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Oscar Derrick Pollard

Oscar Derrick Pollard is a former Officer Commanding the Training Wing. He was born on 18 October 1944 and attended the St John Anglican School, Bartica, and Queens College on a government Country Scholarship, becoming a member of the QCCC. After short stints as a teacher at Tutorial High School, and as General Secretary of the Albouystown YMCA, he joined the BGVF as an officer cadet, placing first in the cadet course and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 18 October 1965. He served with the BGVF in the aftermath of disturbance of 1964-65. In February 1966, he transferred to the GDF and received further training with the British Army in military field engineering, command and tactics, and methods of instructions. He served as platoon commander, (infantry and engineer); staff officer; company commander and officer commanding training wing achieving the rank of captain. 

His  most  significant   assignments  were  as OC  Engineers, participating with the Ministry of Works  on the West Coast Berbice Road  Construction Project - Lichfield  to  Onverwagt; as Staff Captain, responsible  to the Chief of Staff  for short  to medium-term  planning; and as officer commanding Training Wing (1969-1971), modernising  and streamlining the training scheme. 

In 1970, he was tasked with designing and initiating a scheme for the local training of officer cadets. The scheme evolved, a decade later, into the Colonel Ulric Pilgrim Officer Cadet School (CUPOCS). The period 1969 to 1971 was challenging as the force was required to respond to an armed rebellion and external threats. There was a rapid  build up in troop  strength with slender  resources  requiring  Pollard  to conduct  simultaneous  training of recruits  and  NCOs at widely  dispersed centres. 

In 1970, he commenced studies at University of Guyana, graduating in economics and Business Administration, becoming the first soldier to graduate from UG. He also received the Board of Governors’ Award.

On his return to civilian life, he served as an operations analyst /corporate planner in the bauxite industry; assistant manager (resource development) with the upper Mazaruni Development  Authority; Management  system Adviser, (Upper Mazaruni Road Project); General Manager (Guyana Glass Works Limited) and  as a Management and Development planning  consultant locally and overseas. 

He has also served as a member of and consultant to, the commission on National Parks and protected Areas of the international union for the conservation of nature, and as a consultant with the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (New York).