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Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2022. 9:32 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On December 19, 2022, the Belize Defence Force (BDF) First Infantry Battalion hosted its annual Christmas luncheon at Fairweather Camp in Toledo.

The annual Christmas luncheon offers an opportunity for officers, warrant officers and senior non-commissioner officers to serve the soldiers a Christmas lunch and drinks as a gesture of reciprocating their service throughout the year.

Present at the event was Oscar Mira, Minister of State in the Ministry of National Defence and Border Security; Brigadier General Asariel Loria, Commander Belize Defence Force; Pastor John Gotz, who has always committed to serving soldiers with spirituality; Warrant Officer Class One Wilfredo Majano, Force Sergeant Major; the energetic and entertaining Captain Paul Mahung, Master of Ceremony; and Lieutenant Colonel Clifton Williams, Commanding Officer of the Battalion.

Minister Mira and the BDF Commander expressed gratitude to the soldiers during their remarks.

They also highlighted the Battalion’s operational and community service accomplishments throughout the year.

Similarly, it was an opportunity to provide encouragement in areas of shortcomings, growth, and development.

In addition, soldiers who exhibited exemplary service were awarded with Certificates of Recognition and Awards.

“The remainder of the Christmas Luncheon included Christmas carols, and other musical entertainment pieces, especially one from First Infantry Battalion’s own musician. Gratitude, recognition, and comradeship were well in order for the soldiers of the First Infantry Battalion,” the BDF said.


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