St. John’s Antigua- In his pristine Royal Antigua & Barbuda Defence Force white uniform and red peaked cap, Colonel Trevor Thomas knelt before Governor General, Dame Louise Lake-Tack, and arose as Colonel Sir Trevor Thomas.
Sir Trevor was inducted as a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of the Nation (KCN), yesterday at Government House, for “extraordinary and exemplary” service to the nation and to the Antigua & Barbuda Defence Force which he has served for 30 years.
In an interview with OBSERVER Media following the ceremony, Sir Trevor expressed how he felt moments after the ceremonial sword touched him on both shoulders.
“While I knelt there, I was thinking about my force. How I got into the force and the people who helped me and continue to help me to this day. And telling myself, I must not forget them,” Sir Trevor said.
To the assertion that he is the only known chief of the ABDF in office to receive such a distinction, he said, “It is good to know that I have made history. I am happy about it, but I am not going to let it get to my head. I have work to do. I have to go back and start to work on plans that we have put in place to upgrade our force.”
Minister of Finance Harold Lovell, who was at the time deputising for Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, said Sir Trevor was deserving of the honour and stands as a positive example for the youth of the nation.
“I think he deserves this recognition and he stands as a role model for young Antiguans and Barbudans who are interested in serving within the military and the armed forces of Antigua & Barbuda,” the minister said.
He added, “We believe it demonstrates to Antiguans and Barbudans, and the youth in particular, that service and excellence in service is recognised in this country and you can earn the respect of your peers by service in this manner.”
Minister of National Security Dr Errol Cort, Attorney General Justin Simon and Colonel Edward Croft of the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) were among the dignitaries, officers, friends and family who attended the ceremony.
Following the reception, Sir Trevor was the guest of honour at a parade held at the ABDF’s – Camp Blizzard headquarters.