The Ministry of Defense and Immigration has announced changes within the senior commanders of the Belize Defense Force. According to an official release Lieutenant Gayney Dortch has relinquished the post of Chief of Staff and has taken up the post of Commanding Officer of the second Infantry Battalion which is headquartered at Camp Belizario in the Cayo District. Dortch’s appointment has been in effect since August 23. The man Lieutenant Dortch replaced, Colonel Steven Ortega has taken up the post of Commanding Officer of the Services and Support Batallion which is headquartered in Ladyville. This post was held by Lieutenant Colonel David Jones who has replaced Dortch as Chief of Staff. Jones is now the public relations officer for the BDF and is responsible for all media related issues concerning the force. According to the release these are as a result of a planned rotation of appointment of senior officers.