Governor General visit Geriatric Hospital

Governor General visit Geriatric Hospital

Geriatric Hospital’s Annual Christmas Party.

BDF Media Release| 19 Dec 18

Photography credit: Lieutenant S Gollop

Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Sandra Mason and Minister of Health, the Honourable Jeffrey Bostic attended the Geriatric Hospital’s Annual Christmas Party.

They were treated with performances of song, instrumentals and poetry by the staff and residents of the hospital.

Major Lubin Maxwell, BDF Building Rehabilitation Projects Manager, engaged the visiting party to a tour of the restorative work done by the Barbados Defence Force.

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Barbados Regiment Christmas Cocktail

Barbados Regiment Christmas Cocktail

Barbados Regiment Christmas Cocktail

BDF Media Release| 19 Dec 18

Photography credit: Lieutenant S Gollop

The Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Lovell, Officers, Warrant Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers of the Barbados Regiment expressed their appreciation for the unwavering support and dedication displayed by their Junior Ranks throughout the year with a Cocktail Party at the Pom Marine Hotel and Restaurant. 

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Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme Placed 2nd

Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme Placed 2nd

Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme Placed 2nd

BDF Media Release| 23 Dec 18

Photography credit:  Corporal Maynard D

The Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme cricketers placed second in the finals of the Elite Division tournament. The match was drawn against Sagicor Life UWI, with Damario Goodman taking the most wickets for the season.

During the match, he took 6 – 80.

Final Points Table:
UWI 131, BDFSP 107, Wildey 103, Gladiola 94

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LAST POST! WW2 VETERAN SQUADRON COMMANDER CECIL OWEN ELLISON

LAST POST! WW2 VETERAN SQUADRON COMMANDER CECIL OWEN ELLISON

LAST POST!

WW2 VETERAN SQUADRON COMMANDER

 

The Times UK 
Photography credit:  Lcpl Bellamy C

Last Post! World War 2 Veteran Squadron Commander Cecil Owen Ellison (Reveille 28 Sept 1919 – Last Post 30 Sept 2018, age 99)  The Barbados Defence Force honoured World War 2 Veteran, Squadron Commander Cecil Owen Ellison’s wish to be interred in the Military Cemetery.  Owen Ellison was one of the last survivors of the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) lesser-known but most successful campaigns of the Second World War: the mining of the River Daube between April and October 1944.  This action disrupted the supply of oil from Romania to Germany.

He flew 42 operational sorties during the war against targets across Europe. He remained in the RAF and was later involved in secret missions to parachute agents into North Korea. He was promoted to Squadron Leader in 1954 and retired in 1959.  After leaving the RAF, Ellison was employed by a firm of book publishers as its salesman in the Caribbean. His duties brought him to Barbados where he eventually resided and married Jean Edgehill, a native Barbadian.

In Barbados he bought a guesthouse with 12 bedrooms called Sunset Lodge, which he ran as a business. In 1965 he sold Sunset Lodge but managed a chain of hotels for a Canadian company such as Discovery Bay, Tamarind Cove, the Colony Club and Coconut Creek.  Squadron Commander Ellison was renowned for his dance moves on the local hotel circuit and was affectionately known as “commander”.

BDF RESPONDS TO TROPICAL STORM KIRK

BDF RESPONDS TO TROPICAL STORM KIRK

BDF RESPONDS TO

TROPICAL STORM KIRK

 

BDF Media Release| 30 SEPT 18
Photography credit:  Lt S Gollop, Cpl K Boyce

As Barbadians continue to prepare and brace for the passing of unpredictable Atlantic weather systems, the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) continues to plan, train and coordinate.

This ensures the capability and capacity to assist interagency partners in responding to any worst-case scenarios which may emanate.

The Force has a multidimensional role in local and regional disaster response. The training and preparation of the BDF were recently tested during the passage of Tropical Storm Kirk (TS Kirk). The BDF rescued 15 persons (including a pregnant lady, 2 children and 3 senior citizens). BDF personnel also conducted damage assessment, reconnaissance tasks and debris clearances.

 

Prime Minister, the Honourable Mia A Mottley Q.C, M.P and Chief of Staff Colonel Glyne Grannum touring the severly flood affected areas due to the passage of Tropical Storm Kirk.

BDF RECRUIT INTAKE 1/18 GRADUATION

BDF RECRUIT INTAKE 1/18 GRADUATION

BDF RECRUIT INTAKE 1/18

GRADUATION

 

BDF Media Release| 06 AUG 18
Photography credit:  Lcpl Bellamy C, OS Matthews Ifill J

Discipline, Honest and Integrity, Loyalty, Determination, Courage, Respect for Self and Others; these are the core values of the Barbados Defence Force and formed the bedrock of the Chief of Staff, Col Glyne Grannum’s address to the 53 Regular and Reserve recruits who passed out from training on Saturday 6 October 2018.

The Pass Out Parade and Sunset Ceremony was the climax of 21 weeks of arduous training for the recruits and marked their point of transition into the ranks of the Barbados Defence Force. The Parade was held at the St Ann’s Fort the Garrison Saturday 6 October 2018, to an appreciative audience of family and friends and receptive Command and Enlisted ranks.

Chief of Staff Colonel Glyne Grannum inspecting the Recruits.