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Taking on the role as head of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) is an awesome responsibility and one for which Enthrose Campbell is fully prepared. 
  Ms. Campbell, a longstanding employee of the agency, was selected for the post of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) by the Public Service Commission.                                             
Her appointment was announced on January 2 by Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister with Responsibility for Information, Hon. Robert Morgan.  
The new CEO comes to the job with a wealth of knowledge and experience in media and leadership. 
She was Director of Production from 2009 to 2017, Deputy CEO from 2017 to March 2022, and acted as CEO before her appointment. 
Ms. Campbell has also worked in several substantive positions at the agency over the years, including Editor in the Radio Department from 1996 to 1998; Senior Copy Editor, Television Department from 1998 to 2000 and Manager, Radio Department from 2000 to 2009. 
This wealth of experience means that not only does Ms. Campbell know media, but she knows the JIS, and she is ready to take the agency to greater heights. 
“It’s not new territory because I’ve been working in all the areas, so now it’s to pull everything together,” she explains. 
“With the experience in almost all the areas… it makes the job somewhat easier. You know what to look for in products and services, you know when something isn’t right and how to fix it – that is important. So, that experience, I’m happy that I have,” she notes. 
One of her goals for the agency is to maintain its sharpness in the ever-changing landscape of media by offering engaging and informative stories.  
As the information arm of the Government, JIS updates the nation on the Government’s strategic priorities on macroeconomic stability and fiscal sustainability, healthcare and wellness, social protection, education, national security, among other areas. 
Ms. Campbell maintains that while the agency carries out this mandate to tell the growth and development story of the nation, “at the same time, people should feel good listening to or reading our stories… because they’re sharp, they’re precise and engaging”. 
She informs that in this year, plans are afoot to implement more of the tools from training the agency has undertaken. 
Another focus for the new CEO is to maintain the agency’s coveted ISO 9001:2015 certification, in addition to fostering more inclusion of the diaspora in the stories produced by the JIS. She also hinted at innovative new products to be expected from the agency in the short term. 
A Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) awardee for Excellence in 2019 and the 2013 Civil Servant of the Year, Ms. Campbell declares that the JIS “will not be left behind” as new trends emerge in media.  
She points out that the agency has been increasing its presence on all major social media platforms such as TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.  
The new Social Media Department continues to be built out, the CEO notes, and recent hires include a graphic artist, digital marketing officers and content creators. This means that Jamaicans can expect to see a wealth of interesting and relatable content from the JIS, wherever they are.  
She thanks the members of the staff at the agency for their support, speaking fondly of the “excellent relationship” that she shares with her team. 
“I value my staff. When I came to my office this morning, I was blown away. They came out to meet me and, importantly, they prayed for me,” Ms. Campbell says. 
“I’m truly honoured to have been selected to work for my country at this level. It is a good feeling to know that people believe in you,” she notes. 
She adds that “it pays to work hard and to do a good job always. You’re as good as your last piece of work, so you always have to work hard at what you do, all the time. I don’t know how to do my job any other way but to do it well”.

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Initial Officer Training Programme (IOTP) provides basic military officer training to Officer Cadets (OCdts) and their equivalents from law enforcement and uniformed services. The programme falls within the tactical level of the Professional Military Education (PME) framework of armed forces and is modelled from the Royal Military Academy Sandhursts’ (RMAS) Commissioning Course.  It was designed with the direct support and guidance of RMAS Instructing and Support Staff.
Traditionally, the Jamaica Defence Force’s (JDF) longstanding partnerships with militaries across the world has seen its OCdts being trained in academies in the following countries: United States, England, Canada, China and India. Upon the return of OCdts to the JDF, there is a requirement for doctrine and operating procedure standardization due to the varying concepts and differing contents of the training they had undergone. This is normally done at the Unit level and later, through a Young Officers’ Course. The advent of COVID-19 added a new level of complexity to travel, thus negatively affecting the process of sending OCdts overseas. Additionally, the ongoing expansion and restructuring of the Force to cauterize the ballooning threats to national security has caused an increased demand for newly commissioned Second Lieutenants.
Due to the carefully adapted military and academic curricula, IOTP serves as the course to treat with the aforementioned considerations. The methodology used addresses each issue directly and the course, through the delivery of a bespoke training syllabus, is fit for the JDF and is also relevant to the militaries and organizations within the Caribbean region and in other parts of the world.
Having the RMAS approach to training at its core, IOTP is designed with a syllabus that sees male and female integration throughout training. The course focusses on developing military skills and command with a leadership ‘golden thread’. The course structure allows the Instructing Staff to educate, build, develop and scrutinize an OCdt’s ability to decide and communicate accurately and ethically while under pressure and or stress. The expectation is that on commissioning, an OCdt will be fully cognizant of the responsibilities and personal conditions that being an Officer imposes upon them. The product of the IOTP will be an ethical and robust Officer who has the knowledge, skills, attitudes and intellectual agility to adapt their decision-making process and approach to any environment.
The home of IOTP is the Caribbean Military Academy (CMA) Newcastle, which is located at the Newcastle Hill Station, St Andrew, Jamaica.
Nestled in the cool hills of upper St Andrew and amidst beautiful trees, ferns, ground orchids, delicate wild flowers and a profusion of ginger lilies, is the Newcastle
Training Depot founded in 1841 by Major General Sir William Maynard Gomm (later Field Marshall). Gomm, a veteran of the wars against revolutionary France and Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica from 1840 to 1841, relentlessly badgered the War Office in London to establish a mountain station for British soldiers in Jamaica soon after taking up his post.
The idea of the hill station was first raised by Gomm in a letter dated April 7, 1840 to Governor Sir Charles Metcalfe. Gomm pointed out that while Up Park Camp was an ideal location for a barracks, it was subject to the ravages of yellow fever. In Jamaica the
British garrison was stationed on the plain at Up Park Camp, Stony Hill, Fort Augusta and Port Royal. Here, on the average, 1 soldier died every 2½ days. According to Russell, the year 1838 was considered a ‘good’ year: only 91 men died. In 1839, 110 men perished and in the following year 121. Initially, the British government was conservative in approving a hill station for the troops in Jamaica. They were concerned about the expense of the venture.
In May 1841, London finally sanctioned Gomm’s efforts to build what is thought to be the first permanent mountain station in the British West Indies at Newcastle. The site selected was a coffee plantation protruding from the southern face of the grand ridge of the Blue Mountains. The British government paid £4,230 for the Newcastle site.
At the outbreak of World War II (1939-1945), life at Newcastle changed a little. The British regiment was replaced by Canadian regiments which remained at Newcastle for the duration of the war. With hostilities over in 1945, the Canadians left and once again a British battalion was stationed there.
In 1958, the West Indies Federation was founded and the infantry regiments of the various Caribbean islands were disbanded and reorganized into the West India Regiment. Newcastle became a training depot, training recruits from all over the West Indies as part of the
newly formed West Indies Federation. In 1962 when Federation was disbanded, the West India Regiment was also disbanded. Jamaica simultaneously sought her independence, which was achieved on August 6, 1962. With independence, Newcastle was given to the Jamaican government as part of a general settlement of all military lands in Jamaica.
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