Nov 15, 2008 News
The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) this week honoured five of its officers and 27 other ranks for exemplary service, with the Chief of Staff, Commodore Gary Best, hailing their contribution to the Force under often adverse and challenging circumstances.
“Individually and collectively, you have provided vital support to this organisation, to the extent that you are being recognised at the highest level in the Force,” he said.
The recognition came on Thursday with the medal presentation at the GDF 43rd Anniversary Medals Presentation Ceremony at Base Camp Ayanganna. Fourteen soldiers were awarded Border Defence Medals while another 18 earned Military Efficiency Medals.
The Border Defence Medal (BDM) is awarded to soldiers with an accumulated 365 days or more service at the GDF border locations, while the Military Efficiency Medal (MEM) is awarded for a minimum of 10 years of unbroken exemplary service within the GDF.
After decorating the medal recipients, Chief-of-Staff Best commended them for their valuable and valued contribution to the army, saying that it was noteworthy because of the circumstances they worked under.
He said the recognition they were given was not so much for work done, but, more importantly, for their ability to perform tasks beyond which they are assigned.
“It recognizes your loyalty, honesty, and the fact that you have committed yourselves to excellence.”
“We salute you, and hope that others will learn from you and emulate your attitudes, and so move toward their own levels of higher achievement…see this as an appreciation of your dedicated service to your organization.”
The soldiers receiving Border Defence Medals were: from Jaguar Company — Major Denzil Carmichael and LCpl Malvern DeJonge; from Labaria Company — Corporals Sithole George, Troy Morris, Eaton Simpson, and Mark Knights, Lance Corporals 20034 Romel Shaw, Joseph Benn, Jermaine Richards, Peon Lee and Orin Elias; and from Support Company — Cpl Orwin Woodruff and LCpl Lloyd Coxall.
The soldiers receiving the Military Efficiency Medals were Major Dwain Nurse of 2 1 Infantry Battalion (Res.); Commander Lalta Seenarine and Lieutenants Ron Charles and Andrea Cush (Coast Guard); Corporals Shawn Samuels, Clinton Hollingsworth, Neville Bastiani, and LCpl Troy Mitchell.
Others were Cpl Odinga Monker (Support Company), Women Corporals Vanessa Brummell and Teshina Mc Calmont ( Base Camp Stephenson), Staff Sergeant Troy Gaskin and W/Sgt Carlyn Dover (PRED), Sergeants Michael Joseph and Desmond Joseph (Air Corps), Bevon Connelly of Finance Department and W/Sgt Glennis Joseph and W/Sgt Felene Joseph of 2 Infantry Battalion (Res.).
CPL Sherwin Trotman of Support Company earned both the Border Defence Medal and the Military Efficiency Medal.
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