Kemi Football Club Signs Two BDF  Pioneers

Kemi Football Club Signs Two BDF  Pioneers

Kemi Football Club Signs Two BDF  Pioneers

BDF Media Release| 26 Apr 19

Photography credit: Lieutenant S Gollop

Headquarters Barbados Defence Force is extremely pleased to recognize Pioneers Shane Codrington and Rashad Jules, footballers of the BDF Sport Programme who have successfully gained contracts with Kemi Football Club in Finland. 
The BDF Sports Programme aims to develop a unique body of highly trained athletes in various sports, capable of representing Barbados at the highest levels of competition, and also rounded in their social, educational and moral development. 
Both players credit the Barbados Defence Force, its Sport Programme and the Barbados Football Association for the disciplined instilled as they developed their skills and the unwavering support to ensure every possible opportunity was available. 

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ANZAC Day Celebrations

ANZAC Day Celebrations

ANZAC Day Celebrations

BDF Media Release| 26 Apr 19

Photography credit: BDF Media

The New Zealand High Commission (NZHC) to Barbados commemorated ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) Day at the Military Cemetery, Gravesend. His Excellency Anton Ojala, New Zealand High Commissioner to Barbados led the ceremony which is held annually on April 25 in recognition of the first major action fought by the Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. This year marks the first time that ANZAC Day was commemorated in Barbados. 

In 1915 Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in order to open a corridor into Dardanelles for the allied navies. The ultimate objective was to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul), the capital of the Ottoman Empire, an ally of Germany. Commemorative services are held at dawn – the time of the original landing, while later in the day, former Australian and New Zealand servicemen and servicewomen meet to take part in marches and other activities. Commemorative ceremonies are used as occasions when Australians and New Zealanders reflect on the many different meanings of war. 

BDF Chief of Staff Colonel Glyne Grannum noted that the BDF was pleased to partner with the NZHC to participate in the commemorative event since the value of sacrifice for the country remained very much a part of contemporary military culture and the legacy of such will be forever treasured. 

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BDF Appoints New Force Sergeant Major

BDF Appoints New Force Sergeant Major

Bdf Appoints New Force Sergeant Major

BDF Media Release| 1 Apr 19

Photography credit: Lieutenant S Gollop

Master Chief Petty Officer Class One (MCPO1) Austin Howell has been appointed Force Sergeant Major (FSM) effective 1 April 2019. As a 30-year veteran of the BDF, MCPO1 Howell was appointed following the Commissioning of the former FSM Warrant Officer Class 1 Samuel Boyce in the rank of Captain.

As the most senior enlisted rank, the FSM acts as an advisor to the Chief of Staff, the senior command element, with specific responsibilities for junior enlisted leadership, discipline, ceremonial and parade matters among many other responsibilities.

Congratulations FSM!

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Introduction to Computer Applications Course For Berean Bible Church Closing Ceremony

Introduction to Computer Applications Course For Berean Bible Church Closing Ceremony

Computer Applications Course For Berean Bible Church Closing Ceremony

BDF Media Release| 30 Mar 19

Photography credit: Corporal Maynard D

The Barbados Defence Force’s Communications and Information Systems Platoon (CISP) held a Closing Ceremony for the Introduction to Computer Applications Course facilitated for the Berean Bible Church.  There were 19 participants.

The Ceremony marked the culmination of 8 weeks of formal training in:

PC Basics
Windows 7 & 10 Operating Systems
Internet Browsing and Internet Explorer 
Microsoft Word 2010

Captain Gale Morgan, Staff Officer Information Management Systems in her overview of the Course highlighted that the participants received tutorials in the basic knowledge and skills of information technology. She further indicated that the Course provided a unique synergy for BDF’s military assistance to the civil community (MACC) efforts which carried the added benefit of development of the BDF’s instructors and senior church members.

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BDF Co-Hosts CABSEC/SAMSEC 2019

BDF Co-Hosts CABSEC/SAMSEC 2019

BDF Co-Hosts CABSEC/SAMSEC 2019

BDF Media Release| 28 Mar 19

Photography credit: BDF Media

The Barbados Defence Force and the UK-based Defence IQ recently cohosted the Caribbean Basin Coastal Surveillance and Maritime Security Summit 2019 (CABSEC 19) and the South American Security Summit 2019 (SAMSEC19) conferences held at the Hilton Resort 26 – 28 March 2019.  The Honourable Dale Marshall, Attorney General of Barbados officially opened the Conferences on behalf of the Prime Minister.  

The theme for this year’s conference was: Promoting Regional Cooperation and Countering Transnational Threats paying particular attention to counter-terrorism initiatives, counter-illicit trafficking operations, coordination for Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief operations and protecting the Blue Economy and national Exclusive Economic Zones.

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There were 16 countries’ military and police organizations and over 70 defence and security stakeholders, agencies and industry partners participating in the Conference. Participants were drawn from the Caribbean, North, Central and South America, Europe, the Mediterranean and Israel. The 2018 Conference was hosted in Jamaica and the 2020 event is scheduled for Colombia. In in contribution to the national tourism product, the BDF hosted a cultural cocktail evening themed the “Best of Barbados” for the delegates of the Conference at the Officers’ Mess St Ann’s Fort.

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