The Barbados Defence Force has been forced to scrap its traditional anniversary parade this year due to financial constraints.
Chief of the Staff Colonel Alvin Quintyne made the disclosure last evening, during a ceremony where 57 military personnel and two civilians were awarded for over 30 years of service to the BDF, which is now 35 years old.
“It is unfortunate that we could not execute the parade as in the past due to the financial challenges that have forced us to reprioritize the allocations and applications of the reduced budget for this financial year. Although the celebrations of our anniversary is most relevant and important, the expenditure relative to the staging of the traditional anniversary parade and post-parade entertainment simply cannot be afforded this year,” he said.
“Notwithstanding the financial challenge, I maintained that it was necessary for us to assemble,
even on a significantly reduced scale, not only to recognize yet another milestone along the journey of our Force, but more importantly to give recognition to personnel for their efforts.
“It is also an opportunity to give thanks for the past achievements and recommit ourselves to the future development of the force,” the chief of staff stated.
In addition to those awarded for their years to service to the institution, there were eight confirmations of position and 44 promotions to various ranks within the BDF and the Barbados Coast Guard.