Warrant Officer Class One (WO1) Alwyn Forbes was born and raised in the community of Browns Town in the parish of St. Ann. Ministerial duties saw both his parents relocating to the parish of St. Mary where he spent most of his childhood years. During these years he attended both the Port Maria Infant and Primary School and sat the Common Entrance Examination in 1990 and was successful. WO1 Forbes then transitioned on to the St Mary High School for five years. In later years he attended the Caribbean Maritime Institute where he attained a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors (BSc (Hons)).
He joined the Jamaica Defence Force in January 1997 where he successfully completed his six months of initiation training at the New Castle Training Depot. He was then posted to the Second Battalion Jamaica Regiment (2JR) where he performed many duties as a rifleman for many years. In 1998 he successfully completed the Physical Training Instructor course, the French Commander, and the US Special Forces first aid training and land navigation courses. In 1999 he attended the Potential Non-Commission Officers’ course and was successful and was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal (LCpl) which saw him performing duties such as Section 2i/c and later Regimental Police (RP). In 2005 he attended the Junior Non-Commission’s Officers Course where he received top awards for placing second overall on the course. He was later promoted to the rank of Corporal that same year. In 2006 he was transferred to the Training Depot (now Caribbean Infantry Training Centre) where he spent ten (10) years of his Army Career (2006 – 2016). During this time, he demonstrated competence by training a total nine (09) recruit intakes both as recruit instructor and Platoon Sergeant, over six (06) PNCO cadre, eight (08) JNCO cadre and seven (07) SNCO cadre.
He was later transferred to the 1 Engineer Regiment (JDF) where he performed duties as the Regimental Police Provost Sergeant. His later years in his military career saw him attending many other courses such as Range Management Qualification Course (RMQC), Advance Drill Course where he earned first place and the International Urban Operation Instructor Course (IUOIC) at the Infantry Battle School in England where many forms of Urban Ops were taught and practiced.
WO1 Forbes is the lover of music. He believes strongly that music acts as a good medicine for emotional distress and the right music at the right time will sooth the mind. His extra-curricular activities include playing the Bass Guitar, playing football and is a lover of race cars. He is married and has one daughter and resides in the parish of St Ann.