In recognizing and rewarding the efforts of excellence in the workplace consistent with the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King’s strategic intent of talent management, the engineers of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s (RBDF) recently received tokens of appreciation for their services.
During award presentations at the Headquarters, John F. Kennedy Drive held over a three-day period, the men and women who ensure the machinery for seagoing crafts, vehicles, equipment, and RBDF bases are maintained and functioning, were presented with plaques, certificates, and gifts, among other awards, from Commodore King. Also, assisting with the presentations were Commander Deon Dames and on behalf of the Base Engineering Officer (BEO), Lieutenant Commander Gordon Roberts, were Deputy BEO Senior Lieutenant Nevada Bain, Lieutenant Shawn Evans and their team of Warrant Officers, and Senior Enlisted.
Some of the outstanding recipients include: Leading Mechanics Renaud Bain and Patrick Rodriquez (Most outstanding Service of the Year), Able Mechanic Kemron Delaney (Enduring Friendship Rider of the Year) Able Woman Marine Ashley Seymour (Outboard Mechanic of the Year), and Marine Mechanics Chad Miller (Mechanic of the Year), Brian Kemp (Most Improved Mechanic), Devard Saunders (Electrician of the Year), Dwayne Beneby Jr. (Mechanic of the Year), and Antonio Levarity (Radio Technician of the Year).
In congratulating the recipients, Commodore King thanked the Officers and Marines attached to the Engineering Department for their initiative to recognize and reward individuals for their valuable contributions over the past year. He also received a token of appreciation for his leadership to the Engineering Department, and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.
“Border protection is paramount for this organization, but we have to ensure the ships are working, and you, the engineers, play a vital role in achieving the organization’s goals towards this end”, said Commodore King. “Your personal success translates to the success of your department, which in turn makes the organization successful, and by extension, the country’s success. I applaud and thank all of you for your continued services, and know that you have my full support in your endeavors”.
The Engineering Department, which is responsible for the smooth running of the fleet’s machinery and the force’s vehicles, is comprised of core sub-departments, namely; Mechanical, Electrical, Radio, Hull, Aids to Navigation, Fleet Maintenance, Air Condition, Outboard and Transport Units. The men and women are technically equipped to carry out the mandate in ensuring that these machineries are maintained, operational, and kept to a high standard.
As the Royal Bahamas Defence Force continues to encompass duties that call for a career of sacrifice, the organization says ‘Bravo Zulu’ to all Officers and Marines who continue to guard the territorial integrity of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.