Virtanen, Vesa Juhani

Brigadier General

Position

Chief of Planning

Date and place of birth

6 May 1966, Oulu, Finland

Family

Married, two children

Career

  • Matriculation Examination, Vehkalahti Upper–Secondary 1985
  • Officer’s Degree, Military Academy 1986–1989
  • Instruction Officer, Uusimaa Jaeger Battalion 1989–1990
  • Second in Command, Mortar COY, Uusimaa Jaeger Battalion 1990–1992
  • Teacher National Defence University 1993–1995
  • UN Military Observer in the former Yugoslavia (UNDF and UNTAES) 1995–1996
  • Senior Staff Officer Course and General Staff Officer Course 1996–1998
  • Staff Officer, Helsinki Military Province Headquarters 1998–2000
  • Staff Officer, Operations Division, Defence Command 2000
  • ADC, Commander of the Finnish Defence Forces 2001
  • ADC, Chairman of the EU Military Committee, Brussels 2001–2004
  • Staff Officer, Operations Division, Defence Command 2004–2005
  • Senior Staff Officer, Operations Division, Defence Command 2005–2006
  • Senior Staff Officer, Plans and Policy Division, Defence Command 2007
  • Commander Uusimaa Jaeger Battalion, Guard Jaeger Regiment 2007–2009
  • Special assignment, Personnel Division, Defence Command 2009–2010
  • Chief of the Training Section, Personnel Division, Defence Command 2010–2012
  • Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, US 2012–2013
  • Secretary General of the Security Committee, Ministry of Defence 2013–2015
  • Commander Kainuu Brigade 2015 - 2017
  • Chief of Planning 2017 -

Other education

  • Master of Social Sciences, International Politics, University of Helsinki 1994

Promotions

  • 1986 Second Lieutenant
  • 1989 Lieutenant
  • 1991 First Lieutenant
  • 1993 Captain
  • 1998 Major
  • 2006 Lieutenant Colonel
  • 2012 Colonel
  • 2016 Brigadier General

Languages

Finnish, Swedish, English, German