Just over 100 Officers and Marines from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force were recognized and honoured during a Commissioning ceremony on the Lower Grounds of Government House at Mt. Fitzwilliam on Friday. Among the honorees were thirteen Officers, who were presented with their Commissions by the Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Dame Marguerite Pindling. Eighty- nine additional Officers and Marines received Long Service and Good Conduct medals. (Photos by Marine Seaman Kyle Smith Below)
Defence Force members with 18 years of continuous service received Long Service and Good Conduct medals. Rosettes were presented to Officers and Marines, who served 25 years or 30 years. Defence Force veterans, who would have retired after they were due their awards, also received medals and rosettes.
Bringing remarks was the Minister of National Security, the Honorable Marvin Dames, who congratulated the recipients of the Officer Commissions and the Long Service and Good Conduct Medals. He also thanked them on behalf of the Governor General, for their "invaluable service" to the people of The Bahamas over the years.
Minister Dames commended Commodore Tellis Bethel, Commander Defence Force, his Executive Command, and Officers and Marines for their significant contribution to the growth and development of the Force and the country.