Colonel Winston W Walcott
Colonel Winston William Walcott was born in Kingston on 1 April 1964. During his early years, he attended Saint Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) and later the College of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST), now the University of Technology (UTECH). At CAST Colonel Walcott studied Technical Education and on completing his studies taught Engineering Science and Technical Drawing at his Alma Mater. He enlisted in the Third Battalion The Jamaica Regiment (National Reserve) (3 JR (NR)) on 24 June 1989 and was granted a commission on 28 March 1994 in the rank of Second Lieutenant. He was promoted to Lieutenant on 2 February 1996, Captain on 2 February 1999, Major on 30 June 2004, Lieutenant Colonel on 13 May 2012 and on 27 July 2018, he became the first Officer in the Jamaica National Reserve to be promoted to the rank of Colonel. Colonel Walcott is the recipient of the Medal of Honour for Efficient Service and the Medal of Honour for Meritorious Service. Since 27 July 2018, Colonel Walcott has been appointed Commander of the Jamaica National Reserve. He has held a number of other military appointments including Platoon Commander, Recruit Training Officer, Adjutant and Records Officer, Officer in Charge of Engineering Platoon, Second in Command Charlie Company, Officer Commanding Echo Company, Officer Commanding Bravo Company, Officer Commanding Headquarter Company, Second in Command 3 JR (NR) as well as Commanding Officer 3 JR (NR).
In his civilian capacity, Colonel Walcott is employed to Caribbean Airlines as a Senior Engineer. He started his career in the field of aviation in September 1989 when he joined Air Jamaica as a Trainee and rose to Manager Heavy Maintenace and during his tenure completed a course in Aerospace Engineering with CAST and South Hall College of London. He did his Federal Aviation Administration Licence in Airframe and Powerplant at Quaker Institute of Aviation in Philadelphia, USA, his Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority Licence in Airframe and Powerplant in Kingston, Jamaica and his Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority license in Trinidad. Colonel Walcott has held type ratings on several aircraft to include, Dornier 228 (Boeing B727 and B737), Air Bus A310, A319, A320, A321, A330, and A340.
Colonel Walcott holds a Master’s Degree in Aviation Management from the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. He is the father of one daughter, Sydni. He is also an avid dominoes player and is known to be a lover of football and basketball.