Jamaica Defence Force

Commanding Officer First Battalion The Jamaica Regiment

Lieutenant Colonel Kevron Henry

Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Kevron W Henry after leaving the Wolmers’ Trust High School for Boys, joined the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in December 1996. After basic training at the Caribbean Infantry Training Centre (then JDF Training Depot), in April 1997, he embarked on his initial officer training in the United Kingdom (UK), at the Commando Training Centre, Royal Marines (CTCRM). Upon his return to Jamaica in September 1998, he was posted to the Second Battalion the Jamaica Regiment (2 JR) as an infantry platoon commander.

Throughout his service, Lt Col Henry has held numerous infantry-based appointments in both the First and Second Battalions the Jamaica Regiment (1/2JR); he has further served as Detachment Commander Special Operations at the Combat Support Battalion (CSB). He has also held staff appointments as Training Major (active duty advisor to the Commanding Officer) Third Battalion the Jamaica Regiment(3JR), National Reserve (NR) and also on the Joint Headquarters’ JDF staff; with a particular focus on training, strategy, policies and plans. He has also held appointments with the Caribbean Military Academy (CMA) as a member of the Directing Staff of various professional military education serials and also Standards’ Officer and Chief Instructor for the Caribbean Institute of Professional Military Education (CIPME).

He has served as the Assistant Event Director and head of Secretariat for the Jamaica Military Tattoo 2012 (JMT2012), also member and Chairman of the JDF/NCTVET technical team for public safety, security and military operations competency. He has served externally as a Director on the Board of the national Sports Development Foundation (SDF) and also as a member of the Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) to the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica and a member of the Strategic Review Team for the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force (CDPF).

He holds notable military qualifications from the CTCRM, UK, the United States Marine Corps (USMC), Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS), Quantico, Virginia U.S.A., the Caribbean Junior Command and Staff College (CJCSC), Jamaica and the United States Army, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. He also holds a BSc (International Relations with Criminology) and an MSc (National Security and Strategic Studies) from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, an MSc (Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management) from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom and an MMAS (Strategic Studies) from the United States Army, Command and General Staff College. His Masters’ theses were primarily focused on natural resource scarcity and management, crisis management and a revised spectrum of conflict. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Adult Learning and Leadership with the Kansas State University.

Lt Col Henry’s operational assignments have been primarily domestic and in the Caribbean region and he is a recipient of the Medals of Honour for Meritorious Service and Long Service and Good Conduct.

His areas of academic and professional interest are military history and strategic thought, operations’ planning and execution, general history, philosophy, literature, crisis management and leadership. He is married to Alicia, who is also an active duty commissioned officer and has two children