New BDF Chief plans to run a united professional force
He stated his intention to sustain the work of those who have gone before and those currently serving, encouraging to not only reach but to surpass the standards of the forefathers of the BDF.
He made the promise this week on the occasion of the BDF’s Change of Command Ceremony where Chief of Staff Colonel Alvin Quintyne and his Deputy Commander Errington Shurland turned over control of the country’s army to Colonel Glyne Grannum and Commander Aquinas Clarke.
Addressing those in attendance, among them Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite and Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson, Colonel Grannum vowed that as he assumes office to provide the quality leadership which the organisation and Barbados deserves.
“I will work to achieve success in every good endeavour, so that the BDF’s many and varied missions are accomplished efficiently and that every member of the Force might find satisfaction in the important work they do on behalf of their nation,” he affirmed.
The Force, he says, has for long pursued a mighty undertaking and it is now his duty and privilege as the fourth Chief of Staff to recommit the organisation to pressing upwards and onwards, to achieve the truest fame for both the organisation and Barbados.
He praised his predecessor Alvin Quintyne for the quality of leadership and foresight he brought to the force as Chief of Staff noting there are really no words to adequately describe his contribution.
The new army head has pledged to keep the flame burning brightly ever knowing that challenges will confront him and that in defence of Barbados’ values and interests, “many foes we shall meet.”