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Jamaica Defence Force | 2019-02-12 14:31:00

The Chief of Defence Staff, with the approval of the Defence Board, has promoted Colonel
Radgh Mason and Colonel Roderick Williams to the rank of Brigadier, and Captain (Naval)
Antonette Wemyss-Gorman to the rank of Commodore effective February 15, 2019. The Chief
of Defence Staff was himself promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General by the Defence Board.
Colonel Radgh Mason joined the JDF in 1989. A past student of Meadowbrook High School, he
completed his basic infantry officers training at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, UK,
before taking up a post as Platoon Commander, Charlie Company, the First Battalion, the
Jamaica Regiment (1JR) in 1991. Colonel Mason holds the post of Brigade Commander of the
Jamaica Regiment, with oversight responsibility for the Force’s Regular Infantry Battalions. He
has also served in the role of Acting Colonel General Staff, with responsibility for Force policy
on operations, training, intelligence, communications, information systems and civil military
relations. Earlier on in his career, Colonel Mason served as Training Officer at the Military
Training Depot (Newcastle), Staff Officer for Finance, Force Paymaster, Company Commander
and later Second-in-Command of the First Battalion the Jamaica Regiment (1JR), among other
appointments. Colonel Mason holds a BSc in Management Studies and Accounting and an MSc
in Computer Based Management Information Systems from the University of the West Indies, as
well as an MMAS degree from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He is an International Fellow at the
United States War College, graduating in 2017.
Colonel Roderick Williams is a 28-year veteran of the JDF currently serving as the Force
Executive Officer. In this capacity, Colonel Williams is responsible for coordinating the staff
branches with particular focus on strategic and long term planning and force related policies. In
his prior appointment, Colonel Williams served as Colonel Adjutant Quartermaster at
Headquarters, JDF, with overall responsibility for the Force’s Financial, Personnel, Logistics and
Administrative matters. Colonel Williams has also served as Commanding Officer of the JDF
Air Wing, as well an Infantry Platoon Commander, Adjutant of the Second Battalion the Jamaica
Regiment (2JR) and Directing Staff at the Caribbean Junior Command and Staff Course
(CJCSC). He has also held the position of Second-in-Command of both Regular Infantry
Battalions (1JR and 2JR) as well as the Combat Support Battalion and 1 Engineer Regiment
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(JDF). He holds a BSc in Management Studies (Major) and Accounting (Major) from the
University of the West Indies, an MA in Defence Studies from King's College London and an
MSc in Computer-Based Management Information Systems. A past student of Exelsior High
School, Colonel Williams also holds a post-graduate diploma in Strategic Management and
Leadership from the UK's Chartered Management Institute.
Captain (Naval) Antoinette Wemyss-Gorman joined the JDF in 1992, immediately after leaving
Knox College. She is the Commander of the Maritime, Air and Cyber Command (MACC), with
oversight responsibility for the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard, the Jamaica Defence Force
Air Wing (JDF AW) and the Military Cyber Corps (MCC). In her previous appointments,
Captain (Naval) Wemyss-Gorman has served as Commanding Officer of the JDF Coast Guard,
where she has spent the majority of her career. During her time at the JDF Coast Guard, Captain
(Naval) Wemyss-Gorman became the first sea-going female officer to serve in the Jamaica
Defence Force, and served as Navigating Officer onboard HMJS PAUL BOGLE from 1994 to
1997. In 1998, she was seconded to the Ministry of Transport and Works, where she was
appointed Deputy Director of Marine Transport. Upon her return to the Coast Guard, Captain
(Naval) Wemyss-Gorman was appointed to Command a 82ft Point Class Vessel in July 2002 and
later, a 42m County Class Vessel (HMJS SURREY). Later in her career, she was appointed
Second in Command of the JDF Air Wing, and has also served as Commandant of the Caribbean
Military Maritime Training Center (CMMTC). In 2014, she became the first female in the
Jamaica Defence Force to attain the rank of Commander and later Captain (N) in May, 2018. She
holds a Master of Science degree with distinction in National Security and Strategic Studies from
the University of the West Indies.

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