RBDF says Farewell to Two RBDF Senior Enlisted

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Chief Petty Officer Arlington Clarke presenting CPO Brian Miller with a token of appreciation from his wife and family during an retirement ceremony at HMBS Coral Harbour. Looking on are Base Engineering Officer Senior Lieutenant Gordon Roberts and Deputy Base Engineering Officer Senior Lieutenant Jeremy Allen.

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force recently said farewell to Chief Petty Officers (CPO) Nelson Strachan and Brian Miller, who both retired after
serving a combined 62 years of active service. A 32-year veteran, CPO Strachan gave his final farewell on Parade immediately following
Morning Colours (a military flag raising ceremony held every morning at Coral Harbour Base). He officially retired on February 6 2019.
CPO Nelson Strachan was a member of New Entry 18, enlisting as a Marine Recruit on June 23, 1986

Departments in which he has served over the course of his career have included Military Operations Platoon, Squadron Department aboard HMBS NASSAU, the Supply Department, and his final assignment in the Military Police and Force Protection (MPFP) Unit. He was also a
participant in the peacekeeping mission to Haiti in 1995 as a member of the RBDF CARICOM contingent. With his wife and church members in attendance, he encouraged those in attendance to remain vigilant and always maintain their integrity. Lieutenant Byron McClain, Executive Officer of MPFP commended Chief Petty Officer Strachan for his hard work and dedication over the years, and wished him success in his transition.

CPO Brian Miller enlisted as a Marine Recruit on January 9, 1989 as a member of New Entry 23. He officially retired on February 14, 2019. Attached to the Engineering Department, he has served onboard several classes vessels, which included HMBS David Tucker, HMBS Bahamas, HMBS Leon L. Smith, the Dauntless Class vessels, Harbour Patrol Unit and Technical Training section. His final assignment was with the Transport Workshop.

With his wife and children in attendance, CPO Miller thanked Commander Defence Force Commodore Tellis Bethel and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force for allowing him to have a successful career on the Defence Force. As he mentioned the numerous places he has traveled

during his 30-year career, he admonished those in attendance to always put God first in everything they do. Base Engineering Officer, Senior Lieutenant Gordon Roberts, and the Deputy Base Engineering
Officer Senior Lieutenant Jeremy Allen brought remarks at the ceremony. CPO Miller was presented with gifts and accolades from the Engineering Department, and also from his family and squadmates.
Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel along with his Executive Command and the Officers and Marines of the RBDF commend both Chief Petty Officers Nelson Strachan and Brian Miller for their outstanding services, as they transition themselves into new careers.

Chief Petty Officer (CPO)Brian Miller along with his wife and children, Officers
and Warrant Officer of the Engineering Department, Base Executive Officer and his squadmate
on February 14, 2019 at HMBS Coral Harbour. CPO Miller retired after serving 30 years on the
Defence Force.

Chief Petty Officer Nelson Strachan giving final words encouragement to
members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force on February 6 at HMBS Coral Harbour. He
retires after serving 32 years of active service.

Members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force giving CPO Nelson Strachan a
chorus of cheers on Parade following Morning Colours on February 6 at HMBS Coral Harbour.
He officially retired as an active member.

Chief Petty Officer Nelson Strachan at Defence Headquarters for the final time
as an active Defence Force personnel.
From left: Force Chief Petty Officer Oral Wood, Lieutenant Byron McClain, Captain Philip
Clarke, Deputy Commander Defence Force, Captain Samuel Evans, Chief Petty Officer Nelson
Strachan, Captain Clyde Sawyer, Lieutenant Commander Michael Hanna and Master-at Arms,
Force Chief Petty Officer Geoffrey Miller.

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