An Cosantóir, The Irish Defence Forces Magazine wins the European Military Press Association's (EMPA) 'Best Article 2013' award. The winning article was 'At the Gates of Hell - Mali', written by author and military historian Paul O'Brien MA, and published in the April 2013 issue.
The Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Seán McCann and his spouse will arrive in Finland today for an official from 27 to 29 August 2012. The Commander of the Finnish Defence Forces, General Ari Puheloinen will host the visit together with his spouse.
The Nordic Battle Group (NBG11) formed by Sweden, Finland, Norway, Estonia and Ireland has a total complement of about 2,200 soldiers, of whom 200 are Finnish. The core of the Finnish contingent is a Jaeger company.