|Chief of Defence Staff|
|Formation||31 July 1962|
|First holder||de (Paul Edwin Crook)|
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.
Chiefs of Staff (1962–2007)
|№||Chief of Staff||Took office||Left office||Time in office||Ref|
|1||de (Paul Edwin Crook)Brigadier |
|31 July 1962||1965||2–3 years|||
|2||David Hartman SmithBrigadier||1965||1973||7–8 years|||
|3||Dunstan Fitzgerald RobinsonBrigadier |
|4||Rudolph Edward George GreenMajor General||1973||1979||5–6 years|||
|5||Robert James NeishMajor General||1979||1990||10–11 years|||
|6||Peter Lorenzo BradyRear Admiral||1990||1998||7–8 years|||
|7||John I SimmondsMajor General||1998||2002||3–4 years|||
|8||Hardley M LewinRear Admiral||2002||2007||4–5 years|||
|9||Stewart Emerson SaundersMajor General||2007||2007||0 years|||
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|
|1||Stewart Emerson SaundersMajor General||2008||2010||1–2 years|||
|2||Antony Bertram AndersonMajor General||2010||1 December 2016||5–6 years|||
|3||Rocky Ricardo MeadeLieutenant General||1 December 2016||Incumbent||4 years|||
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- "HISTORY OF THE RBDF". https://rbdf.gov.bs/history/. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
- "Chief of Defence Staff: Major General Rocky R. Meade, OD, JP, PhD, MMAS, MA, BA (Hons), psc". Jamaica Defence Force. Archived from the original on February 18, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20170218225607/http://www.jdfmil.org/info/bios/officer/bio_cds_Meade.php. Retrieved 2017-02-20. "Major General Rocky Meade is Jamaica's 3rd Chief of Defence Staff and 11th Head of the JDF. He assumed the role on December 1, 2016."
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