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  • Title: Welcome
    Descriptive info: .. 62 Reserve Artillery Regiment - The (part) time of your life.. We are now actively recruiting - Register your interest.. here.. and we will make contact.. Visit our Blog.. Employers.. learn about our sponsor programme.. Ex and Retired Members.. click.. Downloads Page.. - Application form, information leaflets and more.. Upcoming Events.. Visit us any Tuesday night ,that we are training, at 8pm.. We have two.. training centres.. Past Events.. Mar '09 - FIBUA EX in Donegal.. Photo Album.. May '08 - Military Vehicle Club of Ireland - Curragh Show,  ...   for RTE news report on a 2 Eastern Reserve Brigade training exercise.. 62 Reserve Artillery Regiment is an Army Reserve combat support unit of 2 Eastern Reserve Brigade and draws its members from North Dublin and County Kildare.. Potential recruits can access information from our.. Recruitment.. page.. We also have pages dedicated to.. employers.. and those involved in.. careers guidance.. Site design and management by 29a.. |Home|.. |.. About Us.. Careers Guidance.. Our Equipment.. About Our Brigade.. About the Army Reserve.. Web Links.. News.. Contact Us / Map.. Site Map..

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  • Title: About Us
    Descriptive info: 62 Reserve Artillery Regiment.. Watch 2 Reserve Brigade exercise on RTE News.. What did you get up to last weekend? I.. f it involved getting together with 400 or so Army Reserve personnel for an all arms battle exercise, being part of a covert artillery observation team inserted by helicopter, using thermal imaging and night vision equipment to gather information on the enemy or being part of a 105mm gun crew, then you already know of the unique challenges and attractions of an Army Reserve Artillery unit.. If not, then maybe you should check it out.. As a part time force receiving professional paid military training, your time in the reserve will bring experiences and challenges that will draw upon your physical and mental abilities.. If you're interested you can come and visit us in action.. Open Days in The  ...   so.. contact us.. in plenty of time.. 62 Reserve Artillery Regiment is now recruiting new members.. 62 Reserve Artillery Regiment.. is a combat support unit of.. 2 Eastern Reserve Brigade.. With field gun batteries in the Defence Forces Training Center in the Curragh, Co.. Kildare and at McKee Barracks in Dublin City, our unit draws its members from all walks of life in the Kildare, Offaly and North Dublin areas.. Artillery is known as the King of the battlefield and for good reason.. Our support to the Brigade starts with gathering battlefield intelligence by inserting covert observation posts close to the enemy, and follows through to developing and firing 'fire support' plans in support of offensive, defensive and retrograde operations.. Do you see value in employing Reservists?.. YES!.. Don't know.. no.. View Results.. Sign Guestbook.. |.. View Entries.. Home.. |About Us|..

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  • Title: Recruitment
    Descriptive info: Request Recruitment Information.. or download an application form.. All enquiries in relation to enlistment in Reserve Forces as a Recruit should be made to the nearest Reserve Forces Unit HQ.. If you live, work or attend college in Kildare/Offaly or North Dublin, your nearest Army Reserve Unit is 62 Reserve Artillery Regiment.. Females and Males aged over 17 and under 35 are eligible to apply for enlistment in 62 Reserve Artillery Regiment.. All applicants must be a minimum height of 5'2" (155cm).. Any offer on enlistment in Reserve Forces is conditional on the passing of a medical examination.. Membership of the Reserve Force is open to all Irish and EU citizens.. Membership is also open to Non-EU nationals who posses a valid green book or Certificate of Residence from the.. Dept.. of Justice Equality and Law Reform.. Army Reserve 1.. 05's under cam nets.. Army Reserve Training exercise - Glen Imaal.. Artillery Live Firing exercise - Glen Imaal.. Enlistment Process.. Application Form.. Each potential Army Reserve recruit must complete and sign an application form providing basic personal details.. Download Part I.. Fill this in and eithre post it to us, or call in with in any Tuesday night and we will get you to fill in Part II.. Security Clearance.. All applicants must be security cleared by An Garda Síochana.. The application form contains the details required by the Gardaí.. This process can take a number of weeks to complete.. In the event that an applicant is deemed to be unsuitable, we are not given any details.. Medical Examination.. The medical examination consists of two parts.. The first part checks eyesight, colour blindness, hearing, respiratoty function and weight and height measurements.. The second part is a general health check, medical history, blood pressure etc.. While there is no physical fitness test, applicants must be in good physical condition.. Attestation.. Once the security and medical checks have been completed applicants can be attested.. This process involves some more form filling and then an oath or declaration of loyalty.. At this stage the applicant becomes a recruit and will be issued with an army number and clothing over the next couple of weeks prior to koining a Recruit Training course.. Applying for enlistment into 62 Reserve Artillery Regiment.. To apply, an application form must be filled in and two passport photographs and a copy of your birth certificate supplied (You must bring your original birth certificate, we will photocopy it and hand you back the original).. As detailed above, a potential recruit undergoes a routine medical examination and security clearance review prior to being attested.. Once your army number is made available to us, we can organise to issue you with your uniform and other items of kit.. The process from submitting your application, to being issued with your kit can take up to 8 weeks.. During this time you can attend on Tuesday nights in civilian dress and will undergo induction training which will include accompanying the unit on field exercises where appropriate.. You will be asked to sign a disclaimer before you can undergo induction training.. You can download part I of our application form below (as part of the recruitment brochure download).. Return this to us and we will make contact to organise to get you  ...   