Deputy Chief Of Staff, Support

Major General Kevin Cotter

Maj General Kevin Cotter has 40 years service and a wide range of experience since being commissioned into the Communications Information Services (CIS) Corps in 1975. He has held key appointments including instructor in the Military College and the Director of the Communications Information Services Corps.

As Deputy Chief of Staff (Support) Major General Cotter will be responsible for the coordination of all support staff functions by developing and implementing policy, plans, guidance and procedures for the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service.

Overseas Service

He has extensive overseas experience having served three times with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in 1994, 1999 and 2000, with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1996, as a senior staff officer with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) in 2006, in Kosovo in 2009 and with the European Union Military Staff (EUMS) in 2011.

Education

Major General Cotter was born in New York, moving to Limerick in his youth. He was educated in Crescent College Limerick and is a graduate of the Dublin Institute of Technology and the Command and Staff School, Military College.

Personal

He now resides in Co. Kildare. He is married to Marie and they have one son.

The Badge Design

The Badge design (common to all Corps and Services and all orders of dress) is derived from the badge of the Irish Volunteers and was designed by Professor Eoin MacNeill, Chairman of the National Executive of the Irish Volunteers. This badge was originally adopted by the Irish Volunteers in October 1914. [Read more]