The atmosphere at the Barbados Defence Force’s (BDF) Garrison, St Michael headquarters was light and convivial last week, with military rigidity giving way to laughter and celebration.
The occasion was a medal ceremony at which the work of the servicemen and servicewomen in areas such as humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and building rehabilitation was acknowledged.
Prime Minister Mia Mottley joined BDF Chief of Staff, Colonel Glyne Grannum, Minister of Foreign Affairs Senator Dr Jerome Walcott and Minister of Health Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic in the presentation of scores of medals.
Retired officer Major Patrick Skeete received the Meritorious Service Medal for 40 years of service to youth and Cadet Corps in Barbados and the Caribbean region.
Expressing appreciation “on behalf of a grateful nation”, the Prime Minister said: “My simple task this afternoon is to thank each and every one of you.” (GC)