Jamaica Defence Force

Jamaica National Reserve Brigade Commander

Colonel Winston W Walcott

Colonel Winston William WALCOTT was born in Kingston on 01 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 for a short period at his Alma mater. He joined Air Jamaica in September 1989 and during his tenure completed a course in Aerospace Engineering with CAST and South Hall College of London. He did his Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Licence in Airframe and Powerplant at Quaker Institute of Aviation in Philadelphia, USA, and his Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) license in Airframe and Powerplant in Kingston, Jamaica. Lieutenant Colonel WALCOTT holds a Master’s Degree in Aviation Management from the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. At Air Jamaica, he rose from Trainee to Manager Heavy Maintenance and subsequently Manager in the Maintenance Control Centre. He presently works with Caribbean Airlines as a Senior Engineer.

He enlisted in the Third Battalion The Jamaica Regiment (National Reserve) 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 02 February 1996, Captain on 02 February 1999 and to Major on 30 June 2004. He was awarded Medal of Honour for Efficient Service in 2006 and Medal of Honour for Meritorious Service in 2009. When his predecessor retired, the Defence Board approved his appointment as Commanding Officer and promoted him to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel on 13 May 2012.

During his tenure, he served as 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 Headquarters Company, President of the Mess Committee and Second in Command of the Battalion. He also acted as Commanding Officer on several occasions.

Lieutenant WALCOTT is the father of one daughter.