Sat 18 October 2014 - Deputy Chief of Staff Operations Presents Medals.

Today Deputy Chief of Staff Operations (DCOS OPS) Major General Ralph James visited the personnel of the 45th Infantry Group deployed to the United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon (UNIFIL.) As part of a two day visit to Lebanon, Major General James received an operational brief on the current situation, presented overseas service medals to Irish personnel and laid a wreath at Tibnin Memorial to the forty seven (47) Irish Defence Forces personnel who died in service with UNIFIL since it was first established in 1978.

Addressing Irish troops on parade Deputy Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces Major General Ralph Jame stated;

"In an area that has suffered more than its fair share of violence, the Irish Defence Forces, on behalf of the Irish people, have stood steadfast as a beacon of light and hope to so many. So many lives have been improved by your presence. So many towns, villages and families have benefited from your diligence. This has not been without cost and our 47 comrades that gave their lives in the implementation of this mission remain forever in our thoughts. I am very happy to be here to witness the contribution being made by the Irish Defence Forces in South Lebanon. I thank you for your commitment to maintaining peace and stability in the region. You give all a justifiable reason to be proud of our Defence Forces and all they achieve."

Press Release Date: Sat 18 October 2014

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