Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces (Ireland)

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Chief of Staff of Defence Forces Ireland
Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM.jpg
Incumbent
Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM (NS)

since 29 September 2015
Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Defence Forces
Member ofNational Security Committee
Reports toMinister for Defence
NominatorGovernment of Ireland on the recommendation of the Minister for Defence
AppointerPresident of Ireland
WebsiteOfficial website
The office of the Chief of Staff and General Staff are located at the DF/DoD HQ in Newbridge, County Kildare

The Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces (COS) (Irish: Ceann Foirne na bhFórsaí Cosanta) is charged with the executive management of the Irish Defence Forces, and is the most senior military officer of the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps branches. The Chief of Staff is appointed by the President of Ireland, who is the Supreme Commander of the Defence Forces, on the recommendation of the Minister for Defence subject to the approval of the Government of Ireland. The office of the Chief of Staff consists of his personal staff, a strategic planning office and a public relations section.[1]

The Defence Forces Chief of Staff sits on the government's National Security Committee (NSC).[2]

The Chief of Staff delegates remaining executive duties to two Deputy Chiefs of Staff (who hold the rank of Major General or equivalent) and one Assistant Chief of Staff (Brigadier General or equivalent);

  • The Deputy Chief of Staff Operations (D COS Ops) is tasked with operational matters.
  • The Deputy Chief of Staff Support (D COS Sp) is tasked with military support matters.
  • The Assistant Chief of Staff Support (ACOS Sp) is also tasked with military support matters.[1]

The current Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces is Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM of the Naval Service. Vice Admiral Mellett assumed the role on 29 September 2015.[3]

Current General Staff of the Defence Forces[edit]

Position Abbreviation Photograph Incumbent Branch
Chief of Staff COS Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM.jpg Vice Admiral.png Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM Badge of the Irish Naval Service.svg Naval Service
Deputy Chief of Staff Operations D COS Ops Major General Kieran Brennan.jpg IE-Army-OF7.png Major General Kieran Brennan Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
Deputy Chief of Staff Support D COS Sp Brigadier General Seán Clancy, GOC Air Corps.jpg Ireland-AirForce-OF-7.svg Major General Seán Clancy Badge of the Irish Air Corps.svg Air Corps
Assistant Chief of Staff Support ACOS Sp Brigadier General Peter O'Halloran.jpg IE-Army-OF6.png Brigadier General Peter O'Halloran Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army

Overseas[edit]

Irish Military Representative to the EUMC Brigadier General Philip Brennan.jpg IE-Army-OF6.png Brigadier General Philip Brennan Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army

Brigade Commanders[edit]

The country is divided into two areas for administrative and operational reasons, and in each area there is an Irish Army infantry brigade. The two brigade group structure envisages distinct operational areas of responsibility for each of the brigades and is supported in their responsibilities by the Naval Service and Air Corps. Each of the Brigade formations and the Air Corps are commanded by a Brigadier General, while the Naval Service is commanded by a Commodore;[4]

Position Branch Abbreviation Photograph Incumbent
General Officer Commanding Southern Brigade Flash.svg 1st Brigade (Army) GOC 1 Brigade Brigadier General Patrick Flynn.jpg IE-Army-OF6.png Brigadier General Patrick Flynn
General Officer Commanding Eastern Brigade (Irish Army).svg 2nd Brigade (Army) GOC 2 Brigade Brigadier General Howard Berney.jpg IE-Army-OF6.png Brigadier General Howard Berney
General Officer Commanding Defence Forces Training Centre.png Defence Forces Training Centre (Army) GOC DFTC IE-Army-OF6.png Brigadier General David Dignam
General Officer Commanding Badge of the Irish Air Corps.svg Air Corps GOC Air Corps Ireland-AirForce-OF-6.svg Brigadier General Rory O'Connor
Flag Officer Commanding Badge of the Irish Naval Service.svg Naval Service FOCNS Commodore Michael Malone.png IE Navy Rank Insignia-Cdre.svg Commodore Michael Malone

List of Irish Chiefs of Staff[edit]

