Bronze Medal for BDF

Bronze Medal for BDF

Bronze Medal for BDF

BDF Media Release| 30 Oct 19

Photography credit: Corporal Maynard D 

The Barbados Defence Force (BDF) hosted a Press Conference in recognition of its successes at the 7th International Military Sports Council (CISM) Games held this year in Wuhan China. During the Games, Private Kimberley Gittens won a bronze medal in the first ever installation of Boxing into the Games. Her BDF colleague, Recruit Sade Sealy, while performing out of her track and field season, placed fourth in the Women’s 800 Metre final.

The BDF’s participation and successes at the CISM Games are as a result of the contributions from its many stakeholders, including the Prime Minister’s Office, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and various sporting associations. Unquestionably, the discipline, desire and determination of the athletes themselves to put “Barbados on the map” is most praiseworthy and encouraging.

As a modernizing, multi-dimensional military organization, the BDF has gained some experience as a conduit for producing world-class athletes throughout its history. The BDF will nevertheless strive to make even greater contributions to the sporting landscape of Barbados.

Founded in 1948, CISM is one of the largest multidisciplinary organizations in the world. CISM organises various sporting events for the Armed Forces of its 136 member countries and is one of the global sports organizations in which the largest number of disciplines is represented. Servicepersons from across the globe, who may have previously met on the battlefield, now meet in friendship through sports (CISM’s motto).

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Sea Cadets Join ISCA

Sea Cadets Join ISCA

Sea Cadets Join ISCA

BDF Media Release| 25 Oct 19

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The Barbados Cadet Corps (BCC) Sea Cadet Corps application to the International Sea Cadet Association (ISCA) was unanimously accepted this month in Sweden following its presentation by Cadet Executive Officer Major Pedro Drakes and the Training Officer of the Sea Cadets Sub-Lieutenant Wayne Beckles. The BCC Sea Cadet Unit joins 20 other countries around the world as a member of the association.

The International Sea Cadet Association (ISCA) is a voluntary association of independent Sea Cadet Corps or similar organizations who are committed to common concepts and goals, information training and benefits of engaging in cadet exchanges. This provides mutual support for the promotion of sea cadet training world-wide.
The ISCA aims at encouraging young people towards high personal standards, teamwork and a sense of responsibility to the community through the medium of disciplined nautical training and development of leadership qualities. Additionally, it further aims at developing young minds to have an appreciation of the importance of the sea to international commerce, defence and the protection of the environment.

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Grenada Day 36th Anniversary

Grenada Day 36th Anniversary

Grenada Day 36th Anniversary

BDF Media Release| 25 Oct 19

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The Barbados Defence Force (BDF) recognizes the 36th Anniversary of Operation Urgent (OUF) Fury. The BDF was a member of the multinational intervention operation initiated from Barbados, to restore democracy in Grenada on the 25th of October 1983.

The 1983 OUF personnel, since awarded the Regional Security System medal, were amongst the first set of troops to land at the Point Salines Airport (now the Maurice Bishop International Airport) to aid in the security efforts

BDF Field Medical Facility Type 1 Verified

BDF Field Medical Facility Type 1 Verified

BDF Field Medical Facility Type 1 Verified

BDF Media Release| 26 Sept 19

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The Barbados Defence Force Field Medical Facility (BDF FMF) has attained Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Type 1 certification from the World Health Organization (WHO) verification team.

The  verification and assessment visit was conducted over the period 25 – 26 September 2019. The BDF FMF components were assessed based on the EMT Medical Team Global Standards and included reviews of its administration, personnel, logistical and medical requirements needed to be self-sufficient for deployments up to two weeks.

Given the BDF’s experience responding to sudden onset disasters, conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations locally and regionally and, the necessity for medical services surge capacity due to the evolving complexity of the contemporary operations environment, the project to develop the FMF was conceptualized in late 2017. 

To this end, after engagement with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and in consultation with Lieutenant Colonel (Ret’ d) Florence Gittens, the project to establish a Field Medical Facility that would meet the World Health Organization Emergency Medical Team standards. The development of the Field Medical Facility serves to strengthen Barbados’ disaster response mechanism, specifically in the area of the provision of health services and also strengthens the regional response mechanism activated through the RSS. 

