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  • Originally posted by A/TEL View Post
    ...As the current DCIS is an Infantry office all his career....
    The current D Tpt was not badged as a Tpt Officer either !
    "Well, stone me! We've had cocaine, bribery and Arsenal scoring two goals at home. But just when you thought there were truly no surprises left in football, Vinnie Jones turns out to be an international player!" (Jimmy Greaves)!"

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    • DoD press release.

      APPOINTMENT OF NEW CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE DEFENCE FORCES

      The Government this morning has accepted the recommendation of the Minister for Defence, Mr. Simon Coveney T.D., to nominate Rear Admiral Mark Mellett for appointment by the President as Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces. He will succeed the current Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Conor O’Boyle, when Lieutenant-General O’Boyle retires in September this year.

      Minister Coveney said “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Rear Admiral Mellett on his new appointment and I look forward to working closely with him in the future.”

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      • Historic!!! BZ to the Admiral

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        • Vice-Admiral

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          • Originally posted by DeV View Post
            Vice-Admiral
            Call him what you like, he is still Chief of Staff.

            (Admiral is an accepted abbreviation in conversation, once the initial introduction gives him the full title. Same as Colonel passes for people holding Lt Col rank: "All the colonels had a meeting"= a room full pof colonels and lt colonels. ).


            This morning the Government accepted my recommendation to nominate Rear Admiral (RAdm) Mark Mellett DSM* for appointment by the President as Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces. He will succeed the current Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Conor O’Boyle when he retires in September this year.

            I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Rear Admiral Mellett on his new appointment and I look forward to working closely with him in the future.

            Rear Admiral Mark Mellett DSM was appointed to the position of Deputy Chief of Staff (Support) of the Defence Forces in November 2013.

            From Mayo, he joined the Naval Service in 1976. He commanded the LÉ ORLA in 1992, the LÉ CIARA in 1997 and the Irish Naval Service Flagship the LÉ EITHNE in 2005. Rear Admiral Mellett DSM has held a broad range of appointments in Naval Headquarters and prior to his appointment as Flag Officer in 2010 was Officer Commanding Naval Operations Command. Rear Admiral Mellett DSM was also Commandant of the Naval College and Associate Head of the National Maritime College of Ireland.

            *Aside from citations for overseas service in Afghanistan (2004) and Lebanon (1989), as Captain of LÉ ORLA in 1994 he was honoured with the Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) in recognition of his role in the detention of the drug smuggling yacht ‘Brime’ in 1993.

            A founding member of the Irish Maritime and Energy Resource Cluster (IMERC) and a member of its Governing Authority, serving as a stimulant for enterprise, job creation and innovation in the maritime sphere, Rear Admiral Mellett has a PHD (2009) in Political Science from the National University of Ireland Galway and has been a Visiting Professor at Liverpool Hope University. He is a distinguished top graduate of the US Naval War College, the Irish Command and Staff College and the Royal Naval College Greenwich.

            He is a former member of the prestigious Naval Service Diving Section and enjoys running, cycling and fitness. He is married to Liz and has four children, Laura, Sean, Lisa and Patrick.
            Last edited by na grohmiti; 30 June 2015, 20:07.
            German 1: Private Schnutz, I have bad news for you.
            German 2: Private? I am a general!
            German 1: That is the bad news.

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            • Originally posted by na grohmití View Post
              Call him what you like, he is still Chief of Staff.

              (Admiral is an accepted abbreviation in conversation, once the initial introduction gives him the full title. Same as Colonel passes for people holding Lt Col rank: "All the colonels had a meeting"= a room full pof colonels and lt colonels. ).
              Exactly what i ment, cheers na grohmití

              The Defence Act has to be amended before Sept to allow Adm Mellett hold the rank of VADM.

              Shouldnt be a big problem

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              • "Are they trying to shoot down the other drone? "

                "No, they're trying to fly the tank"

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                • Originally posted by na grohmití View Post
                  (Admiral is an accepted abbreviation in conversation, once the initial introduction gives him the full title. Same as Colonel passes for people holding Lt Col rank: "All the colonels had a meeting"= a room full pof colonels and lt colonels. ).
                  It was the year of fire...the year of destruction...the year we took back what was ours.
                  It was the year of rebirth...the year of great sadness...the year of pain...and the year of joy.
                  It was a new age...It was the end of history.
                  It was the year everything changed.

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                  • So long two brigades.
                    Hello blue camo uniforms
                    "Let us be clear about three facts. First, all battles and all wars are won in the end by the infantryman. Secondly, the infantryman always bears the brunt. His casualties are heavier, he suffers greater extremes of discomfort and fatigue than the other arms. Thirdly, the art of the infantryman is less stereotyped and far harder to acquire in modern war than that of any other arm." ------- Field Marshall Wavell, April 1945.

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                    • I'm delighted for him and in particular I'm delighted for the DF. They badly need someone who literally thinks outside the box and brings in initiatives to improve the organisation and the conditions of the troops.
                      He is one of the few COS's who actually earned his DSM.
                      Last edited by hedgehog; 1 July 2015, 13:53.
                      Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
                      Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
                      The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere***
                      The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
                      The best lack all conviction, while the worst
                      Are full of passionate intensity.

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                      • Whats the retirement age for CoS?
                        Given Mellet is only 57 he could be more than just a care taker CoS.

                        While he may wear a different uniform his job is CoS of the DF and there fore will be careful not to be biased towards his alma mater.

                        He will be good, from the same mould as Dermot Earley,
                        Covid 19 is not over ....it's still very real..Hand Hygiene, Social Distancing and Masks.. keep safe

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                        • Originally posted by hptmurphy View Post
                          Whats the retirement age for CoS?
                          Given Mellet is only 57 he could be more than just a care taker CoS.
                          ,
                          61 or 62

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                          • Originally posted by hedgehog View Post
                            He is one thing of the few COS's who actually earned his DSM.
                            Hasn't there only been ever 1 person to get a bar?

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                            • IMHO this is either going to go one of two ways.(All joking aside).
                              1/ This will be the start of true tri-service partnership with MM being up there with DE being one of the best CoS we ever have.
                              2/ The NS use this opportunity to grab all they can off the army while they have him at the top(a bit like looters in a riot) in the knowledge that it might be some time before they get another shot at the top slot and thus look to settle old scores.

                              I wonder which one its gonna be???
                              "Let us be clear about three facts. First, all battles and all wars are won in the end by the infantryman. Secondly, the infantryman always bears the brunt. His casualties are heavier, he suffers greater extremes of discomfort and fatigue than the other arms. Thirdly, the art of the infantryman is less stereotyped and far harder to acquire in modern war than that of any other arm." ------- Field Marshall Wavell, April 1945.

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                              • Originally posted by DeV View Post
                                61 or 62
                                63 according to this: http://www.military.ie/fileadmin/use..._09_May_13.pdf

                                Which means he could serve 5 - 6 years as COS.
                                If at first you don't succeed, then call in an airstrike.

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