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Chief of Defence Staff
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Lieutenant General Rocky Ricardo Meade

since 1 December 2016
Appointer Prime Minister
Formation 31 July 1962
First holder de (Paul Edwin Crook)
Website Official website

The Chief of the Defence Staff is the professional head of the Jamaica Defence Force. He is responsible for the administration and the operational control of the Jamaican military. It is the highest rank military position in the country.

JDF Chiefs[]

Chiefs of Staff (1962–2007)[]

Chief of Staff Took office Left office Time in office Ref
1Crook, PaulBrigadier de (Paul Edwin Crook)
31 July 196219652–3 years[1][2]
2Smith, DavidBrigadier David Hartman Smith196519737–8 years[2][3]
3Robinson, DunstanBrigadier Dunstan Fitzgerald Robinson
(born 1944)
197319730 years[2]
4Green, RudolphMajor General Rudolph Edward George Green197319795–6 years[2]
5Neish, RobertMajor General Robert James Neish1979199010–11 years[2]
6Brady, PeterRear Admiral Peter Lorenzo Brady199019987–8 years[2]
7Simmonds, JohnMajor General John I Simmonds199820023–4 years[2]
8Lewin, HardleyRear Admiral Hardley M Lewin200220074–5 years[2]
9Saunders, StewartMajor General Stewart Emerson Saunders200720070 years[2]

In December 2007 the title of Chief of Staff was replaced by Chief of Defence Staff and filled by an incumbent.

Chiefs of Defence Staff (2008–present)[]

Chief of Defence Staff Took office Left office Time in office Ref
1Saunders, StewartMajor General Stewart Emerson Saunders200820101–2 years[2]
2Anderson, AntonyMajor General Antony Bertram Anderson20101 December 20165–6 years[2]
Rocky Ricardo Meade
Meade, RockyLieutenant General Rocky Ricardo Meade1 December 2016Incumbent4 years[2][4][5]


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