In keeping with the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King’s strategic intent of developing a professional and high-performance workforce focused on talent management in the pursuit of excellence, Marines from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s Medical Facility were recognized for their performances in 2020.
A brief presentation was held on February 17, 2021, at the Defence Headquarters, John F. Kennedy Drive, where Marines were presented with plaques and certificates by Commodore King. Also in attendance was the force’s Medical Doctor, Lieutenant Commander Doctor Derwin Johnson, along with the Medical Facility’s Warrant Officer Raymond Sands and Senior Enlisted staff.
For his exemplary performance in the areas of acumen, bearing, character, discipline, and proficiency in the workplace, Able Seaman Justin Sturrup was awarded the Marine of the Year award for 2020 for the force’s Medical Facility. A new award called the Stethoscope award was established to recognize individuals in the medical profession who exude integrity, enthusiasm, tenacity, congeniality, and goes above the call of duty. Woman Marine Shondell Major was the recipient of the Stethoscope Award, with Marine Seaman Shekino Capron receiving the runner-up to that award.
Commodore King applauded the tremendous response from Lieutenant Commander Johnson and his team on their efforts in maintaining a fit operational Force and guiding the organization through the global pandemic. The expertise given along with timely dissemination of information throughout the wider Defence Force has led to the overall success of achieving the mandate of border protection and safeguarding our borders for future generations.
The medical team has been instrumental in ensuring that proper protocols are in place for all RBDF vessels and personnel and ensuring the safety and security of personnel during the Coronavirus pandemic. Commodore King thanked Doctor Johnson and his team inclusive of a cadre of registered nurses, Emergency Medical Technicians, and staff for their individual successes which lead to the departmental success and the overall success of the organization, and awarded them with a small token of appreciation.
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to the pursuit of excellence as the Officers and Marines continue to Guard our Heritage.