RETIRED Brigadier General Roland Garth Maunday who last week was an honorary pall bearer at the five day State funeral of former President and Prime Minister Arthur NR Robinson, died this morning.
Maunday is believed to have passed away after suffering a heart attack in his home in Arima. Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is expected to make a statement on his passing later today.
Maunday retired in March 2011 and was succeeded by Major General Kenrick Maharaj. In a biography posted on the Ministry of National Security's facebook page, it stated that Maunday's service spanned over 33 years, having enlisted in the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment on June 1, 1978.
Maunday graduated from the Canadian Force Officer Candidate School in Chilliwack and the All Arms Training School in Gagetown Canada, in 1978 and 1979 respectively, was involved in training exercises in El Salvador and Guatemala, completed an overseas tour in Haiti as the Staff Officer Operations and Military Liaison Officer for the CARICOM Forces as a member of the Multinational Force between 1994 and 1995, and awarded the Medal of Merit by the US Command, for his service in Haiti.
He has successfully completed courses at the United States Military School at Fort Benning, Georgia, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Canadian Forces, Land Force Senior Staff Course in Kingston, Canada, United States Air Forces Special Operations School in Pensacola, Florida, and also visited Bosnia on a field trip to experience first-hand the operational aspects of conflict.
The Brigadier was a student of the USAID Office of Disaster Assistance Training for Instructors Course and attended two Disaster Workshops at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad, and was also a member of the Airport’s Authority Disaster Preparedness Committee between 1992 and 1997.
He also holds Diplomas in Management, Business and Industrial Administration a Diploma in Marketing from the London Chamber of Commerce Institute (LCCI), a Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from the University of the West Indies through its Institute of Business and a Master in Human Resource from the Arthur Lok Jack School of Business.
He is a Licentiate Member of the London Chamber of Commerce Institute and authorized to carry the letters LLCC.
Maunday held many administrative and operational posts during his career from Platoon Command to Formation Command, before September 2005, when he was appointed Chief Staff Officer at the Defence Force Headquarters, and the next year he was placed in command of the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment.
In 2009 he was posted to the position of Defence Attaché, Washington, until his promotion to Chief of Defence Staff in November 2010.
His awards and medals include the Efficiency Medal, the Long Service Medal and the Medal commemorating his service during the attempted coup in 1990, for service to the nation.
Additionally he received the Inter American Defence Board medal for his participation with the IADB as Trinidad and Tobago’s Defence Attaché to Washington.
Brigadier Maunday was married to his wife, Wendy, and they have a daughter Gabrielle.