Friday, March 20, 2020

IN the past week Defence Forces soldiers serving with the UNITED NATIONS Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Syria were presented with their service medal by Force Commander UNDOF, Brigadier General Maureen O’Brien.

Defence Forces peronnel who were presented with Un servidce medals: L-R: Lt Michael Crawley (Dundalk), Sgt John Mitten (Athy), Sgt Darren Storey (Newbridge), Tpr Matthew Byrne (Naas), Tpr Gary Turner (Enniscourthy), Pte Paul Brennan (Kildare Town), BQ Eddie Fearon (Naas), Pte Michael Ennis (Cloneygowan), Sgt Stephen Buckley (Graiguenamanagh), Pte Paul Byrne (Newbridge), Sgmn Darren Smith (Newbridge), Sgt Trevor Howard (Kilcullen)

The 130 personnel of the 60 Infantry Group which deployed to their base in Camp Faouar on the Golan Heights last September provide the mission with the Force Reserve Company, a highly robust, mobile and mechanised element which constitutes a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) capable of responding to any incident throughout the UNDOF area of operations. The unit will rotate in early April following a successful tour of duty.”

Among those receiving their awards were a number of Defence Forces Training Centre personnel from The Curragh Camp, Kildare.

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