After Colonel Trevor Bowman, MSM, retired on Friday, Lieutenant Colonel Lloyd Souvenir assumed command of the Guyana National Reserve. In accordance with a Guyana Defence Force (GDF) press release, Colonel Souvenir was sworn in by Chief-of-Staff Brigadier Omar Khan prior to the parade, officially establishing the new command.
Base Camp Seweyo, which is situated on the Linden/Soesdyke Highway, hosted the Change of Command Parade.
Colonel Bowman joined the Guyana Defence Force in August 1993 after completing the Standard Officer Course 24. He has served his country honorably for 30 years and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in May 1994.
During his extensive military career, Colonel Bowman held 12 appointments and served at 8 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, Colonel Bowman reportedly 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.
Colonel Bowman also reflected on his COVID-19 battle, which encouraged him to alter his life’s course and prioritize 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.