be appointed to be an officer in the force subject to certain conditions such as age, medical grading etc.. English Language Proficiency.. An applicant may be required to undergo a written and/or verbal examination to prove that he/she has a satisfactory level of English that will enable such a person to become an efficient soldier.. This examination will be conducted under the supervision of RDF Head Quarters Staff.. An applicant who fails to pass this examination will be advised accordingly and the application will be refused.. Circumstances which would make a person ineligible for enlistment.. Discharged previously from the PDF or RDF on medical grounds.. A person who is already serving in the PDF, An Garda Síochána, or a member of a foreign military service.. A person convicted by a civil court of a serious offence.. 62 Reserve Artillery Regiment Training Commitment.. Our yearly training occurs in two blocks.. From February to July and from September to November.. During these periods our unit trains on Tuesday nights between 8.. 00 pm and 10.. 00 pm.. We complete a two week full time training period in July, and a one week full time training period in November.. Additionally we train over approximately 5 weekends during the year.. Outside of this, members may have the opportunity to complete career courses at Brigade or with one of the Army schools.. Commitment is voluntary and allowances are made for exams and civilian employment / college.. Members are paid for all periods of full time training.. In addition, once each year (in December) a 'gratuity' is paid to members who have attended a certain number of unpaid training hours during the year.. All trained soldiers must qualify every year on the Steyr AUG assault rifle.. This means spending a number of weeks conducting refresher training on safety, handling, care and cleaning, and range procedures for the weapon.. Then spending a day or two on the firing range in order to qualify on the weapon.. But it gets better, as your training advances in 62 Reserve Artillery Regiment you will be introduced to a number of different weapons systems ranging from pistols and grenades to the general purpose machine gun, anti tank weapons and all the way up to our own artillery weapons.. HK USP.. Steyr AUG.. FN MAG.. Carl Gustav AT4.. You will also become skilled at operating such equipment as the Laser Range Finder, Total Station surveying equipment, Global Positioning Systems, radio equipment, night vision and thermal image intensifiers.. You will learn how to operate with and deploy from helicopters.. We also offer drivers courses and courses in various administration duties within the Regiment.. Your Army Reserve military training includes the following:.. Foot Drill and Arms Drill.. Tactical (Combat) Training - fighting and reconnissance patrolling, covert observation posts, ambushes,.. Fieldcraft.. Weapons Training and Shooting.. Navigation and Orienteering.. First Aid Training.. Ceremonial Duties.. Survival Training and personal administration in the field.. Signals Training.. Confidence and Leadership Training.. Artillery training.. Drivers course.. Paid Full Time Training and Duties.. If you're interested in a career in the Irish Army Reserve, why not drop in to one of our.. centres.. on a training night and we'll be happy to show you around and answer your questions.. Contact us and we'll tell you where and when.. |Recruitment|..

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  • Title: Careers Guidance
    Descriptive info: Do you advise young people on their career options?.. 62 Reserve.. Artillery Regiment is built upon a proud tradition of military service within the Kildare / Offaly and North Dublin areas.. Over the years many past pupils from schools in these counties have served with us with distinction and have benefited from the training and opportunities we provide.. For information about our Sponsor Employer Programme,.. click here.. To download information packs,.. For many of our younger members, joining the Army Reserve provides them with their first experience of responsibility, both to themselves and others.. Army Reserve training is designed to be realistic and meaningful, develops the individual, and builds confidence and leadership skills.. It puts people in positions of  ...   Permanent Defence Forces.. "One aspect of the personnel who serve in 62 Reserve Artillery Regiment, which we are very proud of, is: Not one of our members has ever failed the Defence Forces Compulsory Random Drugs Test.. 62 Reserve Artillery Regiment was tested as recently as July 2007.. ".. To request a school / college / youth club visit by one of our personnel, please.. request it here.. We will call you shortly to answer your questions and arrange a visit if appropriate.. Typically these visits take about half an hour and entail a short presentation on the Army Reserve and our Unit and its role in the Defence Forces,.. followed by a questions and answers session.. |Careers Guidance|..

