Enthusiastic parents and loved ones showed their appreciation with loud applause for 71 students who graduated from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s (RBDF) Rangers recruit training program in Grand Bahama on Saturday past. The Passing Out Parade ceremony took place at the St. Georges High School gymnasium in Freeport. Attending the ceremony were Mr. Earle Neely, representing the Island’s Local
Government and Ms. Tammy Mitchell, representing the National Emergency Management Agency. Bringing remarks on behalf of Commodore Bethel for the occasion was Lieutenant Commander
Johnson, the commanding officer of the RBDF Freeport Base. He congratulated the newly installed Cadets, and encouraged them to take advantage of the many opportunities afforded them through the program.
Also in attendance were the Rangers Operations Senior Rate, Chief Petty Officer Pedro Bain and the Rangers supervisor for Grand Bahama, Petty Officer Lenryck Coakley “The training curriculum for the Rangers program prepares and exposes cadets to opportunities in the Defence Force, as well as the commercial maritime sector and the public and private sectors,” said Lieutenant Commander Johnson. “Providing fundamental training in civic, religious and business- through Junior Achievement, gives Rangers the foundation to become productive citizens of the the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and global citizens to function at entry level jobs both locally and abroad.” Approximately 1,500 students comprise the Rangers program, which has been in existence on the island of Grand Bahamas since 2010. The young Cadets who recently graduated, represented14 schools on the island. Numerous relatives and friends were there to cheer on and congratulate the students.
Awards and certificates were presented to several students. The overall Minister of National Security Award, was awarded to Kyiarjah Roker from St. George’s High School; The Commander Defence Force Academic Achievement Award was presented to Bynaj Rolle of Mary Star Academy; Duane Bartlett of Bishop Michael Eldon School and Josiah Smith of Jack Hayward Junior High School; and the Rangers Director Award, went to Tyrese Hanna of Sister Mary Patricia School.