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Commander of the Belize Defence Force
Flag of the Belize Defence Force.svg
Flag of the Belize Defence Force
Incumbent
Brigader general Steven Ortega

since 26 January 2018
Ministry of Defence
Reports to Minister of Defence
Appointer Governor-General

The Commander of the Defence Force (CDS) is the professional head of the Belize Defence Force. He is responsible for the administration and the operational control of the Belize military. It is the highest rank military position in the country.

List of Chiefs[edit | edit source]

Commander of the Defence Force Took office Left office Time in office Ref
1
Brain W. Ayres
Ayres, BrainLieutenant colonel Brain W. Ayres197819801–2 years[1]
2
Graham London
London, GrahamLieutenant colonel Graham London198019821–2 years[1]
3
Christopher C. Galloway
Galloway, ChristopherLieutenant colonel Christopher C. Galloway198219841–2 years[1]
4
Starmer Smith
Smith, StarmerLieutenant colonel Starmer Smith198419861–2 years[1]
5
TDA Veitch
Veitch, TLieutenant colonel TDA Veitch198619881–2 years[1]
6
Romelly David
David, RomellyLieutenant colonel Romelly David198819901–2 years[1]
7
Allan Usher
Usher, AllanBrigader general Allan Usher199019954–5 years[1]
8
Earl Arthurs
Arthurs, EarlBrigader general Earl Arthurs199519971–2 years[1]
9
Robert Garcia
Garcia, RobertBrigader general Robert Garcia199720002–3 years[1]
10
Cedric Borland
Borland, CedricBrigader general Cedric Borland200020054–5 years[1]
11
Lloyd Gillett
Gillett, LloydBrigader general Lloyd Gillett200520082–3 years[1]
12
Dario Tapia
Tapia, DarioBrigader general Dario Tapia200820134–5 years[1]
13
David Nejemiah Jones
Jones, DavidBrigader general David Nejemiah Jones201326 January 20184–5 years[2]
14
Steven Ortega
Ortega, StevenBrigader general Steven Ortega26 January 2018Incumbent3 years, 177 days[1]

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