Warrant Officer Class One Easton Douglas
Warrant Officer Class One (WO1) Easton Douglas was born to mother Aneta Bowley and father Easton Douglas Sr on February 14, 1977, in the parish of St Andrew, Jamaica. He was educated at Mount Industry All-Age School and Oberlin High School. He is currently perusing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Security Administration and Management at the Caribbean Maritime University.
WO1 Douglas enlisted in the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) on January 27, 1997, and was trained in Intake No. 79 at the JDF Training Depot (now Caribbean Infantry Training Centre (CITC)), in Newcastle, St Andrew. Upon completing basic training in 1997, he was posted to Alpha Company, The First Battalion The Jamaica Regiment (1 JR), and worked as a Rifleman before being transferred to the Corps of Drums, Headquarter Company in 1998, where he served as Military Drummer.
In 2009 after serving as a platoon sergeant, he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and appointed the Provost Marshal for the Regimental Police, where he was primarily responsible for discipline, to include maintaining the highest level of bearing and turn-out of soldiers within 1 JR.
Later in 2009, he was posted to the Second Battalion Jamaica Regiment (2 JR), where he was appointed as the Company Quarter Master Sergeant for Bravo Company (‘B’ Coy). While at ‘B’ Coy, he also served as the Acting Company Sergeant Major on occasion, and held the appointment of Battalion Fire and Safety Officer.
In May 2011 he was detached for 2 years to the Roy P Benavidez Non-Commissioned Officer’s Academy, Fort Benning, Georgia in the United States, where he served as a Partner Nation Instructor and was appointed as the Course Director for the Non-Commissioned Officer’s Development Course (NPME-8E). He returned to Jamaica in May 2013 and later successfully completed the Warrant Officer’s Course at the Caribbean Junior Command and Staff College. He was promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer Class Two (WO2) and posted back to 1 JR, where he completed an infantry tour of duty lasting over a year.
WO1 Douglas served as the Detachment Sergeant Major (DSM) for approximately two and a half years, commencing in February 2016. As the DSM, he was the premier enlisted rank responsible for training, discipline, and the administration of recruits, instructors and other support staff posted at the Training Wing.
He was promoted to the rank of WO1, and appointed the Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) for the Combat Support Battalion in October 2018. The following year in June 2019, he was appointed the Brigade Sergeant Major (BSM) for the Caribbean Military Academy (CMA), where he currently serves.
Over his career WO1 Douglas has successfully completed various Professional Military Courses both Locally and Overseas to include:
Local Courses: Signals Cadre (1997), Drums Course (1998), Search Technique Course (1999), Potential Non-Commissioned Officer’s Course (2001), Junior Non-Commissioned Officer’s Course (2003), Sharp Shooter Course (2004), Close Protection Course (2005), Senior Non Commissioned Officer’s Course (2005), Basic Driving Course (2010), All Arms Service Funds Course (2010), Warrant Officer’s Course (2013);
Overseas Courses: French Commander Course (Guadeloupe 2004), Non-Commissioned, Officer’s Development Course (USA 2004), Advance Drill Instructor Course (Barbados 2008), Army Basic Instructor Course (USA 2011), Small Group Instructor Course (2011), Basic Army Combatives Course (USA 2011), Tactical Army Combatives Course (USA 2011). WO1 Douglas was a part of the Contingent on Calypso Hop in 1998 and 2002.
He was awarded Medals of Honour for Meritorious Service (2019), for General Service with Clasp 2018 and for Long Service and Good Conduct (2017). He is also the recipient of the United States Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service from the Department of the Army (2013).
He is married to Colleen and is the father of three children, Shania, Shaniece and Samiere. He enjoys playing Cricket and Volleyball.