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Ylitalo, Juha-Matti

Brigadier General Engineering

Position

Deputy Manager of Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command

Date and place of birth

13 July 1966 Hollola, Finland

Training

  • Conscript, Air Force Aircraft and Weapon Systems Training Wing / Transport Squadron 1986
  • Student, Basic Studies I, Aircraft Maintenance Programme, Warrant Officer Institute / Air Force Aircraft and Weapon Systems Training Wing 1987-1988
  • Student, Basic Studies II, Aircraft Maintenance Programme, Warrant Officer Institute / Air Force Aircraft and Weapon Systems Training Wing 1992
  • Engineer, YAMK, 1998
  • Commander Course, 2004
  • Master of Science (Engineering), 2004
  • Comprehensive National Defence Studies 2, 2005
  • Chief of Branch Course, 2009
  • Senior Command Course 2015

Career path

  • Aircraft maintenance officer (BAE Hawk/MiG-21BIS, F/A-18, liaison aircraft), Karelia Air Command, 1988-1999
  • F/A-18 type training, VFA-125 NAS Lemoore, 1995
  • Aircraft maintenance officer (F/A-18 engineer), Air Force Depot, 1999-2001
  • Commander of Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Karelia Air Command 2001-2006
  • Chief of Aircraft Technology, Karelia Air Command, 2006-2008
  • Chief of Section, Air Materiel Command / Air Force Materiel Command 2008-2014
  • Chief of Branch, Joint Systems Centre, 2015-2017
  • Chief of Section, Joint Systems Centre, 2017
  • Director of HX Materiel Project, Joint Systems Centre, 2017-2022
  • Deputy Manager of Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command, 2022-

Promotions

  • Sergeant, 1986
  • Staff Sergeant, 1989
  • Sergeant First Class, 1989
  • Second Lieutenant 1991
  • Lieutenant 1994
  • First Lieutenant (Eng.)
  • Captain (Eng.), 2002
  • Major (Eng.), 2007
  • Lieutenant Colonel (Eng.), 2012
  • Colonel (Eng.), 2016
  • Brigadier General (Eng.), 2022

Decorations

  • Knight, First Class, of the Order of the White Rose of Finland
  • Knight of the Order of the Lion of Finland
  • Medal for Military Merits
  • Medal of Merit for Public Service

Languages

  • Finnish, English, Swedish