Parade scrapped

BDF Chief of Staff Alvin Quintyne 

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,

 Deputy Chief of Staff of the BDF (CG) Commander Errington Shurland is honoured for giving 30 year of service to the Military Unit during yesterday's ceremony.
Deputy Chief of Staff of the BDF (CG) Commander Errington Shurland is honoured for giving 30 year of service to the Military Unit during yesterday’s ceremony.

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.



8 Responses to Parade scrapped

  1. Prince Nick
    Prince Nick August 16, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    u need money for a parade ??

    • Matthew Clarke
      Matthew Clarke August 16, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      so you thought it used to happen free?

    • Pearl Davy
      Pearl Davy August 17, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      But the government is spending $200 million on restoring Sam Lords Castle. What is wrong with the picture here? Do they do anything to help the poorer people?

  2. Heather Dottin-Bancroft
    Heather Dottin-Bancroft August 16, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    That’s too bad, but a lot more things( not necessarily from the Defence force) will have to be scrapped

  3. Prince Nick
    Prince Nick August 16, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Lol I did

  4. Nikita Davidson
    Nikita Davidson August 16, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Wow seriously .

  5. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce August 17, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Good. Use the money to pay salaries outstanding to workers.

  6. Carson C. Cadogan August 19, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    In my humble opinion, the whole Barbados Defence Force ought to be scrapped.

    After all these years I am still trying to find out what purpose it is serving.

    Let us return to the Barbados Regiment. Cheaper.


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