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  • Title: Employers
    Descriptive info: Do you employ Reservists?.. If so, perhaps you would like to take a few moments to review just some of the many benefits that Army Reserve training can offer your organisation.. Review our Sponsor Employers page.. or request information on the benefits of joining our programme.. Sponsor Employers are known and respected supporters of Reserve employees in our catchment areas.. Information leaflet available.. Transferable skills.. Training and serving in 62 Reserve Artillery Regiment enables people to develop skills and qualities that can be transferred directly to the civilian workplace.. Core skills.. Team working, self-confidence, leadership qualities, reliability and respect for diversity are skills and qualities that all Reservists develop - skills and qualities that are highly prized by employers.. Practical skills.. Training in first aid and health and safety makes members of 62 Reserve Artillery Regiment quick to respond when an accident happens at work.. Weapons drill and parade  ...   complete a Health and Safety Manual Handling course annually, and every training exercise is evaluated by reservists in a Safety Hazard Risk Assesment.. Personal skills.. Attributes such as organisational loyalty, reliability, integrity and confidence are less easy to measure, but thanks to their training and practical experience, reservists have them in abundance.. All Army Reservists are given the chance to train in adventurous and physically demanding activities such as rock climbing, abseiling, trekking and hill walking, The Reserve Forces place a high value on such activities because they are character-building and help develp fitness, self-confidence, determination and perseverance.. They also teach individuals how to lead or work within a team, solve problems, communicate, present ideas and organise a complex event or process.. “No member of 62 Reserve Artillery Regiment has ever failed the Defence Forces Compulsory Random Drugs Test.. The Unit was tested as recently as July 2007.. ”.. |Employers|..

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  • Title: Our Equipment
    Descriptive info: Late Late Show.. Chad Deployment and Army Equipment.. view video clips here.. Our weaponry and equipment.. HK USP - Pistol - 9 mm.. Steyr AUG - Assault Rifle - 5.. 56 mm.. FN MAG - Machine Gun - 7.. 62mm.. AT4 - Anti Tank Weapon - 84mm.. AT4.. Steyr AUG - Range Practice.. AT4 - Loading.. FN MAG - Sustained Fire Role.. DPM Smock.. Combat Equipment - Fighting Order.. Bergen.. LUCIE - Night Vision.. Gun Towers.. 105mm Light Gun Battery.. 105mm L119 Light Gun.. Nissan Patrol.. Laser Range Finder.. KITE SIGHT - Night Vision Equipment for Steyr.. SINCGAR -  ...   24-hour ration pack is designed to provide all of the nutritional requirements of an Army Reserve soldier participating in operations or exercises over a 24-hour period.. Each pack consists of a breakfast, lunch, main meal, desert, various snacks and condiments and depending on the menu type will provide between 3,500 and 4,500 kilocalories of energy.. The current 24-hour ration pack is the result of nutritional research, military field testing and is constantly evolving based on the feedback gathered from the soldiers who eat the ration packs, whether they be involved on exercises or operations in Ireland or overseas.. |Our Equipment|..

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  • Title: About Our Brigade
    Descriptive info: 2 Eastern Reserve Brigade is affiliated with the 2 Eastern Brigade of the Permanent Defence Force.. In this capacity it may be called upon to provide support in security and administrative roles in the counties of Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Monaghan, Meath and Wicklow.. 2 Eastern Reserve Brigade regularly conducts combined training, recently completing an all arms batallion level  ...   2 Eastern Reserve Brigade is an all arms Brigade consisting of combat, combat support and combat service support elements.. Such elements include units of Infantry, Artillery, Cavalry, Engineers, Communications, Military Police, Engineers and Logistics.. These units are spread throughout the Brigades' designated area of territorial responsibility.. The Brigade Headquarters is located in Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin.. |About Our Brigade|..

