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Several JDF senior officers promoted, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff to retire

Published:Friday | May 25, 2018 | 2:44 PM

Major General Rocky Meade, with the approval of the Defence Board, has announced the promotions of a number of senior personnel in the Jamaica Defence Force.

The promoted officers are Lieutenant Colonels Martin Rickman and Mahatma Williams and Commanders David Chin Fong and Antoinette Wemyss-Gorman have been moved to Captain (Naval).

Major Denton Smalling has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

The JDF notes that Brigadier David Cummings, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff and Second in Command of the JDF, is set to retire after over 30 years of service. He's to proceed on pre-retirement leave in July.

Meet The Promoted JDF Officers

* Colonel Martin Rickman is currently seconded to the Housing, Opportunities, Production and Employment (HOPE) program at the Office of the Prime Minister. He joined the Jamaica Defence Force in 1990 and has since served in several capacities, most recently as the Commanding Officer (CO) for the 1 Engineer Regiment.

* Captain (N) David Chin Fong has over 26 years of service to the organization and is currently acting as Inspector General of the JDF. His previous appointments include CO of the Support & Services Battalion, Staff Office in Charge of Personnel & Administration and CO of the JDF Coast Guard.

*Captain (N) Antoinette Wemyss-Gorman is Commanding Officer of the JDF Coast Guard and has been a member of the JDF since 1992. Her professional experience includes appointments as Commandant of the Caribbean Military Maritime Training Centre (CMMTC), Acting Commanding Officer of the JDF Air Wing and Deputy Director of Marine Transport at the Ministry of Transport and Works.

*Colonel Mahatma Williams joined the JDF in 1993 and is currently acting as Colonel General Staff. He has previously served as CO, Headquarters JDF, 1 Engineer Regiment and CO of the Directorate of Training and Doctrine.

*Lieutenant Colonel Denston Smalling has served as the JDF’s Chaplain since his enlistment in 2006. His promotion marks the highest rank that a Force Chaplain has ever attained in the JDF.

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