Minister of National Security Fitzgerald Hinds met with the leadership of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) to hear first-hand about the issues affecting members of the Regiment, Coast Guard, Air Guard and Reserves.
The meeting took place at the Ministry of National Security Head Office, Abercromby Street, Port of Spain today, Tuesday May 18.
Both parties welcomed the opportunity to meet to discuss matters of critical importance and propose measures to resolve issues requiring urgent attention.
Minister Hinds assured Chief of Defence Staff Air Vice Marshal Darryl Daniel and his team that he would advance efforts aimed at providing the TTDF with the required resources to effectively execute their mandate. The Minister, once again, expressed his gratitude to the men and women of the Defence Force for their continued service to the nation and reemphasized that the TTDF is held in high esteem locally, regionally and internationally.
Chief of Defence Staff Daniel thanked the Minister for his assurance to address the needs of all TTDF formations and noted that the TTDF will continue to fulfil its mandate of ensuring public safety. Air Vice Marshal Daniel further indicated that the leadership of the TTDF remains committed to treating with matters affecting members of the Defence Force and providing feedback on the progress of addressing issues identified.
Meeting discussions included matters of manpower; accommodation; human resource; formation operations; acquisition of additional assets; ongoing infrastructural upgrades at TTDF facilities; servicing and maintenance of critical assets; as well as improving health and wellness support for the members of the TTDF.
Also in attendance at today’s meeting were Permanent Secretaries (Ag.) in the Ministry of National Security Mr. Gary Joseph and Ms. Nataki Atiba-Dilchan; Vice Chief of Defence Staff Brigadier General Dexter Francis; Acting Commanding Officer of the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment Lieutenant Colonel Ashook Singh; Commanding Officer of the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard Captain (N) Don Polo; and Commanding Officer of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Reserves Captain Douglas Archer.