Published on April 10th, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer0
New Irish Air Corps GOC
Brigadier General Rory O’Connor has been promoted to General Officer Commanding, Irish Air Corps following the promotion of Brigadier General Seán Clancy to the position of Deputy Chief of Staff (Support) of the Defence Forces. Brig Gen O’Connor enlisted in the Irish Air Corps as an Apprentice in 1982, and was posted to Tech Wing where he completed his four-year Apprenticeship in August 1986 before being awarded a Cadetship in October 1986. Brig Gen O’Connor was Commissioned as a 2/Lt in 1988 and received his Military Pilot Wings in 1989.
He is a Qualified Flight Instructor and Examiner and has logged in excess of 5,500hrs, having flown numerous types (including the SIAI Marchetti, Fouga Magister, Cessna FR172, King Air 200, Gulfstream G-IV and Pilatus PC-9M) and has flown all over the world as an operational pilot. He acted as Project Lead for the introduction of the PC-9M aircraft into service with the Irish Air Corps between 2002 and 2005.
Having commanded at all levels within the Irish Air Corps, and served in EUFOR Tchad/RCA as Air Intelligence Chief in 2008, he was promoted to the rank of Colonel in 2016. Brig Gen O’Connor holds a Masters in Leadership, Management and Defence Studies from NUI Maynooth as well as a Masters from the War Studies Dept, Kings’ College London.
The Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Mr. Paul Kehoe T.D., announced the appointment of Brigadier General Seán Clancy to the position of Deputy Chief of Staff (Support) of the Defence Forces at its Cabinet meeting on 20th March. the appointment took effect from 3rd April and Brigadier General Clancy will be promoted to the rank of Major General on assuming his appointment.
Speaking of the appointment Minister Kehoe said “I wish Brigadier General Clancy every continued success and I know he will make a significant contribution to the Defence Forces in his new role as Deputy Chief of Staff (Support). I look forward to working closely with him in the future”. Brigadier General Clancy was appointed GOC of the Irish Air Corps in July 2017.