(CMR) Colonel Roger Carter has been appointed to succeed Lieutenant Colonel Simon Watson as the Commanding Officer of the Cayman Islands Regiment. He will assume the position in April.
Following an open competition that attracted a broad field of excellent candidates, a panel chaired by His Excellency Governor Martyn Roper, including Commander Robert Scotland of the Cayman Islands Coast Guard, appointed Colonel Carter.
Colonel Roger Carter was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad. He joined the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (Army) on 29 December 1989.
A highly experienced officer with significant humanitarian and disaster relief expertise, in 2011, Colonel Carter was appointed Assistant Chief Staff Officer (Operations) at the National Military Headquarters, where he was responsible for Joint, Inter-agency, and multi-national operations and management of the Inter Agency Counter Terrorism Team.
He was Defence and Military Attaché to Washington DC with accreditation to Canada and the head of Delegation to the Inter American Defense Board from 2018 to 2021.
Colonel Carter has an MSc (with distinction) in National Security and Strategic Studies from the University of the West Indies and has been pursuing a PhD in Criminology at the University of Trinidad and Tobago since 2017.
In announcing this appointment, Governor Roper expressed his gratitude to Lt Col Watson for setting the Regiment up from scratch with UK training and assistance, particularly given the global pandemic. He noted that the Regiment adds value to Cayman’s humanitarian and disaster relief efforts, providing additional resilience to our emergency services in many ways, including clearing roads, delivering first aid, desalinating seawater, and being able to feed hundreds of people using a self-sufficient solar powered kitchen.
Colonel Carter looks forward to working with the excellent men and women of the Cayman Islands Regiment.