Jamaica Defence Force

Commanding Officer Fourth Battalion The Jamaica Regiment

Lieutenant Colonel Maxwell Gordon

Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Maxwell Gordon is the Commanding Officer of the Fourth Battalion Jamaica Regiment (4 JR).  He is a graduate of the St Mary High where he was actively involved in drama, debate and the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force.

He enlisted in the JDF as a potential officer in August 2002, and undertook his initially officer training at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.  On his return to Jamaica, he was commissioned at the rank of Second Lieutenant and assigned to the First Battalion the Jamaica Regiment (1 JR).

After serving five (5) years in 1 JR in various capacities, he was transferred to Headquarters Jamaica Defence Force in 2008 and appointed Aide-de-Camp to the Chief of Defence Staff. In 2011, he was transferred to the Second Battalion the Jamaica Regiment (2 JR) where, as a captain, he acted as officer commanding (OC) Charlie Company until being promoted in December 2013 and being appointed OC.  He then went on to serve as an Assistant Staff Officer with responsibility for administration (SO2 J1) in 2014 and then appointed OC ‘B’ Coy 1 JR in 2016.  He was a member of the directing staff for the 2017 serial of the Caribbean Junior Command and Staff Course (CJCSC).  He was the Standards Officer for CJCSC 1801 and a member of the directing staff for CJCSC 1802.  In December 2018 he was posted to the JDF Air Wing and appointed Second In Command in early 2019.  On the 1st July 2020 he was appointed acting Commanding Officer of the Fourth Battalion the Jamaica Regiment (4 JR) until the 1st September 2020 when he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and appointed Commanding Officer.

Since joining the JDF he has attended and successfully completed courses at the Jamaica Constabulary Force Staff College (renamed National Police College), Caribbean Junior Command and Staff College, Jamaica; the Manoeuvre Centre of Excellence, Fort Benning, Georgia, USA and Permanent Joint Headquarter, London, UK.

Lt Col Gordon holds a National Council on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (NCTVET) National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level IV in Assessment, Bachelor of Law (Honours) (University of London) and a Master of Science (Distinction) in National Security and Strategic Studies (University of the West Indies, Mona).

He was awarded the Medal of Honour for Meritorious Service in 2018 and the Medal of Honour for General Service, 2019.