Ladies in Military Leadership: SLt Karen Carvalho

Ladies in Military Leadership: SLt Karen Carvalho

Ladies In Military Leadership featuring Sub-Lieutenant Karen Carvalho

BDF Media Release| 28 October 2020

Photography and Story credit: BDF Media & AB Bryan T

Sub-lieutenant (SLt) Karen Carvalho, born on 23 July 1978 attended the Pine Primary School before transitioning to the Garrison Secondary School. The proud mother of two, enlisted in the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) on 17 April 1999 and has served selflessly for the past twenty-one years after her posting to the Barbados Coast Guard (BCG), becoming its first female recruit.

SLt Carvalho is the holder of a Bachelors in Psychology with Honours, an associate degree in Psychology and a certificate in Management specializing in Human Resources. During her military career, she has attained the coveted enlisted rank of Chief Petty Officer before receiving the Queen’s Commission in 2018. SLt Carvahlo performs her secondary duty as Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to the country’s first female Prime Minister, the honourable Mia A. Mottley, Q.C, M.P. Karen sees this opportunity as extra-ordinary and she is pleasantly overwhelmed whenever she attends military ceremonial functions as ADC.

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She has performed various roles such as; Administrative Assistant, Engineering Clerk, Small Boat Flotilla (SBF) Coxswain, BCG Operation Centre Watch-keeper, BCG Adjutant Assistant and is currently posted as BCG Adjutant. She has also successfully completed several courses locally, regionally and internationally. Courses such as the VIP Close Protection, Courts Prosecutors’ Course, Basic Coxswains Course, Drill Instructors Course, Radio Operator’s course in Trinidad, the International Tactical Communications and International Maritime Officers Course both in the USA.

SLt Karen Carvahlo urges all females who are interested in joining the BDF, “to come with an open mind, prepare to put in maximum effort, see yourself as a member of a team and work towards the motto which says a Symbol of Excellence.”

Her current goals are to one day serve as the Force Adjutant and to be afforded the unique opportunity to work with the United Nations (U.N)

We salute you ma’am!!!

Society of Psychology Front-line Workers Donation

Society of Psychology Front-line Workers Donation

Society of Psychology Front-line Workers Donation

BDF Media Release| 28 October 2020

Photography and Story credit: CSgt Stoute H and AB Bryan T

Headquarters Barbados Defence Force (HQ BDF) expresses its sincere appreciation to the President and members of the (BSP) for their donation of mental health care packages to the medical frontline workers of the BDF, at Officers’ Mess St Ann’s Fort the Garrison.

President of the Barbados Society of Psychology, Ms Noemi White, stated that the society thought it fitting that during this month which is recognized as Mental Health Month, to show appreciation to the medical frontline workers of the BDF.

Ms White added that they wanted to give back by saying “thank you for keeping us safe, and to remember, self-care is not selfishness but important”.  Ms White indicated that the idea for the mental-care packages came about due to the COVID 19 pandemic and the society recognizing that our frontline workers needed to take care of themselves before they could take care of the general public.

Ms White along with student members Ms Sonia.C. Cadogan and Mrs Jo-ann Phosper-Chase presented the packages to the two youngest members of staff with the Florence Gittens Medical Facility (FGMF), Private Justin Harding and Private Shadika Phillps. 

Principal Staff Officer (PSO) BDF Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Carlos Lovell, on behalf of the Chief of Staff Colonel Glyne Grannum and members of the BDF expressed his sincere gratitude to the president and her team for this timely donation.  He further stated that the BDF was very appreciative for the recognition of its efforts on the frontline during this pandemic. 

Lt Col Lovell reaffirmed the BDFs commitment to safe guarding the people of Barbados through dedication, loyalty and commitment to duty.

Our Brothers’ Keepers

Our Brothers’ Keepers

Our Brothers’ Keepers

BDF Media Release| 28 October 2020

Photography and Story credit: Pte Straker K

The Barbados Defence Force (BDF) wishes to acknowledge the efforts of the Barbados Legion in maintaining its objective to provide assistance to our veterans, our unsung heroes. Such assistance was recently granted to Private Samuel Clarke with the refurbishment of his home.

Private Clarke has offered twenty – seven (27) committed and gratifying years of service to Barbados. During these years, he was a member of Alpha Company Platoon 1, serving under Company Sergeant Major (CSM) Carter. Clarke made it clear in an interview that he is thrilled to have spent his youth in the military and especially thanks CSM Carter for bringing him up the right way. “I would advise any young man to go and join the BDF right after school, you will learn a lot and enjoy your time in service. I even tell the young men from my neighbourhood to sign up”, he said in his time you didn’t have to worry about food or accommodation, and it was the best place for a young man to be. Clarke would have spent the majority of his military career at the Drill Hall and remembers the times he had the privilege to go to the St. Lucy Naval Base.

