Roraima Airways honours former Chief Pilot Miles Williams
Sunday, 19 May 2013
RORAIMA Airways last Friday evening at Duke Lodge Restaurant paid a special tribute to its former chief pilot, Captain Miles Williams with a special Roraima Award.
Close friends in the aviation and military sectors gathered to celebrate his 48th birthday and participate in the award ceremony.
Capt. Miles Willams, centre, flanked by former and
present GDF and aviation officers.
Capt. Gouveia welcomed the guests and unveiled the evening’s proceedings, leaving Capt. Williams speechless as he commenced his description of his former colleague, who is now a US-based Guyanese.
“Many times people live their lives, and do extraordinary things and then they fade away. Life’s challenges and family obligations consume and direct what we do and where we go.
Ladies and gentlemen tonight I would like to tell you a story, a story about a Guyanese Special Forces ex-military officer, a Guyanese military pilot and someone whom I consider a Guyanese hero - Miles Williams,” Capt. Gouveia began.
Capt. Williams poses with attorney-at–law and
schoolmate, Ms. Dawn Holder, a close friend, and
media personality Julia Johnson
forces officer before being transferred to the Air Corps where he was trained as a pilot. He served in the Air Corps and flew on many missions as Gouveia’s co-pilot to save lives, rescue people and
resupply GDF forces in the far flung reaches of Guyana’s hinterland.
Capt. Gerry Gouveia presents the Roraima Airways
Award to Capt. Miles Williams for his dedicated
service to the company
Following Gouveia’s presentation, Air Services Captain, Annette Arjoon-Martin in her comments about Capt. Williams recalled the days of her turtle preservation tours to Shell Beach where they would fly to the location in the North West District and overnight to watch the interesting event unfold before their eyes - turtle nesting.
She noted that this would normally be a three-hour wait with mosquitoes biting for hours.
Interestingly, she recalled, one evening while they sat watching the turtles preparing the holes before nesting the eggs, Williams decided to assist the turtles in digging so that their waiting time would be shorter. This was a very funny situation as the rangers nicknamed him ‘turtle daddy’, she added to much laughter.
Williams in response was lost for words as he thanked Capt. Gouveia for all he had done for him in his career.
He made mention too of many others who contributed to his success and pledged to return his services to Guyana someday. Capt. Williams now resides in Florida, where he is the personal pilot of the Governor of the State of Florida.