The Royal Montserrat Defence Force is ready for any task, says Major Alvin Ryan.
Speaking at the closing of the annual training camp, Ryan told the gathering that he will shortly be reporting to Her Excellency the Governor Elizabeth Carriere on the state of readiness of the RMDF.
Ryan says the annual camp, which was held over ten days from August 20 – 31, goes a long way towards preparing for and testing the force’s readiness to respond to its roles.
“Over the last year, we have invested in First Aid and trade training for members. During this camp we have focused on basic military and leadership skills. This is meant to set the foundation for the restructuring of the Force in accordance with Cabinet’s mandate for us. This mandate calls for the Force to be reformed into two platoons, one focusing on internal security and the other focusing on civil assistance taskings. The roles are very complementary as our deployment to Dominica last year proved,” the commander said.
“From June to now and especially during this camp our training was focused on the RMDF’s three core functions which are:
i. To provide assistance to the civil powers in time of emergency
ii. To provide support to other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to national security
iii. To leading on assigned ceremonial events.
During the closing programme, the force gave awards and promotions to cadets and other personnel.
List of Awards and Promotions from the Montserrat Cadet Corps Camp 9th – 17th July 2016
- Cadet Camp Awards
o Best Shot – LCpl Kencil Robinson
o Best at Drill – Cdt Shamal Peters
o Most Outstanding Cadet – Cdt Rajay Jackson
o Most Outstanding Junior Fire Brigader – Jhwanii Ryan
o Most Outstanding Camper– Cdt Rajay Jackson
o Most Outstanding NCO – Cpl Wejahana Weekes
o Best Section – Section 2
o Lance Corporal
- Pte Trevorne Ponde
- Pte Dawyte Davis
- Pte Elvis Aymer
- LCpl Anderson Alerte
- Cpl Wejahna Weekes
List of Awards and Promotions from the Royal Montserrat Defence Force Camp 20th – 31th August 2016
- RMDF Camp Awards
o Best Shot (SLR) – Pte Junior Wilburgh
o Best Shot (Pistol) – Pte Essalene Martin
o Most Improved Soldier – Pte Appiland Destouche
o Best Section – Section 1 of Platoon 1
o Lance Corporal
- Pte Corey Cameron
- Pte Darius Lewis
- LCpl Carmencita Duberry
- Pte Melvin Lindsey