In keeping with the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King’s strategic intent of developing a professional and high-performance workforce focused on excellence and succession planning, Leading Woman Marine Arlene Mackey was recognized as the Marine of the year for the Headquarters Department on December 11, 2020.
During a luncheon reception at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s Headquarters, John F. Kennedy Drive, the 16-year-veteran was presented with a plaque, among other awards, from Commodore King. Also, in attendance were the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security and the first five Bahamian Commanders Defence Force. Also receiving awards were Able Woman Marine Tara Coleby and Woman Marine Terrell Johnson, who were overall winners in their respective rates.
Leading Woman Mackey, a member of the Accounts section, was chosen from a pool of Marines assigned to the Headquarters Unit, for outstanding and dedicated services throughout the year. She was both humbled and surprised with the award, and thanked her comrades for helping her with this achievement in her career.
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.