The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) proudly hosted its Annual Thanksgiving Service at the Coral Harbour Base. The theme of the event, “In all things, we give thanks,” underscored the collective gratitude of RBDF members for the blessings received, both personally and in service to the nation.
During the solemn service, RBDF personnel gathered in fellowship to sing hymns, express gratitude, and partake in a traditional Thanksgiving meal, graciously stewarded by the Officer Corps.
Commodore King, in his precursor message, extended heartfelt gratitude to RBDF members for their selfless service and sacrifices. He commended their dedication to duty and commitment to safeguarding the nation’s heritage. Notably, as the RBDF focuses on decentralization, similar appreciation was extended to RBDF Northern Command and Southern Command.
Deputy Commander Defence Force, Captain Shonedel Pinder, visited deployed personnel at Matthew Town Inagua and Gunn Point Ragged Island. His remarks fostered unity and expressed gratitude, reinforcing the sense of purpose among the deployed personnel.
Captain Chapelle Whyms, while at Northern Command also conveyed remarks on behalf of the Commander Defence Force, expressing gratitude for the commitment of Northern Command to the success of the RBDF mission and commended their dedication, acknowledged the sacrifices made by those away from their families, and urged them to carry this zeal into the New Year.
In his address, Commodore King emphasized the government’s commitment to the success of the RBDF. He stated, “The government’s commitment to strengthening the RBDF begins with the personnel.” He highlighted ongoing recruitment exercises, with a proposed New Entry of 150 persons in January 2024, supported by a Reserve Recruitment Unit of 30 members. To retain valued personnel, the government has implemented measures such as improved allowances, expanded adqual benefits, and a comprehensive healthcare package, including dental and optical services.
Promotion and advancement exercises are currently underway, with anticipated completion prior
to Christmas. He also expressed anticipation for a Medals, Awards, and Commendation Ceremony scheduled for February 2024 to recognize and honor outstanding personnel.
Force Chaplain, Apostle Raymond Wells, delivered Thanksgiving thoughts during the service, delivering a heartwarming and motivational message. RBDF Thanksgiving Committee Chairman, Commander Reno Major, extended a vote of thanks, acknowledging the hard work and dedication of the committee in making the service a tremendous success.
Under the leadership of Commodore Raymond E. King, events such as this Annual Thanksgiving Service play a pivotal role in cultivating a High-Performance Workforce within the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. Commodore King’s commitment to Performance Excellence is evident in fostering an inclusive working environment that empowers our personnel. Through the meaningful involvement of service members, we collectively share the responsibility for accomplishing the Defence Force’s Mandate, ensuring a resilient and dedicated force that stands ready to uphold the values of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and safeguard the nation’s interests.