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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14 December 2012 - Air Corps Officers Receive Commissions .

Alan Shatter TD, Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, accompanied by the Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Sean McCann will attend the Commissioning Ceremony of three new officers at the Air Corps Headquarters at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel on Friday, 14th December 2012 at 4 p.m.

Today is a very important and proud day for the members of the 29th Air Corps Cadet Class. It represents the successful completion of over two years of intensive military and flight training and today the three Cadets will be awarded their Military Pilots Wings and Presidential Commission.

The three candidates have completed a very demanding, challenging and rewarding course of basic officer training in the Curragh Camp complete with their flight training in the Flying Training School in Baldonnel. During the cadets time in the Curragh they were involved in ceremonial duties and performed on the guard of honour for the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The Cadets successfully completed six months of theoretical study combined with an additional year of intensive flight training to prepare them to take up appointments as junior leaders and pilots in the Air Corps. In receiving this Presidential Commission the new officers will take an oath of allegiance in which they will swear to be “faithful to Ireland and loyal to the Constitution”.

Press Release Date:  14 December, 2012

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