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  • Title: About the Army Reserve
    Descriptive info: Roles of the Irish Army Reserve.. The Reserve Defence Forces (RDF) roles are those assigned to the Permanent Defence Forces (PDF):.. Defence against armed aggression.. Aid to the Civil Power.. Participation in Peace Support Operations.. Fishery Protection.. Other duties which may be assigned by Government.. Tasks are assigned to the.. RDF.. to support the.. PDF.. in fulfilling these roles.. These include:.. Augmentation/reinforcement of the PDF.. Provision of logistic support.. Provision of armed escorts.. Augmentation of Naval Service on fishery protection patrols.. Staffing of Military Posts during periods of PDF deployment.. Radiological Monitoring.. Ceremonial Duties at national and local  ...   plus the Reserve Defence Forces Training Authority.. The brigades mirror the organisation of the Permanent Defence Force and each unit within the Reserve Brigades has an affiliated Permanent Defence Force unit with which it has a direct working and support relationship.. History of the Irish Army Reserve -.. History of the Reserve Defence Forces on wikipedia.. Irish Defence Forces Rank Markings.. 2 Star Gunner.. 3 Star Gunner.. Corporal.. Sergeant.. Battery Quarter.. Master Sergeant.. Battery Sergeant.. Regimental Quarter.. Regimental.. Sergeant Major.. 2nd Lieutenant.. Lieutenant.. Captain.. Commandant.. Lieutenant Colonel.. Colonel.. Brigadier General.. Major General.. Lieutenant General.. |About the Army Reserve|..

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  • Title: Web Links
    Descriptive info: Irish Military News.. RTE - 2 Eastern Reserve Brigade Exercise.. RTE - Army Reconnaissance Mission to Chad.. Irish Military Sites.. 62 Reserve CIS Company.. Irish Defence Forces Site.. Department of Defence.. 1 Southern Brigade Reserve Forces.. International Artillery Community.. **New.. Global Gunners Website.. New**.. 7 Bty - Royal Australian Artillery.. Norwegian Artillery Officers  ...   Assoc.. - Korean War.. Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.. US Field Artillery Association.. Royal Australian Artillery Association - Western Australia.. Guns of Western Australia.. Muzzle Flashes - Shots frm the Kiwi Gunners.. Other links.. Irish Military Vehicle Club.. Curragh History Website.. Irish Combat Accessories.. Irish Air Pictures.. Kildare Youth Services.. Climate Change.. |Web Links|..

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  • Title: News and Events
    Descriptive info: 14/01/2009 - New weapon system.. 62 Reserve Artillery Regiment will soon take delivery of its compliment of the new 120mm mortar.. A number of personnel have already completed conversion courses with the Artillery School, with the next course to be run shortly.. Go to Top.. 10/09/2008 - New CO of 62 Regiment.. Comdt.. Darragh McKevitt takes over as Commanding Officer 62 Reserve Artillery Regiment from Comdt.. David Campion.. 02/09/2008 - 62 Regiment opens for recruitment.. 62 Reserve Artillery Regiment restarted training on Tuesday 2nd September, and opens its doors to potential recruits for the 2008 - 2009 recruitment year today.. Those interested in joining can download part I of the application form.. Inductees already in process are reimnded that Induction training continues pending finalisation of their applications.. Medical exams are currently being booked, so those awaiting medicals should ensure they are available.. Potential recruits are reminded to bring 2 passport photographs and an original birth certificate with them, and are invited to visit us any Tuesday night between 8 and 10 pm.. Make contact through our website for directions or if you have any questions.. 13/08/2008 Air Operation in Chad.. MORE THAN 100 Irish troops serving in Chad have begun a major airborne operation on the border region with Sudan in a bid to shore up security in rural regions close to Darfur.. The Irish troops, around 125 of whom are involved in the latest operation, were airlifted from their camp at Goz Beida in eastern Chad at first light yesterday morning and deployed by helicopter to five locations.. After overnighting on the outskirts of local villages, the troops were due to be collected by helicopter again today and deployed to other locations along the Chad-Sudan border.. The airborne exercise will allow the Irish to visit a much larger area of Chad in the next week to 10 days than would have been possible by travelling overland.. The troops will trek up to 10km per day in an effort to explore as large an area as possible.. They will meet local village chiefs and representatives of NGOs working in the area.. They will also distribute literature in French and Arabic to locals, explaining the purpose of their EUfor peace enforcement mission in Chad.. The soldiers will be re-supplied by a fleet of French and Polish helicopters as well as some Russian-owned helicopters leased by the Irish serving with EUfor in Chad.. Sources have described the deployment as a "major impact" operation aimed at demonstrating EUfor's strength in the region.. It is designed to reassure locals that a major, well-equipped force is on hand to protect them while at the same time acting as a show of strength to any rebel groups in the Chad/Sudan border area.. The airborne deployment is taking place as a group of up to 5,000 heavily armed rebels are gathering just over the Sudanese border.. The reason they are gathering is unclear, but much smaller rebel groups have been responsible for unrest in the Irish area of operation in recent months.. 