Vauhkonen, Juha Sakari

Rear Admiral

Position

Military representative to the EU and NATO

Date and place of birth

30 July 1962, Helsinki

Family

Spouse Leena Vauhkonen, two daughters

Career

  • Matriculation Examination 1981
  • Conscript 1982–1983
  • Military Academy 1983–1986
  • Instructor Officer, Suomenlinna Coastal Regiment 1986–1989
  • Mortar Officer Training Course 1988
  • Instructor/Cadet Course, Coastal Artillery School 1989–1990
  • Captain Course 1990–1991
  • Instructor Officer, Military Academy 1991–1992
  • Staff Officer, Intelligence Division, Defence Command 1992–1993
  • General Staff Officer Course 1993–1995
  • Staff Officer, Coastal Artillery Division, Defence Command 1995–1997
  • Staff Officer, Operations Division, Navy Command 1998–2002
  • Assistant Defence Attaché, Naval Attaché, Berlin
  • Defence Attaché, Prague and Bratislava 2002–2005
  • Commander, Coastal Jaeger Battalion, Nyland Brigade 2005–2007
  • Senior Command Course 2006
  • Commander, FINCON and Deputy Commander
  • PRT Mazar e Sharif, ISAF, Afghanistan 2007–2008
  • Assistant Chief of Staff Operations (ACOS M3) Navy Command 2008–2010
  • Deputy Force Commander EU Nordic Battle Group 2009–2011
  • Chief of Staff, HQ, Nyland Brigade 2010–2011
  • Commander, Nyland Brigade 2011–2012
  • Chief of Staff, Navy Command Finland January 2013–2016
  • High Command Course 2013
  • European Union Senior Mission Leader Course (EUSMLC) 2013
  • Special assingment, Defence Command 2016
  • Military representative to the EU and NATO 2016–

Promotions

  • Second Lieutenant 1983
  • Lieutenant 1986
  • First Lieutenant 1988
  • Captain 1991
  • Major 1995
  • Lieutenant Commander 1998
  • Commander 2003
  • Captain (N) 2010
  • Commodore 2013
  • Rear Admiral 2016

Decorations

  • National Defence Medal 1993
  • Coastal Defender Medal 1997
  • Medal for Military Merits 2000
  • Knight, First Class, Order of the Lion of Finland 2002
  • Coastal Jaeger Medal in gold 2006
  • NATO Non-article 5 medal 2007
  • Infantry Cross for Merits with Swords 2008
  • Cross of Liberty III Class (Vapaudenristi III lk) 2008
  • Commander of the Order of the White Rose of Finland 2015

Languages

Finnish, Swedish, German, English