Coral Harbour Base, 27 MAY ‘19 (RBDF): The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Rangers programme received a major boost on Saturday past as 230 young people were inducted into the Rangers program.
The Passing out Ceremony for the nation builders took place at the Defence Force’s Coral Harbour Base on May 25th ,where scores of Defence Force Rangers Cadets, both male and female accepted the challenge to raise the standard of excellence in discipline, dedication and determination.
With the programme having expanded its reach with government and non-governmental organizations, these promising youths are being exposed to a diversity of learning opportunities.
These agencies include, but are not limited to Junior Achievement, Bahamas National Trust, Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Bahamas Red Cross Society and The Bahamas Salsa Movement. Last year, the RBDF Rangers also received the coveted Ministry of Youth Award for the National Youth Organization of the Year.
Bringing remarks for the occasion was Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Ms. Lisa Adderley, who listed numerous opportunities available for the young Rangers.
“This summer, Rangers will participate in bread and pastry making course, introduction to photojournalism, introduction to foreign languages, inclusive of Creole, Spanish and Mandarin, a band camp and leadership training which will be facilitated on the island of Andros,” said Ms. Adderley.” A total of thirty-five (35) Rangers from New Providence and the family Islands will be travelling to Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio for a 10 day skills training camp in the area of renewable energy, welding, heavy equipment maintenance, small engine repairs, dental hygiene, medical Assistant, sound engineering and Website and Graphic Design.”
There was a drill display by the Rangers Drill team, Rangers Flagettes and a physical fitness segment by the RBDF Rangers. The Rangers Band provided entertainment and music for the ocassion. The ceremony culminated with presentation of awards and certificates for academic achievement and leadership recognition to the students.
Receiving the Ministry of National Security Award for Exemplary Character and Leadership was Jedidiah Cox from the C.R. Walker Senior High School, and the Rangers Director Award was presented to Fernando Duncan of the A.F. Adderley Junior High School. Rangers Cadets Chernique Anderson, Sia Wright, Kenrick McPhee Patience Rolle and Roosevelt Rodgers were recepients of the Commander Defence Force Academic Achievement Award for attaining a GPA of 3.50 and above.
Photo 1 shows: Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of National Security, Ms. Lisa Adderley inspecting the Rangers Guard during the Passing Out Parade Ceremony at the Defence Force’s Coral Harbour Base on May 25th. Also shown are Commander Defence Force Commodore Tellis Bethel and Command Force Chief Oral Wood.
Photo 2 shows: RBDF Rangers Platoon during their Passing Out Parade Ceremony at the Defence Force’s Coral Harbour Base on May 25th.
Photo 3 shows: RBDF Rangers Platoon marching on during their Passing Out Parade Ceremony at the Defence Force’s Coral Harbour Base on May 25th.
Photo 4 shows: Commander Defence Force Commodore Tellis Bethel, Rangers Director Lieutenant Delvonne Duncombe and Rangers Parents-in-Action officers during the Passing Out Parade Ceremony at the Defence Force’s Coral Harbour Base.
Photo 5 shows: The RBDF Flagettes performing during the Passing Out Parade Ceremony at the Defence Force’s Coral Harbour Base.
Photo 6 shows: the Rangers Physical Fitness team performing a physical routine demonstration at the Defence Force’s Coral Harbour Base.
Photo 7 shows: Parents and supporters during the Passing Out Parade Ceremony at the Defence Force’s Coral Harbour Base.
(RBDF Photos by Marine Seamen Andelo Forbes and Michael Turner II)
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