Jamaica Defence Force

Acting Commanding Officer, First District Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard

Lieutenant Commander L Wynter

Lieutenant Commander LEONARD WYNTER is the Acting Commanding Officer for the First District Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard. Lt Cdr LEONARD WYNTER attended St Catherine High School and the University of the Westndies. He holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC) and a Master of Arts degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College. Lt Cdr LEONARD WYNTER was enlisted in the Jamaica Defence Force in June 2007. He was posted to the JDF Coast Guard after completing the International Midshipman Course at the Britannia Royal Naval College in the United Kingdom in December 2008. He served as Assistant Navigating Officer onboard HMJS CORNWALL, HMJS SURREY and HMJS MIDDLESEX and then as Navigating Officer onboard HMJS CORNWALL from 2011 to2014. He passed his First Lieutenant Examination in 2013 and was appointed Executive Officer for HMJS CORNWALL in 2014 and eventually his Ship Command examination in 2017. Lt Cdr WYNTER held several other appointments in the JDF Coast Guard and the JDF. These include Communication Officer, Operations Officer, Fire and Security Officer, Acting Officer Commanding Shore Base, the first Acting Commanding Officer Flotilla Command, Ship Captain, and Staff Officer (Operations) at the Jamaica Defence Force Headquarters. In 2009 Lt Cdr WYNTER served on board a Chilean training vessel, The ESMARALDA. Later that year, he was a member of the JDF contingent that went to Trinidad and Tobago to assist with maritime security for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). Likewise, he was a crewmember of the first JDF Coast Guard ship that was deployed to Haiti on a Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief mission after the 2010 Haitian earthquake disaster relief effort. He is a graduate of the United Coast Guard International Maritime Officer Course, United States Coast Guard Training Centre, Yorktown, Virginia, the Royal Navy Exclusive Economy Zone Course, Royal Navy Training Centre, HMS COLLINGHOOD, Fareham, UK, the Caribbean Junior Command Staff Course, Jamaica, and the United States Naval War College. Lt Cdr WYNTER is married to Kadene LEWIS-WYNTER for the last 10 years and they both share a seven-year-old daughter, LEAH Wynter.