Her Excellency the Governor presided over a brief promotion ceremony in which Officer Cadets DarionÂ Darroux and Kelvin White of the Royal Montserrat Defence Force were promoted to the rank of SecondÂ Lieutenant. The ceremony took place at the Governorâ€™s Residence on Wednesday December 20th atÂ 1300hrs. The newly commissioned officers had the honour of having their Office Cadet Bars replacedÂ with new Pips by Lieutenants Fergus and Foster to show their new rank in the RMDF.
Both officers received local mentoring in their duties with Kelvin undertaking the EEZ Protection OfficersÂ Course with the Royal Navy in 2016. Kelvin joined the RMDF on 13 th June 2009. His service to the countryÂ began with the Montserrat Secondary School Cadet Corps where he was Cadet Company SergeantÂ Major before joining the Royal Montserrat Police Force in 1992. On leaving, the Police Service, KelvinÂ transferred to the RMDF where he was soon promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Kelvin was appointed anÂ Office Cadet and platoon officer in 2016.
Likewise, Darion Darroux was made an Officer Cadet and platoon officer in 2016. Darion also came upÂ through the Cadet Corps ranks to become Cadet Company Sergeant Major in 2013 having joined theÂ Corps in 2008. He formally enlisted with the Royal Montserrat Defence Force in 2015.
Commanding Officer of the RMDF Major Alvin E Ryan said, â€œI am pleased to formally welcome both ofÂ these new officers who have demonstrated their dedication to country through their hard work andÂ dedication through volunteering with the RMDF. I am glad to see that Her Excellency agreed with myÂ recommendation for their promotions.
This is all part of the RMDF plan to strengthen the Forceâ€™s ability to respond to the needs of the island. Just aÂ few months ago Lieutenant Glenroy Foster successfully completed the Junior Officers Staff CourseÂ in Belize where he placed overall 2nd . While Sergeant Deverson Semper completed the Junior Non-Commission Officer All Arms Drill Instructorâ€™s Course also in Belize.
Let me again express my personal congratulations to both of the new Officers. The Royal MontserratÂ Defence Force is a growing organisation.â€