The Barbados Defence Force (BDF) has suffered a major blow.
Barbados TODAY has been reliably informed that Commanding Officer Major Michael Stuart Jackman was relieved of his duties on Sunday, March 6, and has been replaced by Major Wendy Yearwood, who is now acting in the post.
Today, neither Chief of Staff Colonel Alvin Quintyne nor Jackman’s successor could be reached for a comment. However, when approached one senior army officer said: “Oh dear, Oh dear. I do not want to confirm or deny the reports, but it is a fact.” The officer asked not to be identified.
No official reason has been given for Jackman’s sudden departure, which has been linked by other confidential army sources to an investigation into his conduct, in relation to two junior officers.
Major Jackman, a 29-year army veteran enlisted in the BDF on August 14, 1987.
Since then, the former Harrisonian has played an integral role in the army’s response to the prison crisis in 2005, Cricket World Cup 2007 and the Arch Cot tragedy of 2007.
Last August, he was appointed Commanding Officer of the BDF, after serving as second in command of the Barbados Regiment for two years.
Last November he also coordinated the national independence parade at the Garrison Savannah.