Toveri, Pekka Juhani

Brigadier General

Position

Defence Attaché USA and Canada

Date and place of birth

6th June 1961, Kankaanpää

Marital status

Spouse Siobhán Toveri, Lt Col, USAFR (Ret)

Three children from a previous marriage: Tapio, Petri and Tiina

Military education and career

  • Conscript service, Uusimaa Jaeger Battalion 1981–1982
  • Deputy Platoon leader, Uusimaa Jaeger Battalion 1982
  • Officer Course, Military Academy 1982–1985
  • Platoon leader and Tank Company XO, Armoured Brigade 1985–1989
  • Tank Company Commander, Armour Battalion, Armoured Brigade 1989
  • Battalion Commander Course, Combat School 1989–1990
  • Tank Company Commander, Armour Battalion, Armoured Brigade 1990–1992
  • Staff Officer, Finnish Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden 1992–1993
  • COS, Armour Battalion, Armoured Brigade 1993
  • General Staff Officer Course, National Defence University 1993–1995
  • Senior Staff Officer, G2/3 Häme Military Province HQ 1995–1996
  • Senior Staff Officer, G2 NORDPOLBDE HQ, IFOR/SFOR, Bosnia 1996–1997
  • Deputy Defence Attaché, Stockholm, Sweden 1997–2000
  • Commandant, Armour School, Armoured Brigade 2000–2002
  • Senior Staff Officer, J3, Defence Command 2002–2005
  • Senior Command Course 35 2003
  • NATO CJTF Course 2004
  • Finnish Defence Forces LNO to USJFCOM, Norfolk, USA 2005–2007
  • Senior Staff Officer, J5, Defence Command 2007–2010
  • High Command Course 19 2009
  • Director of Operation/ANSF Development, RC N HQ, ISAF, Afghanistan 2010–2011
  • Commander, Armoured Brigade 2011–2013
  • National Defence Course 199 2011
  • NATO Steadfast Pyramid Course 2012
  • Commander, Western Command 2014
  • Commander of the Guard Jaeger Regiment 2015–2016
  • Special Assingment, Defence Command 2016-2017
  • Defence Attaché USA and Canada 2016-

Promotions

  • Lieutenant 1985
  • Senior Lieutenant 1987
  • Captain 1990
  • Major 1995
  • Lieutenant Colonel 2000
  • Colonel 2007
  • Brigadier General 2013

Decorations

  • Cross of Liberty, 2nd Class, of the Order of the Cross of Liberty
  • Knight, First Class, of the Order of the Lion of Finland
  • Medal for Military Merits
  • Medal of Merit of the Officer Cadet Corps
  • Golden Medal of Merit of the NCO Association
  • Silver Medal of Merit of the Defence Training
  • Golden Medal of Merit of the Reservists' association
  • Homeland Defence Medal
  • Infantry Foundation’s Infantry Cross with clasp
  • Armour Guild’s Cross with clasp
  • War of Independence Memorial Association’s Blue Cross
  • NATO medal (IFOR/SFOR)
  • NATO medal (ISAF)
  • Knight, First Class, Swedish Northern Star Order
  • US Joint Service Commendation Medal

Languages

Finnish, English, Swedish, Russian