JDF Eyes Bases In More Western Parishes

Photo by Corporal Gareth McLean

Gleaner Story Published: Friday 17 May 2019

The Montpelier, St James base will become the Jamaica Defence Force’s (JDF) western regional headquarters and training facility when it gets up and running under the leadership of the Second Battalion, Jamaica Regiment.

This was disclosed by Lieutenant General Rocky Meade, chief of defence staff of the JDF, at the official opening of the first of two buildings being constructed at the JDF’s Burke Barracks base, adjacent to the Sangster International Airport in Flankers on Tuesday.

“While we are anchoring the Second Battalion in western Jamaica, this is but one of the locations that we hope to have the Second Battalion anchored,” Meade said.

The proposed JDF western regional headquarters will be established on the grounds of the old dairy factory property in Montpelier.

“We are also looking to establish locations in the other parishes (St Elizabeth, Westmoreland, Hanover, and Trelawny) as well,” he added.

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