Following demonstration of battlefield engineering skills, 74 ranks of the Guyana Defence Force proved that they have adequately assimilated all that was taught on the Battlefield Engineers Course and Field Engineers Module which were administered by a team from the Royal Engineer Corps of the British Army and the Guyana Defence Force 4 Engineers Battalion. The course officially concluded yesterday Wednesday 13th June, 2018, at the Guyana Defence Force Full Bore Range, Timehri.
Officer Cadets currently undergoing training on the Standard Officers Course #50, were exposed to practical engineering training on the Field Engineers Module, to develop the required knowledge and skills necessary to perform basic combat engineering tasks, while the remaining ranks drawn from several units of the Force, completed the Battlefield Engineers’ Course, making them proficient in a wide range of engineering type skills.
Also present at the Closing Ceremony was the British High Commissioner to Guyana, Mr Greg Quinn, who after witnessing the various demonstrations, congratulated the ranks for what he called ‘an excellent display.’ He also used the opportunity to register his government’s commitment to supporting friendly nations, adding that the assistance in training was only one example of the outstretch of this cooperation. He said it was a pleasure for the members of the Royal Engineer Corps to conduct the training which essentially gives those who participated, the knowledge, experience and resources needed to teach a similar course to soldiers.
Inspector General Colonel Nazrul Hussain was equally impressed with the demonstration from the students. He expressed thanks to the British Government for the support they gave in executing the specialist type training for the ranks. He lauded the relationship which the two militaries have enjoyed over the years and urged the students to value the training they have received so that it adds value to the Guyana Defence Force.
Officer Cadet (OCDT) Edwin Varela received a prize for the Best Graduating Student of the Field Engineers’ Module while OCDT Mark Choc of the Belize Defence Force won the Runner Up prize. Lance Corporals Quincy Nicholson and Jose Harmon were deemed the Best Graduating and Runner Up students respectively, for the Battlefield Engineers’ Course. The members of the Royal Engineers Corps also recognised Major Charles Wickham, Sergeant Omoley Ayling, Lance Corporal Dameion Webster and Privates Shaun Persaud and Ethan Sparman, who were all given prizes for Merit. (GDF)