Gaborone — Some 667 Botswana Defence Force (BDF) members on April 10 received different awards in a ceremony forming part of the annual BDF Day celebrations.
President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi, accompanied by BDF Commander Lt Gen Placid Segokgo, bestowed the Duty Code Order on 100 administration and technical staff members for their devotion to duty.
He also conferred the Commander's Formation of the Year Award on the Ground Forces Command Unit for winning the most sporting disciplines.
A total of 282 officers received the relatively new Pearl Jubilee Medal which goes to any member of the BDF who has completed 30 years of honourable continuous service in the army.
The award was bestowed by Vice President Mr Slumber Tsogwane.
Fifty-three officers from the rank of captain to lieutenant colonel received the Distinguished Service Medal, which is awarded to commissioned officers who have completed not less than 20 years of continuous service with good conduct.
Minister of Defence, Justice and Security Mr Shaw Kgathi awarded the medals.
Another 217 officers were awarded the Long Service Order medal, which goes to members who have served for not less than 15 years with good conduct.
Meanwhile, the Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation Dr Unity Dow has awarded the Foreign Service Medal to 15 officers for honourable service outside Botswana on operational deployment, related foreign assignment of collective training for a period not less than 12 months.
One of the recipients of the award is Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services director general Brigadier Peter Magosi, retired.
The award ceremony preceded the 42nd BDF day celebrations scheduled for tomorrow at the National Stadium.
The medals ceremony is a way of recognising and thanking deserving members of the BDF for outstanding service and conduct.
Source : BOPA