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Senator The Honourable Gary Griffith


Biography of the Minister of National Security

Senator The Honourable Gary Griffith:

Senator the Honourable Gary Griffith was appointed as Minister of National Security on Friday 6 September 2013.

Since May 2010, he has served as National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister.

Minister Griffith was a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force for 15 years, where he attained the rank of Captain.


 Education  Master of Science, Security Management - University of Leicester

  • Post Graduate Diploma, Security Management – Dept. of Criminology, University of Leicester
  • Certificate, Security Management Studies – University of West Indies
  • Certificate, Standard Military Course for Officers – Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, United Kingdom
  • Graduate of St. Mary’s College – Port of Spain

Professional Experience

  • Representative for the Defence Force at the Joint Operational Command Centre [ JOCC]
  • Commissioned by His Excellency President Noor Hassanali to the rank of Second Lieutenant on his enlistment into the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force
  • Fifteen years of distinguished and unblemished service as a Commissioned Officer in the Defence Force.
  • Most Outstanding Officer Award at Sandhurst in Extra Curricular Activities in his intake, as he was the captain of the Company Hockey, Football and Cricket team and was on the First XI Hockey Team for the Academy.
  • Appointed to command all Administrative, Finance, Welfare and Logistics matters for over 300 soldiers from the CARICOM Forces that participated in the United Nations Mission in Haiti.
  • Actively engaged in Operations during the Attempted Coup to ensure democracy was maintained and upheld.
  • Coordinated the first ever International Exchange of Sandhurst Officers to the Caribbean through a Training Exercise
  • Acquired a commendation by the Chief magistrate for his duties as Platoon Commander in command of secruing the court during the subsequential trial
  • Successfully held several levels of comman, among those being Platoon Commander, Detachmanet Commander, Company Second in Command and Battalion Administrative Officer.
  • Promoted to the rank of Captain , after just six (6) years service which was an unprecedented achievement. The United Nations Peacekeeping Mission was a six (6) month tour of duty, and was Trinidad and Tobago's first ever deployment of troops to participate in a Peacekeeping Operation under the United Nations.
  • Aide de Camp to the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago , His Excellency A.N.R. Robinson
  • First military Officer from this country to return home with a United Nations Peacekeeping Medal.
  • Appointed as the Aide to the Chief of Defence Staff and he remained in this position from 1995 to 1999, under both Brigadier General C Alfonso [1995- 1999], and Commodore a Franklin [1999].
  • Detachment Commander of Defence Force Headquarters and was in command of the Defence Force Intelligence Unit.
  • United Nations Mission In Haiti Medal
  • The Efficiency Decoration Medal for completing twelve [12] years distinguished service with the Defence Force

  • The Meritorious Medal for duties performed during the Attempted Coup in 1990.
  • Participated in several CARICOM security conferences throughout the Caribbean. A few of these were the Caribbean Nations Security Conferences that were held annually in different countries such as Barbados, Jamaica, and Antigua to name a few. He also attended training conferences with the French Forces in the Antilles in Martinique.
  • Received a high performance grading annually, and has the references of commendation for his performance by several Chiefs of Defence Staff, including Brigadier Carl Alfonso, Brigadier Joe Theodore, Commodore Franklin, Admiral Kelshall, and Brigadier Sandy.

 Employment History 

Second Lieutenant


Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force,






Platoon Commander  

Company Second in Command

Detachment Commander


Captain United Nations Tour of Duty, Haiti

Aide to Chief of Defense Staff

Military Attaché to Prime Minister

Detachment Commander

Head of Defense Force Intelligence Unit

Group Security Manager - ANSA McAL Group

Chief Executive Officer - CGGAL Group of Companies

National Security Advisor - Office of the Prime Minister





Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force

Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force











  • Certificate, Sports Administration - International Olympic Committee
  • Highest goal scorer in the country in the Championship Division both in 1997 and 1998, and highest overall goal scorer in the country on several occasions.
  • In 1999, appointed Manager of the National Men's Senior Hockey Team that participated at the Commonwealth Games in Malaysia, which was followed by the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada.
  • In 2002, appointed Manager of both the Men and Women Team that participated at the inaugural Pan American Indoor Hockey Cup in Washington. Both teams achieved their best placing ever at an International Tournament, with the Women playing unbeaten and winning the gold medals, which assured them a place in the first ever World Cup Indoor Hockey Finals. The men captured the bronze medals, which was the highest placing ever by the Men's team at any Pan American Hockey Tournament.
  • Under his Management, the Men’ team then participating at the CAC Games in Puerto Rico in December 2002, and captured the gold medals for the first time ever. 
  • Appointed as the Acting Chef De Mission by the tRinidada and Tobago Olympic Committee fro the Ntaional Contingent that took part at the 2002 CAC games in the Puerto Rico leg.
  • Short Listed among a list of four of over dozens of applicants for the post of Manager of the West Inides Cricket Team , which was the closest a Trinidadian had reached to hold the post in over a decade.
  • Sport secretary of the Defense Force.
  • Manager of the Defense Force Hockey , Cricket, Football, Athletic and Rugby Team