SUPPORTING OUR ELDERLY

SUPPORTING OUR ELDERLY

SUPPORTING OUR ELDERLY

 

BDF Media Release| 01 NOV 18
Photography credit:  Lcpl Bellamy C

The stellar artisanship and dedication of the members of the Barbados Defence Force were recognized at the official ceremony for the Geriatric Services National Appeal Day, on the grounds of  St. Michael District Hospital, under the theme: Caring For Those Who Cared For Us: Returning the Favour.

In his featured remarks, Lieutenant Colonel The Honourable Jeffrey Bostic, MVO, BA, Minister of Health and Wellness applauded the work of the BDF personnel and thanked Colonel Glyne Grannum, the Chief of Staff, for his prompt response to the call to assist.

Under the direction and supervision of Building Rehabilitation Projects Manager, Major Lubin Maxwell, the team successfully executed the renovation of the Hospital. This involved repairs to the roofing structure, ceiling replacement, refurbishment of the bathrooms, electrical upgrades, and window installation and correction.

Maj Lubin Maxwell explaining the bathroom facilities renovations to Minister of Health and Wellness The Hon Jeffrey Bostic.

EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE

EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE

EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE

 

BDF Media Release| 01 NOV 18
Photography credit:  AB Bryan T, Lcpl Bellamy C

The Barbados Defence Force honoured exemplary service persons on Friday 2 November 2018 at a Medals Ceremony which was held in Lingwood Hall, St Ann’s Fort, Garrison St Michael. Acting Prime Minister, The Honourable George Payne Q.C., M.P., and the Attorney General, Minister of Legal Affairs and a member of the Barbados Defence Board, the Honourable Dale Marshall Q.C., M.P., attended and presented the Medals.

While delivering the feature remarks, the Honourable Dale Marshall, emphasized that the servicepersons honoured, joined those elite members of the military the world over, who, through their actions and service, were deserving of recognition and thanks. He added, that the Barbadian public had seen and benefitted from the contributions of the Barbados Defence Force over its 39 years, in safeguarding Barbados’ interests from perils imposed by various threats and crises.

The Meritorious Service Medal was awarded to Lieutenant Commander John Mapp while others received that General Service Medal for their contributions during the 2005 prison uprising. Other members of the Force received the Services Medal of Honour, the Efficiency Decoration, the Efficiency Medal (EM) and various Clasps.

Lt Cdr John Mapp receiving his  Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) from Acting Prime Minister The Honourable George Payne

BDF COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE EAGLE HALL PRIMARY SCHOOL

BDF COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE EAGLE HALL PRIMARY SCHOOL

BDF COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE

EAGLE HALL PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

BDF Media Release / 30 SEPT 18
Photography credit:  Lcpl Bellamy C

The Barbados Defence Force Community Outreach Programme recently assisted the Eagle Hall Primary School in its learning and beautification project.

Personnel from the Barbados Regiment (BR) painted and organized classroom and general area spaces and were proud to make a tangible contribution to the student body.

Military Assistance to the Civil Community (MACC) are traditional and significant undertakings of military forces worldwide where they help bond individual servicepersons and units with the populations and nation states they enjoy the privilege of serving.

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.