An Cosantóir

January February 2024

An Cosantóir the official magazine of the Irish Defence Forces and Reserve Defence Forces.

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| 3 THE DEFENCE FORCES MAGAZINE H ello, and welcome to our first issue of 2024, our 84th volume of the An Cosantóir magazine. As we begin the new year we would first like to wish all our readers a happy new year, we hope you will enjoy reading all our editions throughout the coming year. We are always aiming to bring you a wide variety of articles from sports to veterans, history to tactical and many more. We aspire to feature articles from each of these areas in each edition, and many more, so if you feel you have something that could feature in the magazine why not reach out to us at On Parade section, as usual in this section we showcase pictures from across the Defence Forces offering a snapshot of some of the great things that serving and former serving members have done in recent times. Our first feature we have an article by Lt Conor Smyth who gives us an insight into the 2023 Cambrian Patrol and the excellent gold medal result that the 28 Inf Bn achieved in the UK. This is followed by DFSM a century of progress, this article looks briefly at the history of the DFSM which recently celebrated its centenary. Moving on to the main focus of this edition, Sgt Rena Kennedy provides us with an interview with Mr Brian Molloy Head of Transformation who discusses the Detailed Implementation Plan, CODF, HLAP amongst many other current plans. We also have an update from the ACOS on the work of the Organisational Culture Standing Committee in 2023. We are continuing to feature the new Leadership doctrine, with a piece from S/Lt Smyth (NS) in this edition. This also outlines the new Leadership Hub available on the Connect App, where the leadership doctrine is available as an audiobook – perfect for listening to on your commute! In our veteran's section we feature an article from IUNVA who provide excellent services and support for our DF veterans. We also feature the 2022 DF Values in Action winners, congratulations to all the winners on receiving their awards. We have our regulars as always with our Sports & Clubs section, Book Review and From the Archives. As always if you would like something featured in the magazine or have any ideas on further redesigning have your say by emailing We are also looking to expand our team internally with permanent positions or also on a detachment, if you have an interest in photography or journalism this could be the team for you. For more Information e-mail "Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success." — Henry Ford Manager Comdt Helen Hosback +353 (0)45 44 5306 Editor Sgt John Rossiter +353 (0)45 44 5307 Photo/Journalist Vacant Photographer A/M Sam Gibney Admin NCO Cpl Martin Bennett +353 (0)45 44 5312 DF/PR Information Cpl Eric Ryan +353 (0)45 44 5308 DF Webmaster Sgt Louise McDonald +353 (0)45 44 5307 Civilian Journalist Tony O'Brien Designer JM Publishing & Media Arklow, Co. Wicklow, Ireland Tel: +353 (0)87 1344135 Email: The fact that an article appears in this magazine does not indicate official approval of the views expressed by the author. © Published by OiC Public Relations Branch for the Defence Forces at DFHQ, Block 5, Ceannt Bks, DFTC, Curragh Camp, Co Kildare, Ireland. Tel: +353 (0)45 445312 Front Cover Airman Sam Gibney Editorial Sgt John Rossiter Editor

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