Jamaica Defence Force

Academy Sergeant Major, Caribbean Military Academy

Warrant Officer Class One Winston Williams

Warrant Officer Class One (WO1) Winston Joshua Williams was born in the parish of St Catherine, and is a graduate ofthe Guys Hill Secondary School.

WO1 Williams enlisted in the Jamaica Defence Force National Reserve (JNR) in September 1991, and later enlisted in the Regular Force in December 1992.  He completed his basic recruit training in Up Park Camp and the Newcastle Training Depot (now Caribbean Infantry Training Center (CITC)).

Throughout his 28 years of exemplary service, WO1 Williams has completed a myriad of military courses both locally and internationally.  They include: Exercise Ocean Venture Course, Potential Non-Commissioned Officer Cadre, Junior Non-Commissioned Officer Cadre, Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Cadre, Instructors Course, Driving Cadre, All Arms Service Funds Course, Regimental Sergeant Majors’ Course, Advance Drill Course, and a Range Management Course.  In 2008 he attended the United States First Sergeant Course where he obtained a Diploma.

WO1 Williams has also participated in a number of overseas training exercises and exchanges including, Exercise Calypso Hop in England 1995, 1998 and 2000 and numerous Exercise Trade Winds held in Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana.WO1 Williams was also a member of the JDF Contingent that was deployed to Haiti in 1994 during Operation Restore Democracy under the United Nations Flag.

WO1 Williams served as an instructor at the Caribbean Infantry Training Center (CITC) from 2000 to 2013, where he trained several recruit intakes, Non-Commissioned Officer Cadres and Non- Standard Courses.  WO1 Williams was privileged to pioneer the first locally executed Range Management Course in the JDF.

WO1 Williams has held several appointments throughout his military career, these appointments include: Section 2IC, Section Commander, Platoon Sergeant, Drill Sergeant, Permanent Staff Instructor, Quarter Master Sergeant, Chief Instructor, Company Sergeant Major, Drill Sergeant Major, Training Warrant Officer, and Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) the Second Battalion the Jamaica Regiment (2 JR).

He is the proud recipient of the United Nations Medal for service in Haiti, the Medal of Honour for General Service (Local Operations), the Medal of Honour for Long Service and Good Conduct, the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Medal of Honour for Meritorious Service, the First Bar to the Medal of Honour for Long Service and Good Conduct and the Chief of Defence Commendation Medal.

WO1 Williams enjoys playing football, cricket, table tennis and volleyball.  He is the father of three daughters.