President Donald Ramotar, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and Chairman of the Defence Board has approved the promotion of Colonel Mark Phillips to Brigadier.
He has identified the Brigadier as the Chief -of -Staff designate and Chairman of the Joint Services Coordination Council, to assume the command and control of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) on the retirement of Chief-of-Staff, Rear Admiral Gary Best on September 20, 2013.
President Ramotar has also approved the promotion of Colonel Julian B. Lovell to Brigadier.
The badging ceremony for Brigadiers Phillips and Lovell will be held at the Office of the President on Monday, August 26, 2013 at 15:00hrs.
In addition, the swearing in ceremony of the new Chief-of- Staff will take place at the Office of the President on Monday, September 16, 2013 at 10:30hrs.