25/07/2008 2 Eastern Reserve Brigade exercise.. 2 Eastern Brigade relocated to the wicklow mountains to conduct a major Brigade level exercise.. Its mission was to advance to secure the towns of Aughavanagh, Rathdrum and Laragh.. Combined with a live Brigade fire support plan involving 25 pdrs, 81mm mortars, 60 mm mortars,.. 5 Heavy Machine Guns and General Purpose Machine Guns in the sustained fire role, Cavalry and other support weapons, the Brigade also deployed a Forward Air Controller to co-ordinate Fighter Ground Attack aircraft and Helicopters simulating Hellfire missile strikes.. The Army Air Corps deployed helicopters with the pilots directing artillery fire from 62 Reserve Artillery Regiment.. All Brigade units were represented and Batallion and Brigade staff command posts deployed.. 09/06/2008 Defence Forces Commissioning.. The Minister for Defence, Mr.. Willie O’Dea T.. D.. , accompanied by the Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Dermot Earley will attend the commissioning ceremony of 25 new officers being commissioned from the enlisted ranks at the Defence Forces Training Centre, Curragh Camp, Co.. Kildare on Tuesday 10th June 2008 at 3.. 00 p.. m.. A wealth of experience comes from within the ranks of these new officers with an average of four overseas tours of duty and 17 years military service each.. The new officers come from all corps in the Army and from the Air Corps and Naval Service.. Among the one female and 24 male new officers, three are graduates and four have previous service with the Army Ranger Wing.. In receiving this Presidential commission the new officers will take an oath of allegiance in which they will swear to be “faithful to Ireland and loyal to the Constitution”.. These new officers will bring their vast military experience to bear immediately upon commissioning, following their 10 months intensive officer training at The Cadet School, Military College.. 27/05/2008 Recce Troops in Chad.. Reconnaissance troops from the 97 Infantry Battalion have commenced patrols in their area of operations from Camp Ciara.. These are being done in conjunction with soldiers from the Army Ranger Wing who have been deployed since February.. This familiarisation will continue until the Rangers withdraw early next month.. While troops have been well received by locals there is no complacency in their operations.. In a climatically harsh environment troops are adjusting to life in Chad and conditions in Camp Ciara are improving daily as more equipment is put into operation.. Link to RTE World Report.. 11/05/2008 62 Regiment Display.. 62 Reserve Artillery Regiment deploys today at the Curragh Racecourse as part of the.. Military Vehicle Club of Ireland.. annual show.. On display.. will be 2 105 L119 Light Guns plus various other items of.. equipment.. including the Laser Range Finder, Thermal Imaging and Night Vision Equipment.. A small arms display will include 2 FN MAG Machine Guns, an 84mm Anti Tank Gun, Steyr Rifles, and the new HK Pistol.. Start time is 10.. 00.. 30/04/2008 Western Brigade are Chad bound.. accompanied by the Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Dermot Earley will review the 97th Infantry Battalion bound for overseas service with the EU Force in Chad and the Central African Republic (EUFOR Chad/CAR) at a parade at Finner Camp, Ballyshannon, Co.. Donegal on Thursday 1st May 2008 at 2.. The 388 strong contingent, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Paddy McDaniel, is drawn mainly from the 4th Western Brigade for this four month tour of duty.. The Defence Forces’ troop contribution commenced in Chad on 21 February 2008 with the deployment of elements from the Army Ranger Wing (ARW).. The mission is designed to protect over 400,000 refugees and internally displaced persons (IDP’s) in eastern Chad thereby alleviating an ongoing humanitarian crisis.. The ultimate aim of UN Security Council Resolution 1778 is to create the conditions whereby these refugees and IDP’s can return to their homes.. Lieutenant General Pat Nash is in overall command of this mission that will have an eventual strength of 3,700 troops from 18 EU nations.. 229 Irish personnel including engineers, logisticians and members of the ARW are already deployed in Goz Beida in south eastern Chad.. The troops have established a footprint for a main operating base where our soldiers will operate from, along with 60 Dutch Marines.. 29/02/2008 2 Eastern Reserve Brigade exercise.. 2 Eastern Reserve Brigade Headquarters relocated to Wicklow today as part of a 48 hour combined arms offensive exercise.. All of the Brigade units were represented carrying out their various functions.. Units of Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery, Communications and Information systems, Military Police, Field Medical, Combat Engineers and Air Corps took part.. 'Enemy' was provided by 1 and HQ Batteries 62 Reserve Artillery Regiment from Dublin who dug in on 'The Hill' and refused to leave, while 2 and 3 Batteries from Kildare supplied Artillery elements including advisors at Brigade and Battallion level, Artillery Command Posts, a Fire Direction Centre and reconisssance teams who deployed overnight to feed information on the enemy back to Batallion Headquarters.. A Batallion level Fire Support Plan was provided by 62 Regiment in support of a Company Group in attack.. View an.. RTE News report on the exercise.. 