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Saarinen, Timo

Brigadier General

Position

Deputy Chief of Defence Forces Logistics Command

Date and place of birth

10 April 1965, Lahti, Suomi

Family

Spouse: Merja Saarinen née Lyytinen
Three children

Career

  •        Matriculation Examination, Salpausselkä Upper-Secondary School, Lahti 1984
  •        Military Academy    1985-1988
  •        Instructor, Häme Regiment 1988-1991
  •        Infantry Captain's Course, Branch School    1991-1992
  •        Commandant, NCO School, Häme Regiment 1993-1994
  •        Logistics Officer Course, Weapons School 1994
  •        Staff Officer, Häme Regiment 1994
  •        Deputy Commandant, Logistics Training Centre, Häme Regiment 1994-1995
  •        General Staff Officer Course, National Defence University    1995-1997
  •        Staff Officer, Operations Division, Eastern Command        Headquarters 1997-1998
  •        Nato Logistics Officers Course, Germany 1998
  •        United Nations Staff Officer Course, Sweden 1999 
  •        Deputy Chief of Division, Logistics Division, Eastern Command    Headquarters 1999-2000
  •        Teacher of Tactics and Operational Art, National Defence University 2000-2003 
  •        US Army Logistics Executive Development Course, USA 2001
  •        Multinational Joint Logistics Center Course, Germany 2003
  •        Staff Officer, MNBC HQ/KFOR, Kosovo 2003-2004
  •        Senior Command Course, National Defence University 2005
  •        Commandant, Logistics Training Centre and Logistics School 2005-2006
  •        Battalion Commander, Karelia Brigade 2006-2008 
  •        Deputy Section Chief, Logistics Section, Army Command 2008-2010
  •        Section Chief, Logistics Division, Defence Command 2011-2012
  •        Regiment Commander, East Finland Logistics Regiment 2012-2014
  •        Chief of Section,  Defence Forces Logistics Command Headquarters 2015-2017
  •        National Defence Course 213, National Defence University 2015
  •        Chief of Staff, Defence Forces Logistics Command Headquarters 2018-2019
  •        Senior Command Course, National Defence University 2019
  •        Deputy Chief, Defence Forces Logistics Command 2020

Promotions

  •        Lieutenant 1988
  •        Senior Lieutenant 1990
  •        Captain 1993
  •        Major 1997
  •        Lieutenant Colonel 2006
  •        Colonel 2012
  •        Brigadier General 2020

Decorations

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

Languages

Finnish, English, Swedish