Chief of Staff Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
1
Eoin O'Duffy
O'Duffy, EoinLieutenant General
Eoin O'Duffy
(1890–1944)
February 1922July 19225 monthsBadge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
2
Richard Mulcahy
Mulcahy, RichardLieutenant General
Richard Mulcahy
(1886–1971)
July 1922August 19221 monthBadge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
3
Seán Mac Mahon
Mac Mahon, SeánLieutenant General
Seán Mac Mahon
(1893–1955)
August 1922March 19241 year, 7 monthsBadge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
4
Peadar MacMahon
MacMahon, PeadarLieutenant General
Peadar MacMahon
March 1924March 19273 yearsBadge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
5
Daniel Hogan
Hogan, DanielLieutenant General
Daniel Hogan
(1895–?)
March 1927February 19291 year, 11 monthsBadge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
6
Seán Mac Eoin
Mac Eoin, SeánLieutenant General
Seán Mac Eoin
(1893–1973)
February 1929October 19298 monthsBadge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
7
Joseph Sweeney
Sweeney, JosephLieutenant General
Joseph Sweeney
(1897–1980)
October 1929October 19312 yearsBadge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
8
Michael Brennan
Brennan, MichaelLieutenant General
Michael Brennan
(1896–1986)
October 1931January 19408 years, 3 monthsBadge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
9
Daniel McKenna
McKenna, DanielLieutenant General
Daniel McKenna
January 1940January 19499 yearsBadge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
10
Liam Archer
Archer, LiamLieutenant General
Liam Archer
January 1949January 19523 yearsBadge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
11
W. A. Egan
Egan, W.Lieutenant General
W. A. Egan
January 1952December 19542 years, 11 monthsBadge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
12
Patrick Mulcahy
Mulcahy, PatrickLieutenant General
Patrick Mulcahy
January 1955December 19594 years, 11 monthsBadge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
13
John McKeown
McKeown, JohnLieutenant General
John McKeown
(1910–1998)
January 1960December 196011 monthsBadge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
14
Sean Collins Powell
Powell, SeanLieutenant General
Sean Collins Powell
January 1961March 19621 year, 2 monthsBadge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
(13)
John McKeown
McKeown, JohnLieutenant General
John McKeown
(1910–1998)
April 1962March 19718 years, 11 monthsBadge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
15
Thomas O'Carroll
O'Carroll, ThomasLieutenant General
Thomas O'Carroll
April 1971July 19765 years, 3 monthsBadge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
16
Carl O'Sullivan
O'Sullivan, CarlLieutenant General
Carl O'Sullivan
August 1976June 19814 years, 11 monthsBadge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
17
Louis Hogan DSM
Hogan, LouisLieutenant General
Louis Hogan DSM
(1921–2001)
June 1981April 19842 years, 10 monthsBadge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
18
Gerald O'Sullivan
O'Sullivan, GeraldLieutenant General
Gerald O'Sullivan
April 1984February 19861 year, 10 monthsBadge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
19
Tadgh O'Neill
O'Neill, TadghLieutenant General
Tadgh O'Neill
February 1986October 19893 years, 8 monthsBadge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
20
James Parker
Parker, JamesLieutenant General
James Parker
October 1989April 19922 years, 6 monthsBadge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
21
Noel Bergin
Bergin, NoelLieutenant General
Noel Bergin
April 1992December 19942 years, 8 monthsBadge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
22
Gerald McMahon
McMahon, GeraldLieutenant General
Gerald McMahon
February 1995August 19983 years, 6 monthsBadge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
23
David Stapleton DSM
Stapleton, DavidLieutenant General
David Stapleton DSM
August 199824 September 20002 years, 1 monthBadge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
24
Colm Mangan
Mangan, ColmLieutenant General
Colm Mangan
25 September 200020 February 20043 years, 4 monthsBadge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
25
James Sreenan
Sreenan, JamesLieutenant General
James Sreenan
21 February 200428 June 20073 years, 4 monthsBadge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
26
Dermot Earley DSM
Earley, DermotLieutenant General
Dermot Earley DSM
(1948–2010)
28 June 20079 June 20102 years, 11 monthsBadge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
27
Sean McCann
McCann, SeanLieutenant General
Sean McCann
9 June 201012 August 20133 years, 2 monthsBadge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
28
Conor O'Boyle
O'Boyle, ConorLieutenant General
Conor O'Boyle
12 August 201329 September 20152 years, 1 monthBadge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
29
Mark Mellett DSM
Mellett, MarkVice admiral
Mark Mellett DSM
(born 1958)
29 September 2015Incumbent3 years, 8 monthsBadge of the Irish Naval Service.svg Naval Service

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Official Defence Forces website - General Staff > Chief of Staff". Military.ie. 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
  2. ^ "Annual Report 2013" (PDF). Department of Defence and Defence Forces. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  3. ^ "New Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces". Defence Forces Ireland. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Defence Forces Brigade Commanders". military.ie. Retrieved 11 July 2015.