Yearwood moving with swagger

The clear crisp orders resounding across the St Ann’s Fort drill square of the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) matched Parade Commander Wendy Yearwood’s stride and stance as she led the troops in a display for the army’s change of command yesterday.   

Parade Commander Wendy Yearwood leading the troops.

Prime Minister and Minister of Defence and Security Freundel Stuart later lauded her performance as “exquisite”.

The troops of Barbados’ armed forces responded to the commands of this lady – whom Prince Harry last year reportedly described as “elegant” – with swagger and cadence as they performed for just under two hours, bidding farewell to retired Chief of Staff Colonel Alvin Quintyne and welcoming his successor Lt Colonel Glyne Grannum.

Parade commander Wendy Yearwood leads retiring Chief of Staff Colonel Alvin Quintyne in an inspection of the troops, followed by the new Chief of Staff Lt Colonel Glyne Grannum.

Later in the Officer’s Mess, Stuart said Commander Yearwood displayed, “exquisite command of the parade this evening”.

“That’s only a smaller scale repetition of what she did at Kensington Oval for the 50th anniversary of Independence parade,” he added.

“When Prince Harry spoke to me before he left Barbados, he was still puzzled at how she could be so elegant in the command of that parade that evening, and he assured me that parade occupies a very special place that he will forever treasure.”

The accolades that the British prince showered on Yearwood came from a firsthand view as he walked alongside the outstanding parade commander while reviewing the troops at the Golden Jubilee parade in Kensington Oval last November.

Major Yearwood was appointed Acting Commander in March of last year, and then moved on to be confirmed in the post.

Her face is now the one to which Barbadians will in time become accustomed in leading parades of those sworn to defend the land.

7 Responses to Yearwood moving with swagger

  1. Greengiant February 1, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Congratulations to Commander Major Yearwood. Always a very diligent, hard working soldier and most pleasant lady.

  2. Margaret Thomas February 2, 2017 at 5:49 am

    Very proud of Wendy Yearwood. She has worked long and hard in the BDF. Wishing her continued success.

  3. Idaelia Maynard February 2, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    I am bursting with pride and honour to march under the leadership of Major Wendy Yearwood. Congratulations madam very well deserved.

  4. Ann C-J February 2, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Wendy worked her way through the rank and file of the BDF. Her experience shows well. Congrats to her and I wish her every success in the future.

  5. jessica archer February 4, 2017 at 7:42 am

    congratulations Wendy Yearwood. Very proud of you,continued in your success

  6. Patricia Harvey February 4, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    That’s my girl. Always knew she could do it.

  7. Kevin Millard April 24, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Wendy is a figurehead who sets the most perfect example for all others to follow. What she has achieved is a direct result of being strong but gentle, robust but caring, forceful but understanding. Surely an obvious choice as a future Chief of Staff? Proud to have known her as a friend for many years.


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