Lieutenant Colonel Roderick Williams, MA, MSc, BSc (Hons), psc (j)
Lieutenant Colonel Roderick Williams joined the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in 1991 and was commissioned in the rank of Second Lieutenant in April the following year. Over the period April 1992 to July 1993, he completed Initial Officer Training in the United Kingdom (UK) and on returning to Jamaica, he was posted to the Infantry and was subsequently promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in November 1994, Captain in January 1998, Major with effect from January 2002 and then to his present rank in April 2013.
The other professional courses and programmes that he has attended to date include: the Canadian Security Studies Programme, held at the Centre for National Security Studies, Canadian Forces College, Toronto Canada in May 2013; the Advanced Command and Staff Course, held at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Shrivenham, UK, between September 2008 and July 2009; the Caribbean Defence & Security Course, held at the Centre for Hemispheric Defence Studies, National Defence University, Washington D.C., USA in May 2008; the Civil Military Responses to Global Terrorism Course, held at the Centre for Civil-Military Relations, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, USA, in 2007; the United Nations Military Observers’ Course held at the Peace Support Training Centre, Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Kingston in Ontario Canada, during September 2001; a Service Funds Accounting Course, held at Up Park Camp, Kingston, Jamaica, in 1998; the Infantry Officers’ Advanced Course , held at the United States Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia, USA, in 1996; and the Jamaica Junior Command and Staff Course (JJCSC), held at the Newcastle Hill Station, St. Andrew, Jamaica, also in 1996.
Lieutenant Colonel Williams also holds a Master of Arts degree in Defence Studies from King’s College London, in addition to a Master of Science degree in Computer-Based Management Information Systems and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Studies (Major) and Accounting (Major) from the University of the West Indies. He also holds a post-graduate diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership from the UK’s Chartered Management Institute.
During the earlier portion of his career, he has held the following appointments: Infantry Platoon Commander; Liaison Officer – 3rd CARICOM Battalion, Multi-National Force (MNF), in Haiti; Intelligence Officer – 3rd CARICOM Battalion, United Nations Mission in Haiti (UNMIH); and Adjutant – Second Battalion the Jamaica Regiment (2JR). In the latter portion, to date, the following appointments were held: Officer Commanding several rifle companies in the Jamaica Regiment; Assistant Staff Officer Administration (Personnel) at Headquarters Jamaica Defence Force (HQ JDF); the Officer Commanding Headquarter Company, 2JR; Directing Staff at the Caribbean Junior Command and Staff Course (CJCSC), formerly JJCSC; Second-in-Command, 2JR; Directing Staff at the JDF Staff Training Seminar (JDF STS); Second-in-Command, of the First Battalion the Jamaica Regiment (1JR); Standards Officer CJCSC; Chief Instructor CJCSC; Second-in-Command, Combat Support Battalion; Second-in-Command, 1 Engineer Regiment (JDF); Acting Commanding Officer, Combat Support Battalion; and SO1 J5 (Strategy, Policy, Plans & Transformation) at HQ JDF.
Lieutenant Colonel Williams was awarded the Medal of Honour for General Service (Haiti) in 1995, the United Nations Peace-Keeping Medal also for service in Haiti during 1995, the Medal of Honour for Meritorious Service in 2011 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. His current interests include emergent transnational threats, cyberspace, strategic thought, and the notion of cyberspace warfare. As far as hobbies go, he enjoys reading and hiking with cricket and football being among his favourite sports to watch. Finally, he is married to Nicole and they have three young children.