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Clarke, though he did have any overseas deployments, said, “if I was called to be deployed I would have gladly gone”. In his 27 years, Clarke says he has had the opportunity to pledge allegiance to the British and the Barbados National flag after being raised at the Garrison Savannah, and also paying his compliments to the Prime Minister of Barbados at the time Sir Errol Walton Barrow. He says one piece of advice for anyone joining the military is to “ensure to follow the command of senior persons and you will be ok, your duty as a soldier is to follow the Queen’s law”.

Garrison Secretary Warrant Officer Class 2 (Ret’d) Winfield Boyce, indicated that this project was made possible due to the kind donations of Barbadians during the 2019 Poppy Appeal Campaign.  The Barbados Legion and the Barbados Poppy League is encouraging more Barbadians to donate during this year appeal so that they can continue to render the much-needed assistance to our veterans. 

Celebrating 38 Years of Strength Through Unity

Celebrating 38 Years of Strength Through Unity

Celebrating 38 Years of Strength Through Unity

BDF Media Release| 30 October 2020

Photography and Story credit: BDF Media Team

Thirty-eight years ago today, four OECS countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Barbados signaling the creation of the Regional Security System, the most successful security alliance in the history of the modern Caribbean. At that time Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados agreed to provide mutual assistance on request to respond to the security challenges of that period.  By 1985, Grenada and St Kitts and Nevis joined as well. In the nearly 4 decades since then, the RSS has evolved significantly and today still represents an effective, relevant and respected defence and security mechanism. The MOU was upgraded to a treaty in 1996.

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Today (29 October 2020) we acknowledge the visionary wisdom and thank the architects of the RSS for their leadership and determination in creating, building and developing the RSS as an operational entity that upholds its Member States values and defends and secures their collective and interdependent interests.  We also recognize and thank all those who have served the alliance over the years, through its 10 Member States’ Forces. Appreciation is also extended to the RSS’ strategic partners – nation states, agencies and organisations, regionally and worldwide. 

Congratulations to the Executive Director, the staff of the Headquarters of the RSS and to all military and police personnel of the Member States Forces who currently serve, having taken the proverbial baton from the generation prior. BDF continues to recognize the RSS’ worth and fully accepts the responsibility to serve through the strength of unity.

Private Kimberley Keeps Boxing

Private Kimberley Keeps Boxing

Private Kimberley Keeps Boxing!

BDF Media Release| 18 September 20

Photography and Story credit: Featured Fridays BDF Media Team

Private Kimberley Gittens after graduating from the Coleridge and Parry School, enlisted in the Barbados Defence Force Sports Program (BDFSP) in February 2011, where she spent seven (7) years representing the BDFSP and Barbados in the discipline of Boxing. Patriotism and continued personal development led her to enlist in the Barbados Defence Force Full-time element in 2018, becoming a proud member of Recruit Intake 1/18.

Gittens is no stranger to the local and regional boxing-rings as she has now become jet-lagged with success having received numerous medals at such events. In the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games, Gittens successfully held on to receive a bronze during her light welterweight fight against Mirquin Sena of the Dominican Republic. In 2019 Gittens successfully represented Barbados and the International Military Council Games (CISM) in China, where she represented Barbados Defence Force with pride.

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Now a full-timer in the BDF, Kimberley admits that her duty to the Force and country sometimes conflicts with her boxing training, but she is proud to state that to date, there has been a manageable balance and the BDF, in its strategic mandate to sport and youth development has installed measures to assist with her sporting endeavours. In mentioning her heartfelt thanks to the BDF for its sporting vision, Gittens admitted in a candid interview that she does not regret first enlisting with the BDFSP, due it being parallel with the discipline and values of the BDF. While she was unable to transfer her years of service in the BDFSP to the BDF, she confidently stated that she is yet comforted knowing that she still has the opportunity to attend and train for boxing engagements, while being a servicewoman.  

In her own words Kimberley states that “boxing is very strenuous and time-consuming, you can’t take it lightly and if you don’t have a passion for it I would not advise you to join it”.

Private Gittens still has her sights her sights set on representing Barbados at the Olympics Games scheduled for July 2021. Her vision is to advance into general coaching or maybe technical coaching.

DID YOU KNOW?  

Kimberly is a lover of dogs and has four and she also collects water bottles whenever she travels.