Bdf Appoints New Force Sergeant Major

Bdf Appoints New Force Sergeant Major

Bdf Appoints New Force Sergeant Major

BDF Media Release| 1 Apr 19

Photography credit: Lieutenant S Gollop

Master Chief Petty Officer Class One (MCPO1) Austin Howell has been appointed Force Sergeant Major (FSM) effective 1 April 2019. As a 30-year veteran of the BDF, MCPO1 Howell was appointed following the Commissioning of the former FSM Warrant Officer Class 1 Samuel Boyce in the rank of Captain.

As the most senior enlisted rank, the FSM acts as an advisor to the Chief of Staff, the senior command element, with specific responsibilities for junior enlisted leadership, discipline, ceremonial and parade matters among many other responsibilities.

Congratulations FSM!

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Introduction to Computer Applications Course For Berean Bible Church Closing Ceremony

Introduction to Computer Applications Course For Berean Bible Church Closing Ceremony

Computer Applications Course For Berean Bible Church Closing Ceremony

BDF Media Release| 30 Mar 19

Photography credit: Corporal Maynard D

The Barbados Defence Force’s Communications and Information Systems Platoon (CISP) held a Closing Ceremony for the Introduction to Computer Applications Course facilitated for the Berean Bible Church.  There were 19 participants.

The Ceremony marked the culmination of 8 weeks of formal training in:

PC Basics
Windows 7 & 10 Operating Systems
Internet Browsing and Internet Explorer 
Microsoft Word 2010

Captain Gale Morgan, Staff Officer Information Management Systems in her overview of the Course highlighted that the participants received tutorials in the basic knowledge and skills of information technology. She further indicated that the Course provided a unique synergy for BDF’s military assistance to the civil community (MACC) efforts which carried the added benefit of development of the BDF’s instructors and senior church members.

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Their Royal Highnesses Visit & Presentations

Their Royal Highnesses Visit & Presentations

Their Royal Highnesses Visit & Presentations

BDF Media Release| 24 Mar 19

Photography credit: BDF Media

As part of Their Royal Highnesses, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall,  10 day visit to the Commonwealth Caribbean islands and in recognition of the Barbados Defence Force’s 40th Anniversary of establishment, a Parade was held 19 March 2019 in National Hereos’ Square. 

During the Parade, His Royal Highness officially presented the Barbados Coast Guard Colour and Barbados Cadet Corps Banner. The Colour and Banner presented to these units of the BDF, join Queen’s Colour and the Regimental Colour presented to the Barbados Regiment in February 1981.

HRH also visited the Barbados Defence Force’s Field Medical Facility, where he viewed the equipment and interacted with the FMF’s personnel.

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BDF Argentine Tango at The Fort: A Cultural Exchange

BDF Argentine Tango at The Fort: A Cultural Exchange

BDF Argentine Tango at The Fort

BDF Media Release| 9 Mar 19

Photography credit: BDF Media

Headquarters Barbados Defence Force (HQ BDF) in recognition of its 40th Anniversary and 50 years of friendship between Argentina and Barbados, hosted “Argentina meets Barbados: Tango at the Fort” on Saturday 9th March at St Ann’s Fort, Garrison, St Michael. 
Patrons were treated to Tango workshops for beginners to advanced dancers and a variety of artistic expressions from both countries such as music, paintings, sculpture, film, weaponry and the best of Argentine wines with Barbadian cuisine.

The cultural highlight of the evening featured the live performance of the Barbados Defence Force Band and local songstress Nakita, playing the sensual rhythms of the Argentine Tango to create a unique and sophisticated ambience for dancing and cultural exchange.

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BDF Constructs Structures to House Generators For The Barbados Water Authority

BDF Constructs Structures to House Generators For The Barbados Water Authority

BDF Constructs Structures For The Barbados Water Authority

BDF Media Release| 25 Mar 19

Photography credit: BDF Media Source

The Barbados Defence Force’s (BDF) Engineering Troop has is providing assistance to the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) with the construction of reinforced concrete structures to secure electrical generators at eleven (11) pumping stations across the island.  The first three (3) generators are to be installed at Alleynedale, St Lucy and at Newmarket and Sweet Bottom in St. George.  The effort is yet another civil-military (CIMIC) project undertaken in assistance to Civil Ministries (MACM) to ensure resilience and readiness prior to the start of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season. These generators will ensure continuous electrical supply to the major pumping stations should there be power outages during the passage of severe weather systems.

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Commanding Officer of the Barbados Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Lovell during his site visit to the project locations noted that there is great potential for the BDF’s engineers to expand with a view to developing a more robust and effective national capability with a specific focus on disaster mitigation, response and even the maintenance of national infrastructure.  While the BDF’s Engineering subunit is very small numerically, like other elements of the BDF it “often punches above its weight class.” Throughout the Force’s history, the building engineers have been immensely effective due in large part to the military culture of discipline, determination and commitment. The benefits of investment in an expanded and better equipped engineering subunit would be of tremendous value to Barbados and in an expeditionary way within the RSS. There are also significant opportunities for youth development.

In addition to their primary responsibility for the maintenance of the physical infrastructure of the BDF, the subunit has contributed to national and regional rehabilitation in the aftermath of a disasters in Grenada (2004 after the passage of Hurricane Ivan), Dominica (Storm Erica in 2015 and Hurricane Maria in 2017), and recently with repairs at the Geriatric Hospital in Bay Street (2018).

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BDF Sargassum Seaweed Programme

BDF Sargassum Seaweed Programme

BDF Sargassum Seaweed Programme

Lieutenant Shímar Gollop | 19 JUN 2018
Photography Credit: Lieutenant Shímar Gollop

The Barbados Defence Force continues its partnered efforts in clearing the Sargassum seaweed plagued beaches of the island’s East and South Coasts.

On 7 June 2018, Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley declared the situation a national emergency and stressed the need to move the situation from one of crisis intervention to one which seized economic opportunities as soon as possible.

To date the Barbados Defence Force has coordinated national efforts and participated in the clearing tasks with several interagency partners including the Barbados Sea Turtle Project. Captain Ashton Caddle, the BDF’s liaison officer for the effort, has indicated that continuous action is required on several beaches including Bath, River Bay, Dover, Miami Beach, Turtle Beach, Welches, Rockley and Silver Sands.

Sargassum Seaweed, Christ Church – Miami Beach

Sargassum Seaweed, St Philip – Culpepper Island