The BDF intends to develop a Type 2 EMT which would see the inclusion of an operating theater, X-ray and lab facilities, and in-patient wards.  This Type 2 facility would be operational on a 24-hour basis.

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Happy 100th Birthday Sir! WO2 Elder Bishop

Happy 100th Birthday Sir! WO2 Elder Bishop

Happy 100th Birthday Sir! WO2 Elder Bishop

BDF Media Release| 5 Sept 19

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 It was a special privilege for the whole Barbados Defence Force and the Warrant Officers’ & Sergeants’ Mess in particular, as they had the very rare privilege to host the 100th Birthday Ceremony in honour of 7920003 Warrant Officer Class Two (WO2) (retired) Elder Bishop.

The event was held under the patronage of The Governor-General of Barbados, Her Excellency, Dame Sandra Mason, GCMG, D.A, Q.C. The Chief of Staff (COS), Colonel Glyne Grannum, Warrant Officer Bishop’s relatives, several ex-servicepersons, many friends and members of the Mess were also in attendance.

Warrant Officer Bishop enlisted in the Barbados Volunteer Force (BVF) in 1937. He transitioned into the South Caribbean Force (The Caribbean Regiment) during the period 1941 to 1946 and subsequently went on to join the Barbados Regiment in 1952. On the formation of the BDF in 1979 Warrant Officer Bishop continued his military service to Barbados and retired in 1991.  Among the many highlights of his career were his function as a Company Sergeant Major (CSM), as a Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant (RQMS) and in the training, mentorship and development of many of the BDF’s leaders, past and present. He also played a role in the expansion of the Barbados Cadet Corps in the early 1980s. The Barbados Defence Force continues to benefit from his fine example, his loyalty and dedication.

Warrant Officer Bishop is fondly remembered for his attention to detail, strong sense of military discipline, camaraderie and vast knowledge of military subjects. Happy 100th Birthday Sir!

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Barbados Defence Force Medal Ceremony

Barbados Defence Force Medal Ceremony

Barbados Defence Force Medal Ceremony

BDF Media Release| 16 July 19

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The Barbados Defence Force awarded servicepersons in a Medal Ceremony for their contributions to Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR), Building Rehabilitation and to the CARICOM Disaster Response Unit.  Prime Minister, the Honourable Mia Mottley, Members of the Defence Board and the Deputy Executive Director of the Regional Security System presented the medals. HA/DR operations encompass a wide variety of tasks including security and relief supplies distribution needed in the immediate aftermath of a catastrophic event.

The Prime Minister in her feature address, reaffirmed the importance of the Barbados Defence Force in protecting Barbados’ values and interests; youth development through the Barbados Cadet Corps and Sports Programme and the support to our Regional brothers and sisters during perilous times. She further emphasized that the contributions made yearly and especially during the period of the Atlantic Weather Systems, the efforts made by the men and women of the BDF cannot be underscored or taken lightly.

It is through the recognition of these efforts that the Prime Minister encouraged and endorsed the strengthening of the Barbados Cadet Corps Sea Cadet Programme by 1,000 members.

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Prime Minister Mottley congratulated the members of the Force who received the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM), General Service Medal (GSM) and the Regional Security System Medal (RSSM). The MSM was presented to Major Patrick Skeete for his contribution to youth development in Barbados and the Caribbean.

Seventy-eight (78) members of the BDF who participated in HA/DR relief operations under the auspices of the Regional Security System in the Commonwealth of Dominica, Operation SISSEROU in 2015. Included in the recipients of the GSM was Mrs Doreen Louis–Prescott, mother of the late Private Daniel Louis who died in a vehicle accident in December 2016. Fifteen servicepersons who participated in CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit operations in the British Virgin Islands in 2017 received the GSM or clasps.

The RSSM was presented to 232 servicepersons who participated in HA/DR operations in the Commonwealth of Dominica, Operation SUPPETIOR in 2017 and to members who participated in RSS disaster response housing rehabilitation operations in Barbuda in 2018.

In the military, the awarding of medals and commendations enjoy a richly symbolic purpose of duly recognizing its servicepersons. It is deeply rooted in the finest traditions of the profession-of-arms whereby ceremonies such as this salute the qualities of sacrifice, determination and courage.

 

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