Colonel Glyne Grannum joined the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) on 18 October 1985 and underwent career development training at the Canadian Forces Officer Candidate School, Chilliwack and the Combat Training Centre, Gagetown New Brunswick, Canada. He subsequently attended the Infantry Training Centre and the Signal Wing in Warminster, UK (PCBC and RSO Courses respectively), the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in San Remo, Italy; the Lester Pearson Canadian Peacekeeping Centre, the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College, Kingston, the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, Toronto, the National Defence University of the People’s Liberation Army People’s Republic of China and the Centre for Hemispheric Defence Studies, National Defence University, Washington. He also attended a Defence Resources Management programme at National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa, Canada. In addition to being a qualified infantry officer, Col Grannum is a qualified Regimental Signals Officer and a former Operations Officer and Finance Officer of the BDF.
He has trained junior non-commissioned and senior non-commissioned officers and has been involved in the professional development of junior commissioned officers (lieutenants and captains from Caribbean states) having been a member of the Directing Staff of the Caribbean Junior Command and Staff Course in Newcastle, Jamaica.
His career has had many highlights, including his role as the lead architect for the design of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 security plan for tournament events in Barbados, an effort which helped shape security plans in the other Cricket World Cup host nations and the CARICOM Regional Security Plan. He commanded the Independence Day parades in 2012 and 2013 and chaired the Working Group (2013 – 2015) which led to the design and successful roll out of the BDF’s Group Health and Major Medical Insurance Plan.
Immediately prior to becoming the Chief of Staff (the senior officer in command of the military in Barbados) on 1 February 2017, he was the Director of Operations and Plans in the Headquarters of the Regional Security System (2015 – 2017).
He holds a Master of Business Administration degree (with Merit) from the University of Surrey and a Master of Defence Studies degree from the Royal Military College of Canada. He is the recipient of the Chief of Staff’s Commendation (1994), two Defence Board Commendations (1996 and 2007), the Meritorious Service Medal (1998), the Services Medal of Honour (with 2 clasps), the General Service Medal (2011), the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013) and the Governor General of Barbados’ Medal of Honour (2017).