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Irish defence personnel mark completion of Afghan mission

Irish defence personnel mark completion of Afghan mission

Mar 12, 2016 - 14:10

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A ceremony marking the completion of Ireland’s military mission in Afghanistaninfo-icon was held at NATOinfo-icon-led Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul.

NATO Commander Gen. John W. Nicholson and the command’s senior military and civilian leaders hosted the event, a statement from Resolute Support said.

After 15 years of unbroken service with both ISAFinfo-icon and RS missions, the final contingent of seven Irish Defense Forces personnel will redeploy to Ireland.

To date, 226 officers and non-commissioned officers from the Irish Defense Forces have served in a variety of appointments within the NATO Headquarters in Kabul.

“From 2001 until 2012 the Irish Defense Forces held the senior Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) appointment in the NATO mission,”the statement said.

Lt. Gen. Timothy Radford, deputy commander of RS, praised the Irish contingent’s hard work, commitment, good humour and characteristic warmth it brought to Kabul.

The Irish national flag was lowered for the last time at RS headquarters and handed over to Lt. Col. RossaMulcahy, senior Irish officer in Resolute Support.


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