Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel conducting a routine inspection of the Rangers Platoon on the island of Long Island. In the background is Lieutenant Delvonne Duncombe, Rangers Director.
Coral Harbour Base, (RBDF): It was an historic day on the
island of Long Island, as 54 students were inducted into the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force’s (RBDF) Rangers Program, following a Passing out
The students represented the 2 high schools on the
island, namely; the N. G. M. Major High in Deadmans’s Cay and the North
Long Island High School in Simms. This latest addition in Long Island
brings the total to 23 schools in New Providence and 22 schools in the
Family Islands. The Rangers programme, which has been in existence since
1995 in the capital, has since expanded to include 6 Family Islands.
relatives and friends assembled at the Community Center in Clarence
Town to witness the historic induction of the young students. In
attendance were Mrs. Deidre Fox, Executive Officer for the Island
Administrator; Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel; and
Rangers Director, Lieutenant Delvonne Duncombe and other local
Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel brining remarks during the Passing Out Parade of Defence Force Rangers on Long Island.
Following an inspection of the young Rangers,
Commodore Bethel brought the keynote remarks. He highlighted the
numerous activities and achievements of the Rangers program, and
commended them for their perseverance and efforts to succeed.
July 2017, the Defence Force through the Rangers Program was granted
authority by the Governor General’s Youth Award program, to award bronze
and gold medals to our Ranger participants”, said Commodore Bethel. “I
am pleased to note that this program is customized to prepare and
qualify successful graduates for entry into the Defence Force, with
training set to commence in September of this year”.
RBDF Rangers on Long Island marching in formation during the Passing Out Parade of Defence Force Rangers on Long Island.
“Additionally, this program provides fundamental training in business by partnering with the Junior Achievement Program, as well as environmental awareness training with the support of the Bahamas National Trust”.
Several students were the recipients of special certificates and awards. The overall Minister of National Security Award, went to A’aliyah Knowles of North Long Island High School; the Commander Defence Force Awards for students attaining a grade point average of 3.5 and above were awarded to Matthew Darville and Mason Baker of N.G.M Major High School. Other awards included the Rangers Director Award, which went to Orion Knowles, N.G.M Major High School and the Academic Improvement Award, went to Candice Pratt, North Long Island High School and Denishka Hunt, N.G.M Major High School.
A’aliyah Knowles receiving the overall Minister of National Security Award during the Passing Out Parade of Defence Force Rangers on Long Island. Also shown are Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel and Lieutenant Delvonne Duncombe, Rangers Director.