Athlone resident appointed Assistant Chief of Staff of Irish Army

Brigadier General Peter O’Halloran, a resident of Athlone, has been appointed Assistant Chief of Staff of Óglaigh na hÉireann.

Brigadier General O’Halloran was commissioned into the Communications and Information Services Corps in 1979 and has 38 years’ service with a wide range of appointments at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels of the Defence Forces.

Prior to his new appointment, Brigadier General O’Halloran was the Director of Logistics of the Irish Defence Forces where he had responsibility for materiel and support logistics in the Army, Air Corps, and Naval Service. He also served as Director of the Communications and Information Services Corps, held senior officer appointments in Education and Intelligence and has extensive command experience at all ranks.

Brigadier General O’Halloran has completed 10 tours of duty on overseas operations. This includes six tours with the United Nations, three tours with the European Union and one tour with NATO. Notable tours were as Deputy of the Joint Implementation Commission with NATO in Kosovo in 2010 where he project-managed the handover of the policing function of the Macedonian border from NATO to the Institutions of Kosovo, Military Assistant to the Deputy Commander of the Irish-led EUFOR CHAD mission in 2007, and Chief of Staff of the Irish-led European Union Training Mission to Somalia in 2011-2012.

He is a graduate of the Irish Military College (2001 ), the United Kingdom Defence Academy (2003 ) where he completed the Advanced Command and Staff course, The National University of Ireland (2001 ) and the Kings College London (2003 ), from where he holds an MA in Defence Studies. He is currently undertaking study under the Common Purpose Meridan Programme.

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