Jamaica’s Chief of Defense Staff inducted in International Hall of Fame

The U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) inducted three military leaders into its International Hall of Fame at the Lewis and Clark Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas on April 4, 2019. Officers honored were Lieutenant General Rocky R. Meade, Chief of the Defense Staff, Jamaica Defense Force, 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.

Meade was recognized for a myriad of accomplishments achieved as part of his service to the JDF and people of Jamaica. Before being appointed Chief of the Defense Service in December 2016, he conceptualized 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. Among other degrees, Mead holds a Masters of Military Arts and Science degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and a PhD from the University of Amsterdam. The U.S. 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 ten 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 Dec. 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. 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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