Jamaica Defence Force

Vice President, Caribbean Military Academy

Lieutenant Colonel Blair F Waddington

Born in 1956, Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Waddington attended school in Ottawa Canada before joining the Canadian Forces (CF) in 1975. In the Royal Canadian Artillery, he served in various positions from commanding a M109 howitzer to directing fire as a Forward Observation Officer. Trained as a Tactical Helicopter Observer, Lt Col Waddington served with three Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) squadrons (444 Sqn, 430 Sqn and 403 Sqn) as a Tactical Helicopter Observer and instructor. Lt Col Waddington also served as an operational Forward Air Controller (FAC) in Croatia during United Nations operations in 1995.

Throughout his 22-year career with the Canadian Forces he saw a vast portion of not only Canada but also most of Europe Being posted to National Defence Headquarters Ottawa Ontario, Shilo Manitoba, Valcartier Quebec, Gagetown New Brunswick and twice to Lahr Germany.

On retirement from the Canadian Forces, he worked for two years as a military consultant for companies such as X-Wave and Bombardier Aviation.

From 1998 until 2005 Lt Col Waddington worked as Training Manager for the RCAF, International Training Programs, where he developed and implemented training programs for international customer requirements. These customers included militaries from across Europe and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

In 2006, Lt Col Waddington was asked by the Military Training Assistance Program (MTAP) to recommend possible solutions to the pilot training being provided to the Jamaica Defence Force. The solution, which he proposed led to being hired by MTAP to the establishment of the Caribbean Military Aviation School (CMAS).

Since that time, he has gone on to establish: the Caribbean Military Maritime Training Centre (CMMTC), the Joint Information Operations Centre (JIOC), the Caribbean Junior Command and Staff Collage (CJCSC) facility in Moneague and the Directorate of Training and Doctrine (DTD).

In February 2019, Lt Col Waddington was commissioned in the Jamaica Defence Force and appointed as the Vice President at the Caribbean Military Academy. As the VP he will be guiding the establishment of the first regional Military Academy, bringing all JDF training under one roof. This will allow for standardisation across the various training institutions and because these are revenue generating institutions, it will allow for training to not only to continue but also flourish for years to come.

For his work in Jamaica Lt Col Waddington has been awarded from the Government of Canada the following: Deputy Minister Commendation, Canadian Chief of Defence Staff Commendation and the Canadian Forces Medallion.

Lt Col Waddington currently lives Jamaica with his wife Leueen.