    Primary and

    Secondary

    Schools.

    As a young girl growing up in Canal Number One Polder, on the West Bank of Demerara, I always felt a sense of pride whenever I saw

    Uniformed Officers and Soldiers, particularly when they were on parade. This was my motivation for enlisting with the Guyana Defence

    Force on March 11, 2005. My journey to becoming a soldier was not an easy one but I endured and can proudly say that today I have no

    regrets for the rigors which I endured during my BRC. Upon comple-tion of the BRC I was posted to the Agriculture Corps where I first

    worked in the Piggery Section. I was then sent to the Layer Section then to the Boiler Section. I also functioned as a store clerk for a short

    while. In 2008 I completed the Junior Leaders Course, and afterward, returned to my unit and was again placed in the Boiler Section where I

    remain today. Occasionally, I have participated in Drills at the Force

    Level and I have also competed in rugby on behalf of the Force.

    I am now the IC Boiler Section and find my job very rewarding and more and more interesting each day. The GDF has rewarded me

    with the opportunity to do what I love best. I have learnt how to treat and care for the birds under my care and so, from constant observation,

    have mastered the art of ensuring their particular needs. From a dis-

    tance or even from my accommodation, when I hear them make certain sounds I know right away whats wrong and so I would usually come

    out to treat with them just to ensure that they are comfortable. I love the work that I do and if I had to choose again I would choose the

    Agriculture Corps. It is my intention to attend the Guyana School of Agriculture to further studies in this area and I am confident that the

    Force will allow me this opportunity.

    The Guyana Defence Force has so far helped me to realize my

    potential in an area where I enjoy working. I think this is by far the best feature of the Force, in that there is a place for everyone,

    regardless of your interest. The versatility of the Force is by far,

    unmatched.

    I would tell anyone that the Guyana Defence Force is a great place

    to work, but when you get here you must focus and not allow yourself

    to be distracted. The training here is hard and the work sometimes

    challenging in various ways, but with a determined spirit, you will

    succeed. I have no regrets in making the GDF my choice of career.

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    Diligence is the mother

    of good fortune. Benjamin Disraeli

    Award for Best Graduating Student

    22299 Selwyn Williams

    Award for Best Drill

    22355 Letitia Myles

    Award for Best Military Knowledge

    22220 Aquency Harvey

    Award for Runner Up Graduating Student

    22297 Trevon Caesar

    Award for Best Shot

    Chavez Mangal

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    O nce again, 31 SF Sqn have stamped

    their authority at the Force Quarterly

    Fitness Competition amassing a

    whopping 607 points to win the second

    quarter edition of the event!

    Air Corps, their closest rival, finished second

    with a total of 583 while 2 Inf Bn finished third with

    their total of 558 points. Following in fourth place

    wasTrg Corps with 517; and in fifth, Coastal Bn with

    494.5; in sixth, BC(A) with 449 points.

    The other male teams scored as follows:

    BC(S) - 437..seventh place

    CG - 382.eight place

    At left, members of 31 SF Team during their kit check following the 5km run. At right, Colonel General Staff,

    Col Bruce Lovell congratulates the team following the award of their prizes.

    Above, CO 1 Inf Bn, Col George Lewis presents BC(A) females

    with their medals. At left, the team displays its trophies.

    PIR Coy - 372.ninth place, and,

    4 Engr Bn - 369.tenth place

    BC(S) females finished with a total of 355 points.

    Addressing the teams at the conclusion of the

    Competition, the Colonel general Staff encouraged

    them to strive for better performances in the future.

    He intimated that as soldiers, their physical state of

    readiness must be at an all time high. The winners

    and runner-up teams received trophies, medals and

    team incentives.

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    5 June 30, 2012

    19575 CPL Deroy Phillips emerged the Best

    Student while 20718 LCPL Ganesh Ramnauth

    was the Runner Up Student on the Grade II All

    Arms Course which concluded at the Jaguar

    Lecture Hall at Base Camp Stephenson on

    Friday, June 29 last.

    Meanwhile, 21509 LCPL Jamaine Fraser and

    20488 PTE Winston Cooper were Best Student

    and Runner Up Student respectively on the

    Grade III Arms-Storeman Course which also

    concluded that day.

    Congratulating the graduates classes, Commanding Officer

    Five Service Support Battalion (CO 5SSB) Lieutenant

    Colonel Ramkarran Doodnauth charged them to return to

    their units and use their newly-acquired knowledge to

    enhance the execution of their tasks. With the knowledge

    you have gained, you must now measure up. In order to

    properly execute your tasks and enhance the quality of your

    Unit, you will need to become accountable, be honest and commit to upholding high standards, he said.

    Lt Col Doodnauth also emphasized that they must be aware of the changes taking place across the Force and be ready to

    adapt to new circumstances and situations.

