On October 12, 2017, Major General Antony Anderson was inducted into the Command and General Staff College, International Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place at the Lewis and Clark Center, Fort Lavenworth in Kansas, USA. In respect for such an honor the United States Department of Defense, through the United States Embassy, paid for transportation and boarding for the Major General.
Of the nearly 8000 graduates of the Command and General Staff Collage, just under 280 graduates have made it into the International Hall of Fame. These Hall of Famer’s are sometimes referred to as the “Elite of the elite”.
The International Hall of Fame was established 1973. It now boasts 274 members from 72 countries including 15 Heads of State. As a graduate of the class of 2000, Major General Anderson will be the sixth class of 2000 graduate to be presented this great honor. The other four graduates of the class of 2000 who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame are as follows; Brigadier G Ancil W. Antoine, Chief of Defense Staff, Trinidad and Tobago (2005), Mr. Vitali Marinuta, Minister of Defense, Moldova (2011), Lieutenant General Arturo B. Ortiz, Commanding General of the Army, Philippines (2011), and Brigadier General Indrek Sirel, Commander of the Estonian Army (2014). Among the class of 2000 there were 90 International Military Students from 79 countries. Since then, 16 are known to have attained General Officer rank.
Since the Hall of Fame was established, 22 graduates have come from Jamaica, three have attained the rank of General (Major General Rocky Meade, Chief of Defence Staff, Brigadier David Cummings, Jamaica’s current Deputy Chief of Defence Staff and Major General Antony Anderson). Major General Anderson is Jamaica’s first Hall of Fame inductee.
Major General Antony Bertram Anderson was appointed Jamaica’s first National Security Advisor on 01 December 2016. Prior to this appointment, Major General Anderson served for six years as the Chief of Defence Staff; after a two year stint as the Deputy Chief of Defence Staff with responsibility for Force strategy, future plans and development; coordination of the National Security Strategy and the implementation of the JDF’s Strategic Defence Review (SDR).
Major General Anderson’s service also included Principal Staff appointments at the Headquarters JDF. He served as Inspector General and later as Colonel General Staff, with responsibility for Force policies on operations, intelligence, training, and civil-military affairs. Major General Anderson held a number of command appointments throughout his career, including Commanding Officer for the JDF Air Wing and 1 Engineer Regiment (JDF).
In 2006, Major General Anderson 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.
Major General Anderson has been a guest presenter and panellist at the United Nations Inter-Regional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI); at Interpol Headquarters in Lyon, France; at the Organisation of American States (OAS) Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE); at the Washington-based Centre for Hemispheric Defence Studies (CHDS) and at the Halifax International Security Forum, Canada.
Major General Anderson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Defence Administration from Cranfield University, United Kingdom. General Anderson is a Director on the Board of Directors of the Heart Trust/NTA and he is also a Justice of the Peace for the parish of Kingston.