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Army reserves welcome new commandant, as Col Trevor Bowman retires

The Guyana National Reserve on Wednesday welcomed a new commandant and bid farewell to Colonel Trevor Bowman, MSM, following his early retirement. He handed over command to Lieutenant Colonel Lloyd Souvenir.
In a release via social media, the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) said that the formalisation of the new command commenced with the swearing-in of Lieutenant Colonel Souvenir by Chief-of-Staff, Brigadier Omar Khan prior to the parade. The Change of Command Parade was held at Base Camp Seweyo, located on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway.
Colonel Bowman is a graduate of the Standard Officer Course 24 and enlisted in the GDF in August 1993. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in May 1994 and has given 30 years of distinguished service to his country.

During his extensive military career, Colonel Bowman held 12 appointments and served at eight units across the Force. He has completed military training in a number of countries including Brazil, French Guiana, the United Kingdom, the United States, Jamaica, and Canada, to name a few.
In his farewell remarks, the Colonel reminisced on his years as a young officer and his many adventures. He also noted his numerous years spent training and learning in various countries and the immense benefits his service has afforded him.

Swearing-in of Colonel Lloyd Souvenir by Chief-of-Staff, Brigadier Omar Khan (GDF photo)

Colonel Bowman reflected too on his COVID-19 battle, which encouraged him to alter his life’s course and prioritise the things that matter, such as the health and spiritual well-being of himself and his family. He also shared his future plans to use the vast knowledge and skills he has acquired to benefit his country in other capacities.
The Chief-of-Staff, officers and ranks thanked Colonel Bowman for his exemplary and dedicated service to the GDF and Guyana and wished him well in his retirement and future endeavours.