21/02/2008 Rangers in Chad.. Army Ranger Wing Arrive in Chad At 10.. 45 this morning 54 members of the Army Ranger Wing of the Defence Forces arrived in the Chad capital N'Djamena constituting the first main grouping of Irish troops deploying to the EUfor mission in the region.. A logistical operation to transport vehicles and equipment by air into the mission area via Antinov heavy-lift aircraft will begin on Saturday and continue over the subsequent three to four days.. On the arrival of their kit and equipment the Rangers will undertake a 900km journey east across Chad's arid interior to their operational base in Abeche.. They will be working in tandem with other EUfor special forces and will focus immediately on identifying suitable base camp locations for the main body of Irish forces who are due to arrive over the next weeks and months.. The Rangers will also assess the various threats that exist on the ground and their presence will begin the process of creating a safe and secure environment for the 400,000 refugees and internally displaced persons along the Darfur border who remain the absolute focus of this mission.. 19/01/2008 Army Bomb Disposal in Finglas.. Army bomb disposal experts attended a residential house at Barry Park, Finglas, Dublin at 10.. 30pm last night and made safe two improvised explosive devices.. NO controlled explosion was carried out.. They were discovered during a planned Garda search.. The devices were in storage in the house and not set to detonate.. The team gave the all clear at 12.. 15am.. The remains of the devices were handed over to Gardai for forensic examination.. 08/01/2008 Irish Soldiers injuired in Lebanon.. At approximately 1250 p.. (Irish Time) today, an incident occurred involving two Irish soldiers working as part of the UN Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).. Both received minor injuries at Ramiliya, an area approximately 35 km South of Beirut.. At the time of the incident they were travelling in a UN vehicle from Beirut to the mission HQ in Naquora.. The exact circumstances of the incident are being investigated by UNIFIL authorities.. The soldiers were taken to the Hammoud Hospital with superficial injuries in Saida by Lebanese Armed Forces and their condition is not life threatening.. While the UNIFIL investigation has yet to be concluded, initial indications are that the explosion was caused by a remotely detonated roadside bomb on a route travelled frequently by UN vehicles.. 22/11/2007 Commissioning Ceremony.. Mr.. Seán Power T.. , Minister of State for Equality Issues, accompanied by the Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Dermot Earley will attend the Commissioning Ceremony of 14 new Army Reserve Officers at the Curragh, Co.. Kildare this Sunday, 25 November 2007 at 12.. The 3 female and 11 male part-time soldiers have an average of 10 years reserve service and are all professionals in their own right, with varying careers - among them - law, engineering, teaching and nutrition.. The have undergone a modularised officer training course over two years and will help lead the Reserve in its ongoing modernisation.. The commissioning scroll signed by the President of Ireland & Supreme Commander of the Defence Forces, Mary McAleese requires these new reserve officers, in the words of the Chief of Staff “to lead, manage, administer and train its members to a greater extent than in the past.. ” The Reserve Defence Forces has strong local connections in service to the State and these new officers reflect this proud volunteer link coming from counties Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny, Meath, Monaghan, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.. 26/10/2007 Irish Army leave Lebanon.. The relationship between the Defence Forces and Lebanon reaches another milestone tomorrow when the last Irish unit is stood-down at a ceremony at Camp Ida tomorrow, 27 October 2007.. Defence Forces troops returned to the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in October  ...   a Course in the Law of Armed Conflict with the ICRC, and in 2006 was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy by the Dublin Institute of Technology.. His broad military education includes a degree from the Staff College in Camberley in the United Kingdom.. 10/05/2007 Change round in Liberia.. The 96 Infantry Battalion under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Michael Kennedy hands over to the 20th Battalion of the Pakistani Frontier Force who will assume the role of Quick Reaction Force for the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).. The parade marks the handover of operational command of the 340-strong Irish battalion, drawn mainly from 4 Western Brigade.. This begins the formal end of the Defence Forces three and a half year involvement with Liberia.. The UNMIL Force Commander, Lieutenant General Isaac Obiakar (Nigeria) was present and paid tribute to the Irish contingent saying that: "the process of demilitarisation and restoration of democracy in Liberia would not have been possible without the presence of a robust and well equipped unit which assisted in establishing the UN presence in the country after years of civil war.. " The Defence Forces first deployed to Liberia in November 2003 following the ceasefire in its civil war at the vanguard of the burgeoning UN mission to stabilise the country.. Over 3,000 tours of duty by Irish soldiers, in seven separate battalions, have been completed.. One soldier, Sergeant Derek Mooney of the Army Ranger Wing, gave