Major Yohann Simpson
Major Yohann St. George Simpson joined the
Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) on July 05, 2002. He
completed his Initial Officer Training at the
Royal Air Force College Cranwell in the United
Kingdom (UK). His basic training also included
Operational Studies at the Britannia Royal Naval
College, Initial Range Qualification at the Royal
Military Academy Sandhurst, Initial Officer Training at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines,
Infantry and Live Firing Tactical Taining Qualification at the Infantry Battle School, and Battle Camp in Malawi, East Africa. He completed the Caribbean Junior Command and Staff Course (CJCSC) in Moneague, St. Ann in 2009, and the Army Operations Course at the Canadian Army Command and Staff College in Kingston, Ontario in 2010. He is a
qualified Training Development Officer (TDO), and served as the Assistant Staff Officer in the J5 Branch of Headquarters, Jamaica Defence Force,
where he drafted policies, strategies, and plans that shape the JDF’s future operations. He later served as the Officer Commanding Charlie Company, The First Battalion The Jamaica Regiment (1 JR), during which he was also a member of the Directing Staff of the CJCSC at the Caribbean Institute of Professional Military Education (CIPME). Administrative, operational and training roles filled during his service include Platoon Command in the infantry, Public Duties in London (Buckingham Palace, St James’ Palace, Windsor Castle and the Tower of London), Administrative Officer of the JDF Coast Guard and the Military Training Wing (then the JDF Training Depot), Training Officer, Aide-De-Camp to the Governor General of Jamaica, Adjutant of the Support and Services Battalion, Secretary of the JDF Sports Board, and the Training Major for the Third Battalion The Jamaica Regiment (National Reserve). Major Simpson currently serves as the Acting Commanding Officer of the Combat Support Battalion, having been appointed on 01 July 2019. He is also the Force Shooting Officer, and was recently a member of the Directing Staff for CJCSC, Part One (Part Time) until 26 June 2019. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science, with Minors in Criminology and International Relations from the University of the West Indies; a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of London, and a Master of Science Degree in National
Security and Strategic Studies from the University of the West Indies. He was awarded the Medal of Honour for Meritorious Service in May 2018, and the Medal of Honour for General Service (Clasp JAMAICA 2018) in May 2019. Major SIMPSON also serves as a Justice of the Peace for the parish of St Andrew, having been commissioned on Wednesday 2 October 2019.
He has to date published two articles in the Caribbean Journal of Security and Strategic Studies; namely, “Examining the Notion of the Arms Race, its Changing Reality and its Relevance in Explaining the Existing Caribbean Landscape”, 2016 and “Venezuela in Crisis – Examining its Development and the Possible Impact on the Caribbean Going Forward”, 2019. His interests
include travelling, reading, history, swimming, personal development and art.