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Major General Antony Anderson CD, ADC, JP, MDA, BEng (Hons), psc
Antony Anderson entered Calabar High School in September 1975 after securing a Government Scholarship for his outstanding performance in the Common Entrance Exam that year. Life at Calabar saw young Anderson following the footsteps of an older brother Gary who was two years ahead of him. Antony’s contemporaries included Cary Wiggan, John Levy and David Lee-Sin.
He recalls being positively influenced by Mrs. June Spence, who taught French, and, though not involved in track and field, was impressed by the achievements of Herb McKenley. His primary extra-curricular interest was martial arts, Taekwondo in particular. He remained active in this sport throughout high school and beyond, after being introduced to it by an older boy, Wayne Francis.
After graduating from Calabar he went on to complete a diploma in Electrical Engineering at the College of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST). He later attended the Royal Military College of Science (Cranfield University) where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and subsequently a Master's in Defence Administration.
Along the way the military called and he answered. In 1984 he entered the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and was sent off to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, England for officer training.
His military journey has seen him undertaking a series of increasingly responsible appointments at Company, Battalion and Force level. He is one of few officers to have served in multiple branches of the Force: Infantry, Engineering, Logistics and Air Wing to name a few.
ICC Cricket World Cup
In 2006, Major General Anderson, then a Colonel, deployed to Trinidad and Tobago to head the CARICOM Operations Planning and Coordinating Staff (COPACS), which was formed to develop the regional security plans for the Caribbean countries participating in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007. He later became the First Regional Operations Commander and saw to the implementation of these security plans across the Caribbean.
The role involved co-ordinating security arrangements in nine (9) Caribbean territories, all separated by water and with unique security challenges. To date it remains the largest coordinated security endeavour ever mounted in the English-speaking Caribbean.
While there Major General Anderson was consulted by security officials involved with planning for the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic Games. He regards this as a high point of his career and confirmation of the world-class skill that is available among Caribbean military leadership.
Chief of Defence Staff
By 2008 he had become the JDF’s first Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (DCDS) following a Strategic Defence Review which highlighted the necessity of this position to support the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). As DCDS he had responsibility for Force strategy, future plans and development, and the implementation of the Strategic Defence Review.
On the retirement of his predecessor in October 2010, he was appointed CDS and assumed command of the JDF. To date as CDS, Major General Anderson has overseen significant development of the Force.
He commends military life to young persons looking for a character-building challenge and an opportunity to serve their country in a unique way. He cautions though, that the military requires extraordinary commitment and young persons must have the passion for service.
The JDF under General Anderson’s leadership has done considerable work in youth development and skills training, and he remains committed to continuing this vital work even though he recognises that it requires the entire society applying themselves to get the desired results.
He is a Justice of the Peace for the parish of Kingston and in 2009 he was awarded the Order of Distinction, Officer Class (OD) and in 2012 was admitted to the Order of Distinction, Commander Class (CD) for his service to the JDF and to Jamaica. General Anderson is also appointed as Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The Calabar Old Boys’ Association is indeed proud to acknowledge the stellar career of Major General Antony Anderson and wish for him continued success in all his endeavours.