Lieutenant Colonel Warrenton O Dixon
Warrenton O’neil Dixon was born on 24 January 1974 at the Jubilee Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica to parents Thurburn ‘Herbert’ Dixon and Roberta ‘Gloria’ Allen. He spent the majority of his formative years living in Dallas Castle, St Andrew, where he attended Dallas All Age School before moving on via Common Entrance to one of the most prominent High Schools in Jamaica, Kingston College. He attended the University of Technology in 1993 and pursued a diploma course in Chemical Technology. Creditable performances resulted in him winning several awards throughout the course, to include Most Outstanding Student in 1994 and 1996. He graduated in 1996 and in September of that year he enrolled to be a Commissioned Officer in the JDF.
After completing the Young Officers Course at Commando Training Centre, Royal Marines in England, he returned to Jamaica and initially served as a Platoon Commander in the First Battalion The Jamaica Regiment (1JR) from 1998 to 2003. He was appointed Acting Adjutant for 1JR at varying periods between January 2004 and August 2005 while being substantively appointed Officer Commanding Support Platoon, Headquarter Company, 1JR.
He was promoted to the rank of Captain in March 2004 and served as Acting Officer Commanding Alpha, Bravo and Charlie Companies, 1 JR at varying periods between January 2006 and November 2007. In November 2007 I was appointed Operations Officer for 1 JR. He was promoted to the rank of Major in June 2008 and posted to Headquarters Jamaica Defence Force (HQ JDF), where he was appointed SO2 J7, with responsibility for Training and Doctrine for the Force until January 2011. He then returned to the posted strength of 1 JR as the Officer Commanding Headquarters Company. He also held brief appointments as Acting Commanding Officer, First Battalion Jamaica Regiment during 2012 and 2013. He was then appointment Officer Commanding Military Police Company in July 2015 and Acting Commanding Officer for the Combat Support Battalion in July 2018. On his promotion to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel on 22 November 2018, he was substantively appointed as the Commanding Officer of the Combat Support Battalion. While still commanding the Combat Support Battalion, he was appointed the Acting Commanding Officer of the newly formed Fourth Battalion The Jamaica Regiment (4JR) on 01 June 2019. He relinquished command of Combat Support Battalion on 30 June 2019 and was substantively appointed as the Commanding Officer of 4JR when it assumed Initial Operational Capability on 01 July 2019 and relinquished this appointment on 01 Jul 2020. He temporarily returned to serve as the Acting Commanding Officer of 1JR from 01 May to 30 June 2020 before being appointed Executive Officer (XO) of The Jamaica Regiment Brigade on 01 July 2020.
Lt Col Dixon successfully completed several military courses, including Caribbean Junior Command Staff College (CJCSC), the Canadian Land Forces Junior Command and Staff Course, and Senior Command and Staff Course at the United States Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. He has also served as a Directing Staff and Chief Instructor at CJCSC. He has also been awarded the Medals of Honour for Meritorious Service, Long Service and Good Conduct, and for General Service.
Lt Col DIXON was elected President of the Jamaica Volleyball Association (JaVA) in 2009 and held that office until 2013. After stepping down from the presidency he opted to serve with the Association as their Schools Development Manager, a position he held until July 2015. He was elected 2nd Vice President of the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) in 2011and appointed a Board Member of North, Central America and the Caribbean (NORCECA) Volleyball Confederation in November 2013. He relinquished both appointments in November 2019.
Lt Col Dixon has served as a Board Member of the Possibility Program, which seek to assist street children to improve their lives. He has also served as Vice President for Dolphin Swim Club, Chairman of St Theresa Preparatory School Sports Board and is currently the Chairman of the National Poppy Appeal. He is an avid sports enthusiast who believes in the value of competition. He has played on a number of teams, in a number of sports, to varying measures of success. His hobbies are tennis, volleyball, table tennis, cricket, football, “bird” watching, and mentorship.