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Jamaica's army chief inducted into US Army CCGSC's Hall of Fame

Published:Thursday | April 11, 2019 | 12:00 AM
Lieutenant General Rocky R. Meade, Chief of the Defense Staff, Jamaica Defense Force, receives his induction award from Brigadier General Troy D. Galloway, Deputy Commanding General, Army National Guard, US Army Combined Arms Center.

Jamaica's army chief, Lieutenant General Rocky Meade, was among three military leaders inducted into the US Army Command and General Staff College's (CGSC) International Hall of Fame at the Lewis and Clark Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas on April 4.

Meade, who is chief of defence staff of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), was recognised for a myriad of accomplishments achieved as part of his service to the army and the country. Before being appointed Chief of the Defence Service in December 2016, he conceptualised and implemented a number of projects including the Flight Safety Program, the Jamaican Military Museum, the JDF Language Lab, the JDF Farm, the JDF Technical Training Institute, the Accreditation Project, the Caribbean Grand Strategy Seminar, the All Arms Magazine and the Moneague Papers.

Among other degrees, Meade holds a Masters of Military Arts and Science degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and a Ph.D from the University of Amsterdam.

The U.S. Embassy’s Senior Defence Official/Defence Attaché Lieutenant Colonel, Pablo Raggio accompanied him to the ceremony.

The other military leaders inducted were General Bari del Valle Sosa, Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces of Argentina and General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army.

Sosa is the first International Hall of Fame inductee from the 1995 Command and General Staff Officers Course and the third from Argentina.

Rawat, is the fourth inductee from CGSOC class of 1997 and the second inductee from India. He spent 10 of his 37-year military career conducting counter insurgency operations and was appointed the 27th Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army on December 17, 2016.

The CGSC International Hall of Fame was established by the college, the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars and the CGSC Foundation in 1973.

To be nominated for the International Hall of Fame an officer must be a graduate of CGSC and have attained, by merit, the position of leader of his or her country’s army or defence forces. In addition to being inducted into the Hall of Fame, inductees are presented with a CGSC certificate of honour by the Military Order of the World Wars and a Life Constituent Certificate by the Foundation.

Fifteen International Hall of Fame members have gone on to be heads of state or heads of government in their countries. The organisation has honoured more than 280 leaders from the more than 8,000 international CGSC graduates.