60 Years Peacekeeping1958 - 2018

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of Ireland's first Peacekeeping deployment in 1958.

Since then, Ireland have maintained the longest unbroken service on the front line of peace with over 70,000 individual tours of duty completed by the men and women of Óglaigh na hÉireann.

This year, we remember the 87 members of the Defence Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of Peace.

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The Air Corps College

The Flying Training School

The Flying Training School (FTS) is the squadron within the Air Corps responsible for the training and education of all Air Corps cadets. The school’s primary role is to conduct initial flying and officer training for cadets, its secondary role is to meet all operational tasks as requested by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) the Air Corps, including the development of its armed response capability in both the Air-to-Air and Air-to-Ground role. Along with the Cadet Wings Course, the school also conducts instructor training, weapons training and air tactics training.

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The Technical Training School

The Air Corps has operated out of Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel since April 1922. A growing requirement for highly trained aircraft technicians to maintain its expanding fleet brought about the opening of the Apprentice School in the air base and the commencement of the “boy apprenticeship scheme”. Many of those “boys” who began their aviation careers in this way now hold executive positions in civil aviation as well as in the industry generally.

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The Military Training and Survival School

The mission of the Military Training and Survival School (MTSS) is to provide the highest standards of military training to meet the operational requirements of the Air Corps. The MTSS is responsible for the military training of all new recruits and apprentices that are enlisted into the Air Corps as well as conducting any career courses that are sanctioned by Air Corps Headquarters and General Officer Commanding (GOC) the Air Corps, Brigadier General Fry.

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