Eight soldiers promoted following search and rescue

Chief of Staff Brigadier Mark Phillips, yesterday afternoon awarded on-the-spot promotions and special incentives to eight Other Ranks of the Three One Special Forces Squadron (31 SF Sqn), and another, from the Force’s G2 Branch. The ranks gained their promotions for exemplary performance and service with excellence, a release from the Guyana Defence Force today said.

The eight 31 SF Sqn Ranks were members of the Search and Rescue team responsible for locating and recovering the remains of the Trans Guyana pilot and baggage handler who died when the company’s Cessna aircraft crashed in dense jungle at Olive Creek in the Mazaruni.

Those promoted from the Special Forces are: Acting Sergeant Jason Khan who has been confirmed in his rank, Corporal Roland Williams who is now a Substantive Sergeant, Acting Corporal Darwin Archer who has been confirmed in his rank, Lance Corporals Rock Watson and Kleon Chase who are now Substantive Corporals, Privates Timeon McPherson, Ronald Corlette and Alex Williams who have been elevated in rank to Substantive Lance Corporals and Private Michael Hamer who is now an Acting Lance Corporal.

Substantive Corporal Robert Pyle of the G2 Branch was also elevated to the rank of Acting Sergeant.
This GDF photo shows the Chief of Staff (left) congratulating one of the soldiers.

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