Tuesday 23 July, 2019

Meade inducted into US Army college International Hall of Fame

Lieutenant General Rocky Meade, Chief of the Defence Staff, Jamaica Defence Force receives his induction award from Brigadier General Troy Galloway, Deputy Commanding General, Army National Guard, US Army Combined Arms Center. (PHOTO: Contributed)

Lieutenant General Rocky Meade, Chief of the Defence Staff, Jamaica Defence Force receives his induction award from Brigadier General Troy Galloway, Deputy Commanding General, Army National Guard, US Army Combined Arms Center. (PHOTO: Contributed)

Chief of Defence Staff for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Major General Rocky Meade was last Thursday among three military leaders to be inducted into the US Army’s Command and General Staff College (CGSC) International Hall of Fame.

The ceremony was held at the Lewis and Clark Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. General Bari del Valle Sosa, Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces of Argentina and General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army were also honoured.
 
Meade was recognised for a myriad of accomplishments achieved as part of his service to the JDF and people of Jamaica, according to the US Embassy in a news release. 

Before being appointed Chief of the Defence Service in December 2016, he conceptualised and implemented a number of projects including the Flight Safety Program, the Jamaican Military Museum, the JDF Language Lab, the JDF Farm, the JDF Technical Training Institute, the Accreditation Project, the Caribbean Grand Strategy Seminar, the All Arms Magazine and the Moneague Papers, the release said.

Among other degrees, Meade holds a Masters of Military Arts and Science degree from the US Army Command and General Staff College and a PhD from the University of Amsterdam. The US Embassy’s Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché Lieutenant Colonel, Pablo Raggio accompanied him to the ceremony.  
 
Sosa is the first International Hall of Fame inductee from the 1995 Command and General Staff Officers Course and the third from Argentina. Rawat, is the fourth inductee from CGSOC class of 1997 and the second inductee from India. He spent 10 years of his 37-year military career conducting counter insurgency operations and was appointed as the 27th Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army on December 17, 2016. 
 
The CGSC International Hall of Fame was established by the college, the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars and the CGSC Foundation in 1973.

To be nominated for the International Hall of Fame an officer must be a graduate of CGSC and have attained, by merit, the position of leader of his or her country’s army or defense forces. In addition to being inducted into the Hall of Fame, inductees are presented a CGSC certificate of honor by the Military Order of the World Wars and a Life Constituent Certificate by the Foundation. u

Fifteen International Hall of Fame members have gone on to be heads of state or heads of government in their countries. The organization has honored more than 280 leaders from the more than 8,000 international CGSC graduates.

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