KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Pearnel Charles Jr, is urging young persons to join the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force (JCCF).
Speaking at a recent JIS 'Think Tank', he said the JCCF is one of the best vehicles to create the kind of Jamaica that the Government is moving towards in terms of a crime-free country.
Charles Jr said young Jamaicans can utilise the JCCF as a tool to aid in their development and that of the country.
THE Jamaica Combined Cadet Force (JCCF) will be staging a number of activities from November 5 to 11 in observance of Founders Week.
Speaking with the JIS News, commandant of the JCCF, Colonel Errol Johnson, said the commemoration will serve to showcase the journey and growth of the cadet force, which came into being on November 1, 1943.
The Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Senator, the Honourable Pearnel Charles Jr., on July 28, 2017 became the newest member of the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force.
Sir, we welcome you to an organization that believes in nation building through service to others. Thank you for your support, and we look forward to a long and fulfilling partnership.
“Youth in Action Building Our Nation Hand in Hand with JCCF”
The Jamaica Combined Cadet Force is no ordinary youth organization; it caters to the total development of Jamaica’s youth who are desirous of having fun and adventure while making a difference to their fellowmen, and so the 2017 Force Camp being held during the period July 15 – 29, 2017 at Munro College, St. Elizabeth, under the theme “Youth in Action, Building our Nation” sets out to do just that.
The UK’s Ministry of Defence has donated a Cessna aircraft to Jamaica’s Combined Cadet Force.
British High Commissioner to Jamaica David Fitton, who is winding down his four-year diplomatic mission to Jamaica described the occasion “a real honour.”
The aircraft came after extensive work by Combined Cadet Force volunteer Victor Beek, following a September 2015 meeting with then British Prime Minister David Cameron, who had made an official visit to the island.
At just 17 years old, Jaleel Connelly is on his way to becoming the youngest pilot in the island.
“I hope to be one of the best pilots the world will ever see,” the cadet says during a recent interview with JIS News.
Fresh out of high school, with eight Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subjects, all at Grade One, Jaleel is just one exam away from acquiring his private pilot licence.
He completed the gruelling one-year training course at the Caribbean Aviation Training Centre (CATC) located at the Tinson Pen Aerodrome in Kingston just two weeks ago.
Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Senator Pearnel Charles, Jr, is taught a dance move by Tiana Foreman (right), a participant in the Youth Summer Day Camp. At left is Noel Haye, another youngster taking part in the camp.
State minister for National Security Pearnel Charles Jr says his ministry intends to restructure, expand and re-energise the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force (JCCF) to increase its effectiveness.