Ninety-Nine Officers Promoted/Appointed to Commissioned Ranks

His Excellency the President approved the promotion and commissioning of 99 adult officers of the Trinidad and Tobago Cadet Force. This incidentally is the largest single distribution of promotions of adults within the Cadet Force’s 106-year history.

Commissioned Officers within the Cadet Force receive a special Commission from His Excellency the President, in keeping with the Cadet Force Act. These promotions therefore require a special rigour through which approval is sought through the Cadet Force Advisory Committee, the Minister of National Security and then His Excellency, the President.

The promotions ceremony was held at City Hall, Port of Spain on Sunday 26th March 2017, at which the officers were presented with their letters of promotion/appointment.

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The Honourable Glenda Jennings-Smith, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, brought greetings, and presented letters to the newly promoted officers.

In her greetings, the Parliamentary Secretary stressed on the responsibility officers hold toward their young charges, and by extension, to the national community. Her quote “With great power comes great responsibility” was echoed by every speaker, and was heard being uttered on the lips of officers in agreement.

Also present at the ceremony were Mrs. Michelle Pierre-Chase Deputy Permanent Secretary (Ag.) in the Ministry of National Security, and Mr. Ruben Hansraj Chairman of the Cadet Force Advisory Committee.

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In addition, former senior officers in attendance included former Commandant Lieutenant Colonel George Sebro (ret.) and Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Joshua (ret.) former Deputy Commandant and Major Ronald Hay.

Having issued these promotions/appointments, the Cadet Force is better able to undertake its internal leadership and management and to better serve the young people who are enrolled in its programs.

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A cross section of officers in attendance at the Promotional Ceremony

As a Voluntary youth organization which uses the processes of military training, several key activities are required to be undertaken by officers of specific ranks, and as such, these promotions have facilitated a greater ease in undertaking an expanded list of activities for the cadets.

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Newly promoted Major Archdeacon Edwin Primus and Major

These promotions have, for some officers been as much as thirteen years in the making. This is evident in the large quantity of persons who have been promoted/appointed to commissions.

To use the motto of the Cadet Force’s Fifth Battalion, “The Fox Must Run”. As such, even in the midst of a brief electricity shortage, the ceremony continued until it returned approximately ten minutes later.

Some noteworthy points regarding these promotions include:

  • The promotion of two of the Cadet Force’s Chaplains, Anglican Chaplain Major Archdeacon Edwin Primus (formerly Captain) and Catholic Chaplain Major Deacon Harold Woodroffe (formerly Second Lieutenant).
  • The appointment of thirty-nine Under Officers to the rank of Second Lieutenant
  • The appointment of two retired members of the Defence Force to the rank of Captain within the Cadet Force. Former Warrant Officer Classs 1 Alimuddin Baksh now wears the Commissioned rank of Captain, and former Fleet Chief Petty Officer David Semper now wears the rank of Naval Lieutenant (which carries equivalency with the infantry rank of Captain).

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A cross section of the officers who received their first commission. The photo shows infantry, naval and aviation officers who received their letters of Commission at the Ceremony.

The list of officers who were promoted/appointed to Commisions follows:

Name and Rank of Officer Promoted/ Appointed to:

PROMOTIONS TO MAJOR

1.

Captain Mathison Thomas

Major

2.

Captain Gerard Gift

Major

3.

Captain Alexander Thomas

Major

4.

Captain Archdeacon Edwin Primus

Major

5.

Captain Randal Roberts

Major

6.

Captain Randal Luces

Major

7.

Captain Cloyd Blackman

Major

8.

Captain Dr. Victor Wheeler

Major

9.

Lieutenant Deacon Harold Woodroffe

Major

PROMOTIONS TO CAPTAIN

10.

Lieutenant Carlos Hazel

Captain

11.

Lieutenant Brian Armstrong

Captain

12.

Lieutenant Warren Bruce

Captain

13.

Lieutenant Renaldo Romeo

Captain

14.

Lieutenant Nigel Cumberbatch

Captain

15.

Lieutenant Kerwin Simmons

Captain

16.

Lieutenant Hamlyn Dipnarine

Captain

17.

Lieutenant Wendy-Ann Arthur

Captain

18.

Lieutenant Peter Sawyer

Captain

19.

Lieutenant Denzil Kerr

Captain

20.

Lieutenant Marc Wilson

Captain

21.

Lieutenant Colin Peterson

Captain

22.

Lieutenant Marcus Woods

Captain

23.

Lieutenant Derek Williams

Captain

24.

Lieutenant Emrold Gould

Captain

25.

Lieutenant Curtis Matthew

Captain

26.

Lieutenant Maurice Burke

Captain

27.

Lieutenant Kofi Mc Intyre

Captain

28.

Lieutenant Mark Ramcharan

Captain

29.

Lieutenant Albert Sydney

Captain

30.

Lieutenant Bilal Millette

Captain

31.

Lieutenant Kwesi Riley

Captain

32.

