Medals,warrants climax BDF jubilee

The Barbados Defence Force concluded celebrations in observance of its 36th anniversary with a parade and awards ceremony at its Paragon, Christ Church base on Saturday.

Troops of the Barbados Defence Force on display.
Troops of the Barbados Defence Force on display.

Troops paraded and performed a march-past for and salute to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, who then awarded Services Medals Of Honour and warrants of appointment to officers, before joining them for refreshments.

The 11 officers receiving Services Medals Of Honour were Captain Sandra Blackman, Captain Ryan Smith, Sergeant Karen Carvalho, Sergeant Stephen Cox, Sergeant Alwin Cumberbatch, Sergeant Anthony Higgins, Corporal David Alleyne, Corporal Maurice Harvey, Corporal David Wiltshire, Lance Corporal Sharon Gill and Lance Corporal Corainne Springer.

Those receiving warrants were officers Winfield Cadogan, Wayne Griffith, Bertnul Harrison, Dennis Holder, Austin Howell, Adrian Lopez and Leroy Stuart.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart hands over scroll of warrant to Warrant Officer Adrian Lopez.
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart hands over scroll of warrant to Warrant Officer Adrian Lopez.

The BDF had begun its anniversary activities on Sunday, August 9, with a service St St Matthias Church, followed by a commissioning ceremony for seven second lieutenants at the St Ann’s Fort headquarters.

Prime Minister Tom Adams established the Barbados Defence Force on August 15, 1979.
(GA)

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