Colonel Glyne Grannum joined the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) in 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 the UK, the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in Italy, the Lester Pearson Canadian Peacekeeping Centre, Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College, and the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College. He also attended a Defence Resources Management programme at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa.
He has 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 to shape security plans in the other Cricket World Cup host nations and the CARICOM Regional Security Plan.
He 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 at the Headquarters of the Regional Security System (2015 – 2017).
Col. Grannum 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).