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Pyötsiä, Eero Tapio

Lieutenant General

Position

Chief of Defence Command

Date and place of birth

16th August 1961, Kouvola

Family

Married, Two children

Career

  • Matriculation examination, Hyrylä Upper Secondary School 1980
  • Military Academy 1981–1984
  • Instructor, Karelia Brigade 1984–1986
  • Instructor, Reserve Officer School 1986–1989
  • Company Second in Command, Reserve Officer School 1989-1991
  • War College 1991–1993
  • Teacher of Tactics and Operational Art, National Defence College 1993-1996
  • Senior Staff Officer, Operations Division, Defence Staff 1996-1998
  • Aide de Camp to the Commander of the Finnish Defence Forces 1998-2001
  • Commander, Guard Battalion, Guard Jaeger Regiment 2001–2002
  • Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States 2002–2003
  • General Secretary, Security and Defence Committee, Ministry of Defence 2003-2005
  • Chief of Strategic Plans Section, Defence Command 2005–2008
  • Commanding Officer, Pori Brigade 2008–2011
  • Head of Unit, Ministry of Defence 2011–2013
  • Assistant Chief of Staff, Plans and Policy, Defence Command 2013-2015
  • Finnish Defence Forces Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations  2016–2019
  • Chief of the Defence Command 1 August 2019 -

Promotions

  • Lieutenant 1984
  • Senior Lieutenant 1986
  • Captain 1991
  • Major 1993
  • Lieutenant Colonel 2000
  • Colonel 2006
  • Brigadier General 2011
  • Major General 2015
  • Lieutenant General 2017

Decorations

  • Cross of Liberty, Second Class with swords, the Order of the Cross of Liberty
  • Knight, First Class, the Order of the Lion of Finland
  • Medal for Military Merits
  • Order of the White Rose of Finland, Commander First Class