In Honour of Pablo

In Honour of Pablo

Pablo’s Day !

BDF Media Release| 13 December 20

Photography and Story credit: AB Bryan T, BDF Media

Headquarters Barbados Defence Force, with members of the Royal Barbados Police Force held a day of celebrations in honour of the late Lance Corporal Pablo Kinch.

During the celebrations and family luncheon, Chief of Staff, Colonel Glyne Grannum assisted Kinch’s mother, Ms Silvadeen Kinch with the unveiling of a photo-plaque in the Grenade Lounge, Paragon Base.

Officer Commanding Special Operations Company, Captain Jamal Samrodia, remarked that Kinch’s extended family at Paragon and the BDF, were honoured to host this function in what was referred to as the “Pablo’s way! Pablo’s Design! on Pablo’s Day!”

High Tea With Sir Tom !

High Tea With Sir Tom !

High – Tea With Sir Tom !

BDF Media Release| 18 December 20

Photography and Story credit: AB Bryan T, BDF Media

Headquarters Barbados Defence Force joined the Barbados Tourism and Marketing Incorporated to welcome British World War II veteran and centenarian Colonel, Sir Tom Moore to the island. Col Sir Tom’s visit included historic tours and culminated with High Tea at the Officers’ Mess, St Ann’s Fort. The touring party were joined by Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Sandra Mason, Ministers of Government and the members of the United Kingdom High Commission.

During his tour, Col Sir Tom was warmly greeted by fellow ex-military centenarians, Ms Ena Collymore-Woodstock, aged 103 and Warrant Officer (retired) Class 2 Elder Bishop aged 101. Ms Ena Collymore-Woodstock, a Jamaican with Barbadian ancestry, was among the first batch of Caribbean women to join the Auxiliary Territorial Service, a branch of the British Army during World War II.

In the ambience of the Fort and a military display by the BDF Band in Zouave uniform, Col Sir Tom expressed his delight to be present in Barbados and “enjoying every moment”. He further stated that, “it was usually soldiers who were on the front lines for any type of national emergency, with nursing second… but COVID 19 has it now in the reverse …”

Col Sir Tom, raised more than $90 million (£33 million) in charity walks for the UK National Health Service (NHS). He received honorary membership with the Barbados Legion.

‘Tis The Season 2020

‘Tis The Season 2020

The Joy Of Children’s Laughter At Christmas

BDF Media Release| 18 December 20

Photography and Story credit: AB Bryan T, BDF Media

‘Tis the season for Christmas cheer ! when the Barbados Defence Force held it’s annual Children’s Christmas party, at the Officers’ Mess, St Ann’s Fort.

This event allows all the children of the BDF family to relax and enjoy wholesome fun in the spirit of Christmas

Knighted Sir – Sir!

Knighted Sir – Sir!

Knighted! Brigadier General Sir Rudyard Lewis

BDF Media Release| 23 December 20

Photography and Story credit: Pte Straker K, BDF Media

Headquarters Barbados Defence Force congratulates Brigadier Sir Rudyard Lewis on the official receipt of his knighthood by Her Excellency, Dame Sandra Mason Governor-General of Barbados. Sir Rudyard Lewis received the Knight of St Andrew for extraordinary achievements and meritorious service to the military in Barbados.

Brigadier General Sir Rudyard Lewis was a former Chief of Staff of the BDF , where he successfully executed the restoration of security during the 1980s, including the Grenada Intervention. In 1982, he pioneered the development of the Regional Security System.

Brigadier General Sir Rudyard Lewis capably assumed the responsibility of equipping and training the Force as an elite professional military entity to treat to the security challenges of that era. Recognising that like Barbados, several other Eastern Caribbean island nations did not have all the resources needed for their territorial defence, Brigadier Sir Rudyard Lewis was given the task of organising a cooperative regional security organisation that would provide for the mutual cooperation to maximize their strength in the interest of collective defence and stability to achieve social and economic development of their people.

Brigadier Sir Rudyard Lewis led in the process that created an unrivaled small-island defence and security organisation that continues to meet several of the operational and training needs of its Member States. 

In attendance at the ceremony were Lady Lewis and Colonel Glyne Grannum, Chief of Staff Barbados Defence Force.

Congratulations Sir – Sir!

Force Proud! Independence Honours

Force Proud! Independence Honours

Force Proud! National Independence Honourees

BDF Media Release| 30 November 20

Photography and Story credit: BDF Media

The Barbados Defence Force is extremely proud to congratulate its members who were recognized during this year’s National Independence Awards.

🌟Brigadier, Sir Rudyard Lewis, former Chief of Staff, received the Knight of St Andrew for extraordinary achievement and meritorious service to the military in Barbados.

🇧🇧The recipients of Barbados’ Star of Gallantry are:

🌟Captain Donville Adderson Dash

For his courage and commitment in difficult and dangerous conditions
during the initial stage of Barbados’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

🌟Lieutenant (Coast Guard) Anderson Goodridge

For his courage and commitment in difficult and dangerous conditions
during the initial stage of Barbados’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

🌟Lieutenant Rudolf Oscar Morris

Lieutenant Rudolph Morris, Registered Nurse, is being recognised for his
courage and selfless effort to restrict the entry of the COVID-19 virus into the island during the initial stage of the global pandemic.

Congratulations Sirs!