Eskelinen, Sampo Ilmari

Major General

Title

Commander, Air Force

Date and place of birth

7.3.1964 Joensuu

Marital status

Married, 3 adult children

Military education

  • Pilot Reserve Officer Course 1983–1984
  • Military Academy 1985–1988
  • Flight Instructor Course 1990–1991
  • Flight Commander Course 1993–1994
  • General Staff Officer Course Senior Command Course 1995–1997
  • National Defence Course 2004
  • High Command Course 2009
  • General & Flag Officers’ and Ambassadors Course 2013

Main appointments

  • Officer Pilot, Fighter Weapons Instructor and Deputy Flight Commander, Karelia Air Command 1988–1994
  • Flight Commander, Karelia Air Command 1994–1995
  • Plans and Operations Division, Air Force Headquarters 1997–1999
  • Chief of Air Combat Center 1999–2005
  • Exchange Officer, Joint Fires Division, Joint Capability Development Directorate (J8), United States Joint Forces Command 2005–2007
  • Strategic Planning, Plans & Policy Division (J5), Defence Command Finland 2007–2009
  • Representative of Commander of Finnish Air Force in Defence Command Finland 2010–2011
  • Assistant Chief of Staff (ACOS) Plans (A5), Air Force Command Finland 2011–2012
  • Commander, Satakunta Air Command 2012–2014
  • Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS, Chief of Operations), Air Force Command Finland 2014–2015
  • Chief of Planning, Defence Command Finland 2015– 2017
  • Commander, Air Force 2017 -

Promotions

  • Second lieutenant 1984
  • Lieutenant 1988
  • First lieutenant 1990
  • Captain 1993
  • Major 1997
  • Lieutenant colonel 2000
  • Colonel 2010
  • Brigadier general 2015
  • Major general 2017

Decorations

  • Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland
  • Knight, 1st Class, of the Order of the White Rose of Finland
  • Medal for Military Merits
  • Medal of Merit of the Association of Air Force Guilds
  • Meritorious Service Medal, Unites States of America

Languages

Finnish, Swedish, English