Prime Minister Wescot-Williams Attends 16th Anniversary of VKS

Promotes Several Officers to Higher Ranks

The Prime Minister of St. Maarten the Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams attended the 16th Anniversary celebration of the Voluntary Corps of St. Maarten VKS at a ceremony in front of the Government Administration Building on Saturday. The PM, under whose authority the VKS falls, congratulated the VKS on their more than 16 years service in protecting and serving the community of St. Maarten and those who have been with the organization since the very beginning.


The Prime Minister also congratulated and thanked the family members of those in the VKS who have stood by them as they put their put their life on the line to protect and serve the people of St. Maarten.

"On this your 16th Anniversary allow me to congratulate those of you who have been promoted to a higher rank and those of you who have been recognized for exemplary service to the VKS over the years. Clearly the Voluntary Corps of St. Maarten continues to be an institution in evolution: continuously moving forward and adopting new tasks and also introducing new members into your ranks. Every year it is good to stand still for just a moment and recognize your service to this community as well as to contemplate as you move forward. So as we recognize promotions and service it is also a fact that as VKS officers you are acting as role models in the community of St. Maarten. Contributing to the VKS is contributing to the community of St. Maarten and as we look towards a settlement of a Marine Base later this year I myself look forward to seeing a broadening out of your tasks and supporting the community of St. Maarten and building this country block by block and step by step.

The Voluntary Corps of St. Maarten (VKS) is a paramilitary organization that conducts emergency services, protects the population and conducts law enforcement services.