The new Chief of Staff of the Barbados Defence Force has vowed to lead a “united and professional force” that will function in the country’s best interest.
Colonel Glyne Grannum, who has been in the army for over 30 years, gave the commitment as he addressed last night’s the Changing of Command Parade at the BDF’s St. Anns Fort headquarters.
He said, “I wish to take this opportunity to say how tremendously honoured I am to see the confidence and trust which has been reposed in me from the Governor General, the Prime Minister and the government of Barbados to lead this illustrious institution.”
Colonel Grannum also credited his predecessor- Colonel Alvin Quintyne for helping him to be the solider he is today.
In his farewell speech, Colonel Quintyne called on the soldiers to remain professional and to strive to uphold the standards set by the force’s founders. “Our force today and of the future requires not only funds from the treasury so that its operations can be sustained in essence, more material than money. Without men and women who are prepared to render selfless service consistently and to be excellent models of quality, integrity and commitment to duty discipline, courage and respect, it will be all for naught.”
Colonel Quintyne, was also presented with the Governor General’s Gold Medal of Honour.
The BDF also has a new Deputy Chief of Staff as Commander Aquinas Clarke replaces Commander Errington Shurland.