Soldiers get new facilities


Junior Non-Commissioned Officers serving at Base Camp Ayanganna have received their anniversary gift of a spanking new Junior Ranks’ Mess Hall and Club.

Meanwhile, at Base Camp Stephenson, the soldiers of 1 Infantry Battalion will enjoy the comfort of a new and modern barrack accommodation, complete with steel cupboards and other contemporary amenities.

Both buildings, which were completed recently, were officially dedicated and handed over for use by soldiers as part of activities to commemorate the 55th Anniversary of the Guyana Defence Force.

The mess hall facility will cater to the messing and recreational needs of Privates, Lance Corporals and Corporals.

Chief of Staff (ag) Brigadier Godfrey Bess and other members of the Force’s leadership was on hand for the handing over ceremonies for both facilities. In brief remarks, he underscored the importance of soldiers taking care of them since both represented improved comfort for them.

He added that the Force’s leadership remains committed to ensuring that soldiers receive the best as this too is expected from them as they carry out their daily duties. Brigadier Bess also acknowledged the role of the Force’s Engineering Corps which was instrumental in providing supervision in the execution of both projects.

The accommodation building is two-storied and will house between 110 and 125 soldiers on each floor.

Plans for the rebuilding and where necessary, restoration for accommodation for ranks of other bases are in the pipeline.