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HSG Commander


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HSG COMMANDER

Colonel Ian BYRNE

Commissioned in 1986 Colonel Ian BYRNE has served in a wide span of command, staff, and training appointments across unit and HQ levels. He is an Infantry officer but had a unique opportunity to also serve in both Logistics and Military Police Corps. His most recent appointments include Advisor to CHOD and Senior Staff Officer for International Security and Defence Policy serving in DFHQ from 2013 to 2015, School Commandant of the Irish Cadet Academy from 2015 to 2017, Director of Transport from 2017 to 2019, followed by Director of Military Police and Provost Marshal to date until his deployment to KFOR.

He has extensive overseas experience across 7 missions. He completed 4 tours of duty to UNIFIL with one each as a PL CDR, HQ SO, BN CDR and DCOS Sector West, and he also served as an MP with 1 tour of duty to UNMIL. He served as a MILOB with 2 tours of duty to UNTSO both on the Golan and in Lebanon. He also served as EUMC Asst MILAD seconded to the Dept. of Foreign Affairs in Brussels from 2010 to 2013.

He successfully completed with distinction the Advanced Command & Staff Course in the UK JSCSC. Professional qualifications include a Degree in Business (UCD), a Masters in Technical Communications (UL), a Masters in Leadership Management and Defence Studies (NUIM) and a Masters in Defence Studies from KCL UK.

He is married to Angela with two daughters Ellen and Hanagh.




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