Scores of Defence Force Rangers Cadets, both male and female accepted the challenge to raise the standard of excellence in discipline, dedication and determination. They were successful in being officially inducted into the Rangers program.
The installation ceremony for the nation builders took place at the Defence Force’s Coral Harbour Base, where 180 students graduated. The first of several installations over the past weeks, Passing out Parades were also held on several Family Islands.
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 Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Mr. Eugene Poitier, who encouraged the young Rangers to remain motivated as they performed their duties.
“Your outstanding achievements personify the Rangers motto of ‘Discipline, Dedication and Determination”, said Mr. Poitier. “Nine months ago, you embraced the challenge to engage in a positive, uplifting, wholesome youth development program that has made you a better person”.
There was a drill display by the Rangers Drill team and a physical fitness segment by the RBDF Rangers. 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 Devon Rigby from Jubilee Christian School, and the Commander Defence Force Academic Achievement Award for the highest Grade Point Average was awarded to Anameka Johnson of Akhepran International Academy who attained a 3.75 overall average.
Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel commended Rangers Director Delvonne Duncombe, his senior supervisors Chief Petty Officer Ian Morley and Pedro Bain, and the team of instructors for their outstanding leadership role in the Rangers Program.