Gender Minister, Olivia Grange, says the decision to appoint Commodore Antonette Wemyss Gorman, as the next Chief of Defence Staff of the Jamaica Defence Force is a significant leap for gender equality in Jamaica.

Commodore Wemyss Gorman, who will be promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral, will become the first woman appointed to the post.

Minister Grange says the decision serves as an inspiration to all Jamaicans.

Commodore Wemyss Gorman established the Caribbean Military Maritime Training Center and the Maritime Air and Cyber Command.

The Command includes the JDF Coast Guard, the JDF Air wing and Special Forces.

Minister Grange praised the incoming Chief of Defence Staff as a great choice for the post.

The Minister also commended outgoing Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Rocky Meade.

Olivia Grange, Gender Minister.

Commodore Wemyss Gorman’s appointment will take effect in January 2022.