SO1 J5 Bio

Lieutenant Colonel Maurice MATTHEWS, MMS, BSc (Hons), Psc


Lieutenant Colonel Maurice MATTHEWS joined the Jamaica Defence Force in July 1992. After completing basic recruit training and a Young Officers Orientation Course at the JDF Training Depot in Newcastle, he embarked on his commissioning course at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines in the United Kingdom.

Lieutenant Colonel MATTHEWS has held a number of appointments over the period of his service, including Platoon Commander, Engineer Troop Commander, Engineer Squadron Commander, Projects Officer, and Operations Officer of the Engineer Regiment, Directing Staff at the Caribbean Junior Command and Staff College, Battalion Second in Command, Acting Assistant Inspector General, Training Major, and the current post of SO1 J5 (Strategy, Plans and Policy).  As a Platoon Commander, he was a member of the JDF and CARICOM Contingent that operated as part of the United Nations Mission in Haiti (UNMIH) over the period March to September 1995.  His principal military training courses have been the Royal Marines Young Officers’ Course in the UK, the Caribbean Junior Command and Staff Course, the Engineer Captains’ Career Course in Missouri, USA and the Senior Command and Staff College and the Marine Corps University in Virginia, USA.

Lieutenant Colonel Maurice MATTHEWS is the recipient of the General Service Medal and the United Nations Medal for operational service in Haiti.  He has also been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal.   A past student of Cornwall College,  Lieutenant Colonel MATTHEWS holds a Diploma in Quantity Surveying, a Bachelors Degree in Construction Engineering and Management and a Master of Military Studies Degree. He is a general sports enthusiast who mostly enjoys track and field athletics and football.