his life in the service of peace in Liberia.. He died following a road traffic accident on the outskirts of Monrovia on 27 November 2003 within a week of the first Irish troops arriving in Liberia.. The Irish troops will commence the logistical operation of packing their extensive kit and equipment for return to Ireland.. All Irish troops, with the exception of two Irish staff officers, will have withdrawn by 31 May 2007.. Their vehicles and equipment will be transported by sea at the end the month also.. 24/04/2007 Emergency Planning Task Force.. Earlier this afternoon the Chairman of the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning, Mr.. D.. , Minister for Defence, chaired a meeting of the Task Force in the newly opened National Emergency Co-ordination Centre at Agriculture House, Kildare Street, Dublin.. The Minister also launched the new National Emergency Planning website: www.. emergencyplanning.. ie The new National Emergency Co-ordination Centre is equipped with the very latest in state of the art, robust communications and conference facilities.. The primary purpose of the Centre is to provide a facility in which Ministers and/or senior officials can convene to co-ordinate the response to a major or national emergency.. The Centre, which cost €2.. 5m to establish and equip, has full facilities including microwave links to key Departments/Agencies, a central incident room, meeting rooms, desk-top working areas, etc.. The National Emergency Co-ordination Centre will host the regular meetings of the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning and will also be used by various Government Departments and Emergency Services as a co-ordination centre for a number of the many structured Emergency Planning exercises that take place throughout the year.. 07/04/2007 Easter Parade.. This years Easter Parade Ceremony will be held at the General Post Office, O’Connell Street, Dublin on Easter Sunday at 11 am on 8th April 2007, to commemorate the 91st Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.. 350 personnel from all Formations of the Defence Forces will be involved.. It will involve a 107 strong presidential Guard of Honour drawn from the Reserve Defence Forces and a second Guard of Honour from the Cadet School of the Military College.. The National Colours will be on Parade and the Proclamation will also be read by a female Officer of the Defence Forces.. A wreath will be laid by the President Mary McAleese and the Air Corps will perform a Fly past.. Musical accompaniment will be provided by the Defence Forces Brass and Pipe Bands.. 03/04/2007 Chief of Staff appointment.. Major General Dermot Earley (59) has today been nominated as the Chief of Staff (designate) of the Defence Forces.. His appointment in June 2007 will see him assume command of 10,500 permanent and 13,000 reserve members of the Defence Forces including over 800 personnel serving overseas.. A native of Roscommon he has served extensively at home and abroad including as Military Advisor to the UN Secretary-General from 1987 – 1991 and as Battalion Commander in Lebanon in 1997.. At home he was instrumental in establishing the Army Ranger Wing and the United Nations Training School.. General Earley also commanded the 27 Infantry Battalion in Dundalk.. He currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff (Support).. A former Roscommon football All Star he is heavily involved in Sarsfields GAA Club in Newbridge, Co Kildare.. He has six children and lives in Newbridge with his wife Mary.. 03/04/2007 Deputy Chief of Staff - Support appointment.. Brigadier General Patrick O’Sullivan.. (59) has today been nominated to replace General Earley as Deputy Chief of Staff (Support).. His appointment sees him take overall responsibility for finance, logistics and human resource matters within the Defence Forces.. A native of.. Cork.. he served as Military Advisor during.. Ireland.. ’s membership of the UN Security Council in 2001/2.. In common with General Earley he served as Battalion Commander in.. Lebanon.. in 1996.. His overseas service also includes periods in.. Kuwait.. and.. East Timor.. At home he has served extensively in operations and planning appointments.. He currently serves as General Officer Commanding, Defence Forces Training Centre, Curragh, Co Kildare.. General O’Sullivan is married to Vera; they have one daughter and three sons.. 29/03/2007 Infantry Group for Kosovo.. and the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Jim Sreenan will review the 35th Infantry Group bound for overseas service with Kosovo Force (KFOR) at a parade in Dún Uí Mhaoilíosa, Renmore, Galway, on Wednesday 29th March 2007 at 10.. 30 a.. The 214 strong contingent, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Eamon Colclough, is drawn mainly from the 4th Western Brigade.. The Defence Forces’ participation in KFOR commenced in August 1999 and to date over 2750 tours of duty have been completed by members of the Defence Forces in the mission area.. The Infantry Group’s mission is to provide a safe and secure environment for the population of the 81 villages within the Irish area of operations.. The operational element of the Group, the Armoured Personnel Carrier Company, will deploy to a Multi-National Task Force also comprising of Finnish, Swedish, Czech, Slovak and Latvian troops.. 