Jamaica Defence Force

Commanding Officer Health Services Corps

Lieutenant Colonel Sydney M Powell

Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Sydney M Powell was enlisted in the Jamaica Defence Force in January 1998.  He served in the Third Battalion the Jamaica Regiment National Reserve (3 JR (NR)) until 2001 when he was transferred to the Regular Force.

His military appointments include: Regimental Medical Officer (RMO), Force Medical Officer (FMO), Officer Commanding (OC) Medical Company, as well as Commanding Officer (CO) and Director of the Health Services Corps (HSC).  He is the Medical Advisor to the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and has drafted several medical policies for the Force.

He received his undergraduate medical qualification, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and post graduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the University of the West Indies.

He has attended several training exercises and seminars including HIV in the military, Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons in Peru, FAHUN Exercise in Panama and Exercise Calypso Hop (UK) as well as attending the Naval Post Graduate Academy.

Lt Col Powell was deployed as Head of Medical Services to following the 2010 earthquake.  He was also a member of the Caricom Verification Mission to Haiti during the cholera outbreak.

Lt Col Powell is a Justice of the Peace and recipient of the Medal of Honour for Meritorious Service.  He has held several hospital appointments to include Chief Resident, Specialist Registrar, Gynaecology and Oncology Consultant, and Senior Medical Officer.

He is married to Sandra and is the father to four (4) children.  His hobbies include listening to music, shooting and hunting.