KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday April 15, 2019 – The man in charge of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) is now in an international hall of fame.
Chief of defence staff Lieutenant General Rocky Meade was among three military leaders inducted into the US Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) International Hall of Fame )(IHOF) earlier this month for a myriad of accomplishments he achieved as part of his service to the army and his country.
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 the other two.
Induction into the IHOF is for international graduates of the CGSC’s Command and General Staff Officer course who have attained one of the highest positions of military importance in their country’s armed forces.
“Each achieved (IHOF) eligibility by distinguishing themselves in service to their home nation and by rising to the highest position of uniformed leadership in their respective country’s militaries,” said Brigadier Geneneral Troy Galloway, interim Army University provost and interim CGSC deputy commandant. “Inductees represent the absolute pinnacle of professional achievement as senior uniform leaders.
“The leaders that we induct today represent the finest traditions of the (CGSC),” he said. “Their respective efforts furthered the readiness of their militaries, the security of their nations, and the stability of our world. I’m extremely proud of the bonds forged here at the college and the lasting partnerships established between our nations.”
Meade, from the CGSC class of 2003, joined the Jamaica Defence Force in 1984.
He is responsible for conceptualizing and implementing multiple projects including the Flight Safety Programme, the Jamaican Military Museum, Library/Internet Café, 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. He has also launched the Caribbean Military Academy and the Caribbean Journal of Strategic and Security Studies.
Meade was appointed to his current position in December 2016. He is the second Jamaican officer in the IHOF.
“His leadership is indispensable to the modernization of the Jamaican Defence Force,” Galloway said. “Jamaica lays proud claim to being the first country to participate in the United States National Guard’s States Partnership Programme, which now includes 81 nations that participate, and they proudly continue their partnership with the District of Columbia National Guard. We are deeply honoured for the opportunity to recognize Lieutenant General Meade.”
Meade said he believes all learning experiences are valuable, and as a result, he said he had a few thoughts to share with the current CGSOC class.
“Own at least one problem in every job you take on that will define you; set goals that are possible to accomplish; create a plan but be patient, especially if you’re not yet in command; identify your key enablers and don’t compromise it; you don’t have to win every scrimmage; select loyal staff; make friends because enemies will make themselves; know your enemies’ vulnerabilities even more so than their strengths; make time for family; and cheer success but own the failures,” he said.
“(This honour) has meant a lot to me…and it all came about because of the several things I learned here from the academic programme to the interactions with families and just the way we do business here.”