Kivinen, Timo Pekka

Lieutenant General

Position

Chief of Defence Command Finland

Date and place of birth

8th December 1959 in Lappeenranta, Finland

Family

Spouse Maarit Kivinen
Four children

Military education and career

  • Military Academy 1979 – 1982
  • Instructor, Uusimaa Battalion 1982 – 1985
  • US Army Airborne and Ranger Courses, USA 1983
  • Instructor, Army Academy, Lappeenranta 1985 – 1986
  • Infantry Captain Course 1986 – 1987
  • Company Commander, Uusimaa Jaeger Battalion 1987 – 1988
  • Staff Officer, Helsinki Military District Headquarters 1988 – 1991
  • War College 1991 – 1993
  • Assistant Chief of Staff and Chief of Staff, Uusimaa Jaeger Battalion 1993 – 1994
  • Senior Staff Officer, Defence Command 1994 – 1997
  • United Nation Staff Officer Course, Sweden 1996
  • Deputy Commanding Officer, Finnish Jaeger Battalion in SFOR 1997 – 1998
  • Finnish Defence Attaché in Austria, Hungary (resident) and Ukraine 1998 – 2001
  • Commander, Utti Jaeger Regiment 2001 – 2004
  • International Visitors Programme, USA 2003
  • Head of Department and Vice President, National Defence University 2004 – 2007
  • National Defence Course 2006
  • High Command Course 2007
  • Royal College of Defence Studies, UK 2008
  • Assistant Chief of Staff, Plans and Policy Division, Defence Command 2009 – 2010
  • Brigade Commander, Karelia Brigade 2011 – 2014
  • Generals, Flag Officers and Ambassadors Course, NATO Defence College 2012
  • Special Assignment, Defence Command 1.7.2014 –
  • Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategy 2015–2017
  • Chief of Defence Command Finland 2017-

Promotions

  • Second Lieutenant 1979
  • Lieutenant 1982
  • Senior Lieutenant 1984
  • Captain 1989
  • Major 1992
  • Lieutenant Colonel 1998
  • Colonel 2004
  • Brigadier General 2010
  • Major General 2014
  • Lieutenant General 2016

Decorations

  • Commander, Cross of the Order of the Lion of Finland
  • Medal for Military Merits
  • NATO medal, SFOR

Languages

Finnish, Swedish, English, Russian