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GOC DFTC David Dignam

Brigadier General David Dignam is a serving officer in the Irish Defence Forces with 38 years’ experience. An infantry officer by training, he has held a wide range of appointments throughout the Defence Forces and overseas.

Military Experience

At home, he has served as a Platoon Commander, Company Commander, Battalion second in command and Officer Commanding 28 Infantry Battalion in Donegal. He has also served in Defence Forces HQ and has been an instructor in both the Infantry and the Command and Staff Schools. Latterly he has served as School Commandant the Infantry School and Commandant OF the Military College.

Overseas Experience

His overseas service includes appointments as a Platoon Commander and Assistant Operations Officer with the Irish Battalion in Lebanon and he has also served in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Croatia and Chad. His last overseas appointment was as Officer Commanding 107 Inf Bn in UNIFIL in 2012 – 2013.


He is a graduate of the Irish Command and Staff School, the Joint Services Command and Staff College in the UK and he holds Masters Degrees in Leadership, Management and Defence Studies from Maynooth University and in Defence Studies from Kings College London. He is also a graduate of the Defence Forces’ Strategic Leadership programme. His most recent appointment was Director of Operations and Plans, DFHQ. He was promoted to the rank of Brig Gen in Dec 2018 and assumed the appointment of General Officer Commanding (GOC), the Defence Forces Training Centre.

He is married to Orla and they have two daughters, Celine and Heather. They live in Athgarvan near Newbridge, Co Kildare.