Defence Headquarters, 11 Aug. ‘23 (RBDF): Raymond Wells, Force Chaplain, in collaboration with the team from The Frontline Chaplaincy Inc, has unveiled a visionary program designed to bolster the support structure within the Defence Force. This groundbreaking initiative that entails comprehensive training for a diverse group of representatives from the RBDF, equipping them to serve as Chaplain Substitutes and offer crucial aid in Chaplaincy duties.

In his welcome address, Captain Coral Harbour, Captain Glenn McPhee Coral placed heavy emphasis on the dedication, hard work, and selfless sacrifices of Defence Force personnel on behalf of the nation. He particularly highlighted the challenges they face, including the aftermath of failed marriages, family crises, grief, distress, substance abuse, financial hardships, and mental or physiological concerns.

Recognizing the pivotal role that Chaplains play in the well-being of armed forces, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force is unwavering in its commitment to foster a more comprehensive and responsive support system. Training capable individuals from various departments to act as Chaplains serves as a force multiplier. As the organization shifts its focus towards decentralized operations, this strategy ensures that the spiritual, emotional, and psychological needs of personnel are addressed, even in the absence of a dedicated Chaplain.

This strategic initiative underscores our resolute dedication to the welfare of our members. It emphasizes inclusivity and collaborative efforts across departments, nurturing an environment where every member contributes to the well-being of their colleagues. By empowering these representatives, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force underscores its commitment to a holistic approach in maintaining the morale and resilience of its personnel.

The RBDF under the leadership of Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond E. King, is dedicated to the transformation of Defence Force personnel’s quality and capabilities. This commitment is rooted in the pursuit of excellence in leadership, which is demonstrated through professionalism. We strive to cultivate a High-Performance Workforce focused on Performance Excellence, fostering an inclusive working environment that empowers our personnel. Through meaningful involvement of service members, we share the responsibility for accomplishing the Defence Force’s Mandate.

RBDF Photos by Able Woman Marine Raquel Miller

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