Ireland commemorates end of military mission in Afghanistan

Ireland-end-mission-in-AfghanistanResolute Support (RS) Headquarters held a ceremony Sunday to mark the completion of the Irish Defense Forces military mission to Afghanistan, according to a statement by the alliance.

The statement further added Resolute Support Commander General John W. Nicholson and the command’s senior military and civilian leadership hosted the event.

Following 15 years of unbroken service with both the NATO ISAF and RS missions, the final contingent of seven Irish Defense Forces personnel will redeploy to Ireland, the alliance added.

To date, 226 Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers from the Irish Defense Forces have served in a variety of appointments within the Headquarters based in Kabul, Afghanistan.

From 2001 until 2012 the Irish Defense Forces held the senior Counter Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) appointment in the NATO mission, where they led the Counter IED capability build-up based on over 3 decades of bomb disposal experience in Ireland and the Middle East.

In his speech Lieutenant General Timothy Radford, Deputy Commander RS, thanked the Irish Contingent for their “hard work, commitment, good humour and characteristic warmth that you have brought with you to Kabul.”

The Irish National Flag was lowered for the last time at HQ RS and handed over to Lt Col Rossa Mulcahy the Senior Irish Officer in Resolute Support. -KP

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