PM endorses new JDF boss

December 03, 2016
Prime Minister Andrew Holness (left), congratulates Major General Rocky Meade, chief of defence staff, on his new appointment during yesterday's swearing-in at King's House in St Andrew.


Prime Minister Andrew Holness, has hailed the new chief of defence staff, Major General Rocky Meade, noting that he is very knowledgeable for the task.

Holness, who was addressing the swearing-in ceremony at King's House, on Thursday, said Meade will ensure continuation of the fine tradition of the army.

"The new chief of defence staff has the knowledge and training to continue building on the solid foundation and development trajectory that has been set by his predecessor," Holness said.

Meade succeeds Major General Antony Anderson, who has retired from the position after six years, and 32 years in the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).

Anderson has been appointed the country's first National Security Advisor.

Holness said the smooth transition of the leadership of the army speaks to the excellence of the organisation and the value of succession planning.

"I have confidence that the legacy of the JDF and its value and relevance to Jamaica will continue as new demands and circumstances arise," he added.

Holness said the army is known for discipline, and plays a strategic role in the nation's development and its security.

Meade lauded his predecessor for "sterling leadership" of the JDF, and said he will be relying on members of the JDF to provide the best possible security as the country works to achieve the 2030 development goals.

"I won't be able to accomplish this task on my own, and I look forward to guidance from the lowest to the highest levels in the army," he said.

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