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Sonninen, Jukka Tapio

Major General

Position

Chief of Education

Date and place of birth

26th October 1960, Helsinki

Family

Spouse Doctor of Dental Medicine Merja Miettinen
Two children

Education and career

  • Matriculation examination, Iisalmi Upper Secondary School 1980
  • Military Service 1980 – 1981
  • Officer's Degree 1981 – 1984
  • Instruction Officer and Second-in-Command, Kymi Engineer Battalion 1984 – 1989
  • Instruction Officer, Military Academy 1989 – 1991
  • Officer Student, War College and National Defence College 1991 – 1993
  • Senior Staff Officer, Defence Staff 1993 – 2000
  • Commandant, Engineer Regiment 2000 – 2001
  • Senior Staff Officer, Defence Staff 2001 – 2004
  • Government Head of Security, Prime Minister's Office 2004 – 2006
  • Engineer and CBRN Inspector, Defence Staff and Army Command 2007 – 2010
  • Chief of Division, Defence Command, Plans and Policy Division 2010 – 2011
  • Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, Defence Command, Plans and Policy Division 2011 – 2012
  • Commander of Kainuu Brigade 2012 – 2015
  • Chief of Education 2015 –

Promotions

  • Lieutenant 1984
  • First Lieutenant 1986
  • Captain 1990
  • Major 1993
  • Lieutenant Colonel 2000
  • Colonel 2007
  • Brigadier General 2014
  • Major General 2019

Decorations and awards

  • Knight, First Class, the Order of the Lion of Finland
  • Cross of Merit of Engineers
  • Medal for Military Merits
  • Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland