Darroux and White Promoted in Montserrat Defence Force

Major Alvin Ryan 2nd Lt Darion Darroux and 2nd Lt Kelvin White. Photo Courtesy RMDF

Her Excellency the Governor presided over a brief promotion ceremony in which Officer Cadets Darion Darroux and Kelvin White of the Royal Montserrat Defence Force were promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant. The ceremony took place at the Governor’s Residence on Wednesday December 20th at 1300hrs. The newly commissioned officers had the honour of having their Office Cadet Bars replaced 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 Officers Course with the Royal Navy in 2016. Kelvin joined the RMDF on 13 th June 2009. His service to the country began with the Montserrat Secondary School Cadet Corps where he was Cadet Company Sergeant Major before joining the Royal Montserrat Police Force in 1992. On leaving, the Police Service, Kelvin transferred to the RMDF where he was soon promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Kelvin was appointed an Office Cadet and platoon officer in 2016.

Photo Courtesy RMDF

Likewise, Darion Darroux was made an Officer Cadet and platoon officer in 2016. Darion also came up through the Cadet Corps ranks to become Cadet Company Sergeant Major in 2013 having joined the Corps in 2008. He formally enlisted with the Royal Montserrat Defence Force in 2015.
Commanding Officer of the RMDF Major Alvin E Ryan said, “I am pleased to formally welcome both of these new officers who have demonstrated their dedication to country through their hard work and dedication through volunteering with the RMDF. I am glad to see that Her Excellency agreed with my recommendation for their promotions.
This is all part of the RMDF plan to strengthen the Force’s ability to respond to the needs of the island. Just a few months ago Lieutenant Glenroy Foster successfully completed the Junior Officers Staff Course in Belize where he placed overall 2nd . While Sergeant Deverson Semper completed the Junior Non-Commission Officer All Arms Drill Instructor’s Course also in Belize.
Let me again express my personal congratulations to both of the new Officers. The Royal Montserrat Defence Force is a growing organisation.”