Acting Commanding Officer
First Battalion, the Jamaica Regiment (1JR).
Major Jaimie Stuart Archibald Ogilvie MSc, MMAS, BSc (Hons), psc
Major Ogilvie attended St Hugh’s Preparatory, Mona Primary, Campion College and ultimately, Wolmer’s Boys’ School, where he completed Sixth Form. He joined the Jamaica Defence Force in October 1988, one month after Hurricane Gilbert devastated Jamaica, while awaiting the reopening of the University of the West Indies where he had been enrolled in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.
After completing initial officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, England, he was posted to the Second Battalion The Jamaica Regiment, where he spent the next nine years of his service. He held the appointments of Platoon Commander, Regimental Signals Officer, Officer Commanding Support Platoon, Adjutant, Officer Commanding Bravo Company and Officer Commanding Headquarter Company, in that unit. It was during this last appointment that Major Ogilvie became the first Jamaican Officer to command Her Majesty’s Guard as he led a contingent of soldiers and officers from the Battalion to perform Public Duties at Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace in the United Kingdom in 1999.
Upon his return to Jamaica, he was posted to the Support and Services Battalion, where as Detachment Commander of the JDF Training Depot, Newcastle, he had direct responsibility and oversight for the training and professional development of over 1000 recruits and hundreds of Non-Commissioned Officers. Whilst in Newcastle, he completed his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Management at the University of the West Indies.
Between December 2003 and June 2005 Major Ogilvie completed a Master of Science in Defence Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He then served the next 18 months in 1JR as Second-in-Command and Officer Commanding Headquarter Company. He also served as the Standards Officer for the Caribbean Junior Command and Staff Course in 2006. In 2007, Major Ogilvie completed the US Army Command and General Staff College (Fort Leavenworth, Kansas), where he also read for a Master of Military Arts and Science (Strategy) degree. He served as the Training Major for the Third Battalion The Jamaica Regiment (National Reserve) for one year before taking command of 1JR in 2009.
Maj Ogilvie has been awarded the General Service Medal and the United Nations Medal for service in Haiti, under the United Nations Peace Keeping Mission in 1995.
Major Ogilvie is a Christian and worships at Swallowfield Chapel. He is also an ardent sportsman, who represented the JDF in football and squash. He enjoys traveling, reading, playing scrabble, meeting people and listening to good music. A consummate family man, Major Ogilvie is married to Joanna (daughter of another retired JDF officer- Lt Cdr John McFarlane), and they have three daughters, Ileana, Jordan and Isabel, and two sons, David-Benjamin and Peter-John.