    The COS, all Officers and Other Ranks extend their congratulations to the successful graduates of the two courses .

    Above: Director of the Specialist To Arms Institute

    (STAIN) Lieutenant Colonel Terry Benn presents

    CPL Phillips with his prize. At right, LCPL Ganesh

    receives his prize from the Colonel.

    CO 5SSB, Lt Col Ramkarran Doodnauth presents prizes to LCPL Fraser and PTE Cooper

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    6 June 30, 2012

    PROMOTION - OFFICERS Special Orders

    Ser No 008) 2012-07-04

    008. In accordance with Part III Section 16 of the

    Defence Act 15:01 of 1977, the Chief of Staff is

    pleased to announce that His Excellency the

    President and Commander-in-Chief has approved

    the following promotions with effect from

    2012-07-01

    To Acting Major

    99437 Substantive Captain Ramnauth Parsram

    99427 Substantive Captain Joslyn Assanah

    To Acting Captain

    99687 Lieutenant Kevaun Gray

    99722 Substantive Lieutenant Keith Watts

    99739 Substantive lieutenant Cedric Fraser

    Coast Guard

    To Acting Lieutenant (CG)

    99738 Substantive Sub Lieutenant Nigel Backer

    To Acting Lieutenant (CG)

    997873 Midshipman Dane Haynes

    ...

    STRENGTH DECREASE OCDTs Part II

    Orders Ser No 035) 2012-05-15

    0340. Approval was granted for the u/m OCDTs,

    Trg Corps, to be SOS as shown:

    999139 OCDT Kevin Alert, SNLR

    wef 12-04-16

    999142 OCDT Jaryl Moore, AHOR

    wef 12-04-27

    999143 OCDT Jewel Thompson, SNLR

    wef 12-04-09

    999158 OCDT Jason Bishop, AHOR

    wef 12-04-03

    999169 OCDT Naphtalie Liverpool, AHOR

    wef 12-04-17

    999168 OCDT Andrew Cameron, AHOR

    wef 12-04-18

    STRENGTH DECREASE ORs Part II

    Orders Ser No 035) 2012-05-15

    0341. Approval was granted for the u/m ORs,

    to be SOS as shown:

    17863 SSGT Alex Lewis of Trg Corps, OR

    wef 12-08-25

    20267 LCPL Royan Morrisson of Sports

    Dept AHOR wef 12-07-22

    21515 PTE Leon Higgins of Coastal Bn,

    AHOR 12-07-31

    21627 OR Trevor Dazell of CG, AHOR

    wef 12-06-30

    ...

    STRENGTH DECREASE OCDTs Part II

    Orders Ser No 036) 2012-05-17

    0364. Approval was granted for the u/m

    OCDTs, Trg Corps, to be SOS AHOR as

    shown:

    999139 OCDT Julias Dias, wef 12-04-03

    999142 OCDT Jason Bishop,

    wef 12-04-03

    999143 OCDT Obitre Hytmiah,

    wef 12-04-03

    999158 OCDT Andrew Cameron,

    wef 12-04-03

    STRENGTH DECREASE ORs Part II

    Orders Ser No 036) 2012-05-17

    0341. Approval was granted for the u/m ORs,

    to be SOS-AHOR as shown:

    20940 LCPL Telesha Holder of DHQ

    (G5Branch) wef 13-01-01

    21407 PTE Amande McLenon of BC(A)

    wef 12-07-31

  • GAFF & LAFF!

    DONKEY SALE

    Jonsey bought a donkey from he

    padnah Ramsingh, for $3,000. Ramsingh agreed to deliver the

    donkey the next day. Next day, Ramsingh drive up and said,

    "Sorry Jonsey, but I have some bad news. The donkey dead."

    "Well gie me back meh money," said Jonsey.

    "Jonsey boy, I done spen it ahready."

    "OK, then. Still gi me the donkey."

    "Wha yuh go wid him?" asked Ramsingh.

    "You doh worry, I gon raffle him."

    "You cyaan raffle a dead donkey. Yuh mad or what!"

    "Who say so....you makin joke. Watch me. I ent tellin nobody

    he dead," said Jonsey.

    A month later Ramsingh met Jonsey in the market. "Jonsey,

    wha happen with yuh dead donkey boy?" Jonsey replied, "Ah

    raffle him off nuh. Ah sell 100 hundred tickets at 100 dollars

    and ah rake in $9,900.00"

    "Nobody eh make noise?" "Only de fella who win.

    So ah gie he back he hundred dollars!"

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    7 June 30 , 2012

    G u y a na D ef en c e

    F o r c e D e n t a l

    O f f i c e r , M a j o r

    Dr. Meer Khan

    executed an un-

    common dental surgery on the

    teenage child of an Army rank at

    the GDF Dental Clinic which is

    one of the most modern dental

    service units in the country.

