Jamaica Defence Force

Executive Officer, Maritime, Air and Cyber Command

Commander A R Gayle 

Commander (Cdr) Alvin Gayle is the Executive Officer of the Maritime Air and Cyber Command (MACC), Jamaica Defence Force, a post he has held since 1 April 2022.

Before joining the staff at the MACC Headquarters, Cdr Gayle most recently served as the Commanding Officer of the 1st District Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard, a post he has held since April 2021.  He acted as the Commanding Officer from July 2020 until his substantive appointment in the post.

He was born in the parish of St. Catherine, Jamaica.  He attended St. Jago High School.  After graduating in July 2004, he enlisted directly into the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).

After enlisting in the JDF, he attended the Initial Officer (Surface Warfare) Course at the Britannia Royal Naval College – Dartmouth UK and received a Queen’s Commission in the rank of Sub-Lieutenant in the JDF.  Cdr Gayle is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Mona, the Command and Operations School United States Coast Guard Academy and the United States Naval War College.

Cdr Gayle has held several significant appointments ashore and at sea throughout his career. At sea, Cdr Gayle has served in the following assignments onboard Her Majesty’s Jamaica Ships; Navigating Officer, Executive Officer and Commanding Officer.  Onboard HMJ Ships Cdr Gayle has seen operations in Eastern and Central Caribbean, Central, South and North America and Europe.  Ashore Cdr Gayle has seen appointments as the Training Officer and Operations Officer at the 1st Dist JDF CG, Chief Navigation Instructor Caribbean Military Maritime Training Centre (CMMTC) and Commandant CMMTC.  During his tenure at the CMMTC, Cdr Gayle was instrumental in commissioning core competency training for sea-going officers. Cdr Gayle also served at the Headquarters JDF as the Staff Officer in charge of Personnel and Administration (SO1 J1) and Staff Officer in charge of Intelligence and Operations (SO1 J2/3).

Throughout his career, Cdr Gayle has attended several military courses, including Search and Rescue Operators Course, Boarding Officer’s Course, Potential Commanding Officer/Executive Officer Course and Defence Resource Management Course.

Cdr Gayle holds a Master of Science Degree in Security and Strategic Studies and a Master of Arts in Defence and Strategic Studies.

Cdr Gayle is also the recipient of the General Service Medal with Clasp.

Cdr Gayle is married to Kelly-Ann, and they have three daughters, Kendi Amara, Arianna Destinee and Kalea Ayana.  He enjoys exploring the island of Jamaica and swimming.