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The Minister for Defence, Mr. Simon Coveney T.D today accepted the retirement of the Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations) of the Defence Forces, Major General Ralph James after forty-one years of dedicated service.

Commenting on today’s announcement the Minister stated “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Major-General Ralph James for his outstanding contribution as Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations) over the last five years and for his lifetime of dedication to the Air Corps and the Defence Forces. On behalf of the Government, I would like to wish him well in the future and to thank him for his dedication, hard work and commitment over many years of service in the Defence Forces. He has served the Defence Forces and the country as a whole with distinction both at home and abroad and his drive, integrity and professionalism are widely recognised.”

The Minister added “It is with the warmest of personal regards that I wish him success as he brings his experience as an aviation regulator and pilot with the Air Corps and his experience of domestic and international operations to his new appointment.”


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