    The patients lower second

    molar wasdamaged beyond

    repair. The procedure, a dental

    transplant, was done at the

    Camp Ayanganna Medical C

    entre and post-operative follow

    up done recently confirms the success of the surgery.

    If a common normal procedure been done, the damaged

    tooth would have been extracted and, if she sought to

    maintain a good occlusion, it would have demanded the

    installation of dentures, necessitating the expenditure of

    finances.

    Instead, Dr Khan, after the necessary clinical and radio-

    graphic examination suggested to the patients mother the

    option of transplant surgery. A third molar aback the con-

    demned tooth which was not completely developed was

    transplanted in the place of the rotted

    tooth. The early stage of development of

    the third molar contributed greatly to the

    success of the surgery. In most persons,

    the third molar is underutilized and, in

    very many cases, it has to be removed

    because of lack of space for it to reach its

    normal position in the mouth, abnormal

    position and for other reasons.

    After the necessary consent and pre-

    operative procedures, the surgery was

    done. The damaged second molar was

    removed and discarded and the third

    molar taken from the area behind the

    discarded tooth, was removed and placed

    in the position of the extracted tooth.

    The execution of this surgery is in keeping with the Guy-

    ana Defence Forces Med-

    ical Policy and emphasis

    on quality preventive

    dentistry. This procedure

    helps to maintain the

    patients occlusion and it

    also reduces the possibil-

    ity of the subsequent

    conditions and the relat-

    ed financial, functional

    and esthetic costs im-

    plied with the loss of any

    tooth.

    Dr Khan stresses that while this procedure may be executed

    more frequently each case has to be well selected. There are a

    number of factors that have to be considered and these include

    the age

    o f t h e

    patient,

    the stage

    of devel-

    o p m e n t

    o f t h e

    tooth to

    be trans-

    planted,

    compati-

    bility of

    d i m e n -

    s i o n s

    between

    t h e e x -

    t r a c t e d

    tooth and the replacing tooth, the state of health of the trans-

    plant site, presence or absence of inflammation/infection, oral

    health and hygiene of the patient and others.

    Damaged tooth (last tooth)

    Damaged tooth extracted

    Damaged tooth replaced by the

    patients third molar tooth

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    This Newsletter was prepared by the G5 Branch for distribution to Members of the Guyana Defence Force, Government Ministries, Members of the Joint

    Services, Libraries and Veterans Associations. It can also be accessed on the GDFs Website at: : http://www.gdf.mil.gy

    21806 PTE Chris

    Holder of 1Inf Bn and

    2 1 0 7 3 P T E D w o n

    T hom p s on of w e r e

    ad j ud ge d t he B e s t

    B o x e r s ( m a l e a n d

    female respectively)

    w h e n t h e 2 0 1 2

    I nt e r -Uni t Novi ce s

    Boxing Championships

    concluded at BC(S) on

    June 21.

    At left, Holder in

    action on his way to

    copping the title. At

    r i g h t , T h o m p s o n

    receives her trophy

    from Lt (CG) Shenella

    Europe.

    GDF romped to a convincing 3-1 win over the

    Georgetown Football Club (GFC) on Sunday, July 1, at

    GFC ground to claim the Georgetown Football

    Association (GFA) Banks DIH Limited-sponsored

    Presidents Beer football tournament and a $1M pay cheque!

    GDFs launched their attack and were rewarded with a goal

    in the seventh minute off the boot of Jehu Drewly. One minute

    later, captain Rayon Morrison scored to bring GDFs tally to

    2-0. GDF extended their lead with yet another goal by Desford

    Williams in the 23rd minute.

    Moving beyond half-time with their lead solid, GDF

    continued to deny GFC the revenge they sought until GFCs Roy

    Stanton put one between GDFs uprights to score. It was now

    3-1 in favour of the military boys and so it remained when the

    final whistle was blown.

    Team Coach, CIV Denzil Thompson pointed out that coming

    off of the win of the NAMILCO Tournament earlier in the year,

    the objective had always been to win the next tournament.

    Thats what we did! he said. We set our objectives, and

    trained with these in mind. Our guys worked hard to

    hone their abilities at the technical, tactical and even

    psychological levels and it paid off!

    Quite humble and unassuming, Coach Thompson noted too

    that, despite some challenges regarding training schedules

    From Left: Best Goalkeeper 20749 LCPL Delon Young, Top Goal

    Scorer, 19964 LCPL Desford Williams, and Tournament MVP,

    20829 LCPL Seon Prince

    which saw various members of his team having to perform

    their soldiering duties alongside practice sessions, his men

    remained focused on their goal; TO WIN!

    The Team will be competing in the GFA Super 8 Tourna-

    ment which is scheduled to commence around July 15. We

    are ready to go and are looking to continue our delivery

    of positive results! Thompson says.