Lieutenant Arianne Lovell

Captain

33.

Lieutenant Turkessa Blades

Captain

34.

Lieutenant Winston Delzin

Captain

35.

Lieutenant Gifton Caesar

Captain

COMMISSIONS TO CAPTAIN

36.

Warrant Officer Class 1 Ronald Constant

Captain

37.

Warrant Officer Class 1 Garth Dennis

Captain

38.

Warrant Officer Class 1 Alimuddin Baksh

Captain

39.

Warrant Officer Class 1 David Semper

Captain

PROMOTIONS TO LIEUTENANT

40.

Second Lieutenant Dave Elliot

Lieutenant

41.

Second Lieutenant Dion Guevara

Lieutenant

42.

Second Lieutenant Michael Llanos

Lieutenant

43.

Second Lieutenant Anthony Mc Kenzie

Lieutenant

44.

Second Lieutenant Walt Reid

Lieutenant

45.

Second Lieutenant Jude Cruickshank

Lieutenant

46.

Second Lieutenant Paula Pantin

Lieutenant

47.

Second Lieutenant Raeleen Holassie

Lieutenant

48.

Second Lieutenant Nicole Belgrave

Lieutenant

49.

Second Lieutenant Clyeon Roberts

Lieutenant

50.

Second Lieutenant Shaka Franklin

Lieutenant

51.

Second Lieutenant Tricia Ferrette

Lieutenant

52.

Second Lieutenant Chanka Persadsingh

Lieutenant

COMMISSIONS TO LIEUTENANT

53.

Under Officer Carla Camejo

Lieutenant

54.

Under Officer Ian Cockburn

Lieutenant

55.

Under Officer Jamila Ramsey

Lieutenant

56.

Warrant Officer Class 1 Terry Ali

Lieutenant

57.

Warrant Officer Class 1 Kenrick Hamilton

Lieutenant

58.

Warrant Officer Class 2 Joanne Williams

Lieutenant

59.

Warrant Officer Class 2 Keston Greig

Lieutenant

60.

Warrant Officer Class 2 Darius Bharat

Lieutenant

COMMISSIONS TO SECOND LIEUTENANT

61.

Under Officer Maria Whiskey

Second Lieutenant

62.

Under Officer Melissa Frederick Bernard

Second Lieutenant

63.

Under Officer Sean Lovell

Second Lieutenant

64.

Under Officer Kenyon Mills

Second Lieutenant

65.

Under Officer Alana Henry

Second Lieutenant

66.

Under Officer Javon Leacock

Second Lieutenant

67.

Under Officer Daron Jackson

Second Lieutenant

68.

Under Officer Zyndi Noel

Second Lieutenant

69.

Under Officer Daana Lewis

Second Lieutenant

70.

Under Officer Andre Phillip

Second Lieutenant

71.

Under Officer Derrick King

Second Lieutenant

72.

Under Officer Jean Paul Miller

Second Lieutenant

73.

Under Officer Nicole Barton

Second Lieutenant

74.

Under Officer Jhamille Asson

Second Lieutenant

75.

Under Officer Sharon Bartholomew

Second Lieutenant

76.

Under Officer Critchlow Lord

Second Lieutenant

77.

Under Officer Lumumba Obika

Second Lieutenant

78.

Under Officer Adesh Matadeen

Second Lieutenant

79.

Under Officer Jevon Joseph

Second Lieutenant

80.

Under Officer Bernadine Bharat

Second Lieutenant

81.

Under Officer Brendon Timothy

Second Lieutenant

82.

Under Officer Shawnee Thompson

Second Lieutenant

83.

Under Officer Stephen Hart

Second Lieutenant

84.

Under Officer Ryan Maharaj

Second Lieutenant

85.

Under Officer Ricardo Martin

Second Lieutenant

86.

Under Officer Dionne Williams

Second Lieutenant

87.

Under Officer Valentine Best

Second Lieutenant

88.

Under Officer Kyle Howard

Second Lieutenant

89.

Under Officer Rohan Maxwell

Second Lieutenant

90.

Under Officer Christopher Batson

Second Lieutenant

91.

Under Officer Mwale Henry

Second Lieutenant

92.

Under Officer Christina Phillips

Second Lieutenant

93.

Under Officer Kirt Legendre

Second Lieutenant

94.

Under Officer Andy Solomon

Second Lieutenant

95.

Under Officer Brendon Martin

Second Lieutenant

96.

Under Officer Patrice Charles

Second Lieutenant

97.

Under Officer Ann Marie Vincent

Second Lieutenant

98.

Under Officer Susan Dorman

Second Lieutenant

99.

Under Officer Bisoondath Ramine

Second Lieutenant

View a gallery of promoted officers on our Facebook page.

His Excellency the President approved the promotion and commissioning of 99 adult officers of the Trinidad and Tobago…

Posted by Trinidad and Tobago Cadet Force on Monday, April 3, 2017

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