Master Chief Petty Officer One Audrey A Christie
Master Chief Petty Officer 1 (MCPO 1) Audrey Christie was appointed Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) of the First Battalion the Jamaica Regiment on 1 May 2020. She is the first female to have served as a RSM in the Infantry.
MCPO 1 Christie was born in the parish of Manchester, on 4 August 1974. She attended the May Day Secondary and Junior High School, after which she enlisted in the Jamaica Defence Force on 6 February 1998. She completed her basic recruit training at the Newcastle Training Depot later named, Caribbean Infantry Training Centre (CITC), St Andrew, where her military career began. Upon completion of her recruit training, she was posted to the First District the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard (1st Dist JDF CG) where she served for fourteen (14) years.
Her service spans several Units of the Force including 1 Engineer Regiment (JDF) as the Orderly Room Sergeant, Headquarters Jamaica Defence Force as a Clerk GD, Military Intelligence Unit as Chief Clerk, the Jamaica Regiment Brigade Headquarters where she was appointed the Brigade Chief Clerk.
MCPO 1 Christie attended and completed several courses both locally and internationally to include the Advanced Drill Course conducted in Belize, NCO Professional Development course held in Fort Benning Georgia, Warrant Officers’ Course, All Arms Service Funds Course, Legal Assistant/Paralegal Training Course and Seamanship Course.
She was seconded to the Office of the Prime Minister where she assisted with the establishment of the HOPE Office in 2017. She also represented the JDF at the Women in Peace and Security Conference held in Ecuador in 2019.
Armed Forces Day Parade 2020 saw WO1 Christie being the second female to be appointed Parade RSM. She is the recipient for the Medal of Honour For Long Service and Good Conduct.
She is married to Noel Christie and the union produced two (2) children, Noel (Jr) and Natania, fifteen (15) and eleven (11) years old respectively