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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Their Royal Highnesses Visit & Presentations

Their Royal Highnesses Visit & Presentations

Their Royal Highnesses Visit & Presentations

BDF Media Release| 24 Mar 19

Photography credit: BDF Media

As part of Their Royal Highnesses, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall,  10 day visit to the Commonwealth Caribbean islands and in recognition of the Barbados Defence Force’s 40th Anniversary of establishment, a Parade was held 19 March 2019 in National Hereos’ Square. 

During the Parade, His Royal Highness officially presented the Barbados Coast Guard Colour and Barbados Cadet Corps Banner. The Colour and Banner presented to these units of the BDF, join Queen’s Colour and the Regimental Colour presented to the Barbados Regiment in February 1981.

HRH also visited the Barbados Defence Force’s Field Medical Facility, where he viewed the equipment and interacted with the FMF’s personnel.

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BDF Argentine Tango at The Fort: A Cultural Exchange

BDF Argentine Tango at The Fort: A Cultural Exchange

BDF Argentine Tango at The Fort

BDF Media Release| 9 Mar 19

Photography credit: BDF Media

Headquarters Barbados Defence Force (HQ BDF) in recognition of its 40th Anniversary and 50 years of friendship between Argentina and Barbados, hosted “Argentina meets Barbados: Tango at the Fort” on Saturday 9th March at St Ann’s Fort, Garrison, St Michael. 
Patrons were treated to Tango workshops for beginners to advanced dancers and a variety of artistic expressions from both countries such as music, paintings, sculpture, film, weaponry and the best of Argentine wines with Barbadian cuisine.

The cultural highlight of the evening featured the live performance of the Barbados Defence Force Band and local songstress Nakita, playing the sensual rhythms of the Argentine Tango to create a unique and sophisticated ambience for dancing and cultural exchange.

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