26/03/2006 Irish Troops in Liberia escort Charles Taylor.. Today members of the Defence Forces 94th Infantry Battalion Quick Reaction Force (QRF) serving with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) escorted the former Liberian President Charles Taylor from the capital Monrovia to the UN Special Court in Freetown, Sierra Leone.. Taylor vanished on Monday night from the Nigerian villa where he had been living since 2003, prompting an international outcry.. He was taken into custody by border guards in southeast Nigeria as he tried to cross into Chad.. He was handed over to members of the Irish led QRF at 1600hrs local time at Roberts International Airport, outside Monrovia.. Over 100 Irish troops provided a robust security presence throughout the operation.. Taylor was transferred to one of two MI8 helicopters provided for the flight to Sierra Leone.. He was escorted by a specially selected team of Irish troops during the flight and was handed over by them to Mongolian troops who provide security to the Special Court.. Taylor was Liberia's president from 1997 until he was forced from office in 2003.. A court in neighbouring Sierra Leone indicted him on 17 counts of alleged war crimes after accusing him of supporting rebels in that country who were committing atrocities against civilians.. As many as 200,000 people were killed in a civil war that lasted from 1991 until peace was officially declared in January 2002.. 16/03/2006 Award for former Chief of Staff.. The Minister for Defence Mr Willie O’Dea T.. and the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces Lieut General Jim Sreenan will attend a ceremony to mark the presentation of The Grand Commander of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Cyprus to former Chief of Staff, Lieut General Gerald O’Sullivan (retired), in Mckee Barracks, Dublin on Tuesday next , 21st March.. The Order of Merit will be presented on behalf of the President of Cyprus by Foreign Minister , Mr George Iacovou.. His Excellency Mr Andrea Kakouris the Ambassador of Cyprus will also be in attendance.. During his career with the Defence Forces Lieut Gen O’Sullivan served overseas with United Nations Forces on four occasions.. His first overseas experience was in 1961 as Staff Officer Military Personnel and Joint Liaison Officer in ONUC HQ (Congo).. The three other overseas tours of duty were with UNFICYP (Cyprus), firstly as the Intelligence Officer 4 Infantry Group for six months in 1965, secondly, in the Mission HQ as Operations Staff Officer for one year in 1970/71 and finally, in the rank of Lieut Col as Chief Economics Officer for two years between 1974 and 1976.. It was as a result of this final mission that the Irish Government awarded Lieut Gen O’ Sullivan the Distinguished Service Medal (DSM), with distinction, for his exceptional contribution in pursuing solutions to the humanitarian and economic problems in Cyprus.. The Grand Commander of the Order of Merit is being presented on behalf of the President of Cyprus to Lieut General O’Sullivan in recognition of his meritorious United Nations service in the Republic of Cyprus.. 24/11/2006 Agusta Westland arrives.. accompanied by the General Secretary of The Department of Defence, Mr.. Michael Howard and the General Officer Commanding the Air Corps, Brigadier General Ralph James, will view the arrival of two recently purchased Agusta Westland AW139 Helicopters at Air Corps Headquarters in Baldonnel Aerodrome, at 1pm on Tuesday 21 November.. The Agusta AW139, is a medium twin-engine Aircraft with a troop lifting capacity of up to 15 personnel as well as a night flying capability.. In the cockpit the aircrew have a fully integrated digital avionics and cockpit display system, which includes autopilot, a flight management system with GPS and a radio navigation system.. It is envisaged that the Helicopter will be primarily deployed in support to Defence Forces operations and exercises, but can also be utilised in aid to the civil power, as an air ambulance and in disaster relief situations.. Another two Agusta AW139 Helicopters are due for delivery in early 2007 with an option being retained by the Department of Defence for the purchase of a further two helicopters in the medium term.. 04/05/2006 95 Bn bound for Liberia.. and the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Jim Sreenan, will review the 95th Infantry Battalion bound for service with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) at a parade in Stephens Barracks, Kilkenny on Thursday 4th May 2006 at 2.. 30 p.. The 330 strong contingent, is drawn primarily from the 1st Southern Brigade will be fully deployed to Liberia by the end of May.. The 95th Battalion will continue to act as the Quick Reaction Force (QRF) for the15,000 strong UNMIL Force.. As with previous deployments, the Battalion will continue to provide backup and assistance to other contingents when the operational situation demands it.. They will prepare to provide additional security to the Special Court based in Freetown , Sierra Leone (where former Liberian President, Charles Taylor is currently incarcerated), should the situation there deteriorate.. They will also carry out long range patrols deep into the Liberian interior, bringing humanitarian relief to the population and flying the UN flag.. In addition to the Review the Minister will present the Distinguished Service Medal with merit to Comdt Ian Byrne and Company Quartermaster Dave Murphy.. Both were serving with the 91st Battalion UNMIL in October 2004 when, without regard for their own safety they rescued a colleague from the sea off Monrovia.. |News|..

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