News from the Green Howards
LIFE PEERAGE FOR GENERAL SIR RICHARD DANNATT
On Friday the 19th November the latest Peerages were announced. We are delighted by the news that General Sir Richard Dannatt is to become a Life Peer and extend our warmest congratulations.
General Dannatt was commissioned into the Green Howards in 1971 and took over 7 Platoon, B Company in the Ardoyne on 14th August 1971. He served seven tours of duty in Northern Ireland and also with the UN in Cyprus and for many years in Germany. He commanded 1st Battalion The Green Howards from 1989 to 1991.
From 1994 to1996 he commanded 4th Armoured Brigade again in Germany and also in Bosnia during the early days of the implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement. After heading the Defence Programme Staff during the new Labour Government's Strategic Defence Review in 1997/98, he took command of 3rd (United Kingdom) Division in January 1999, and also served in Kosovo that year as Commander British Forces. In 2000 he returned to Bosnia as the Deputy Commander Operations of the NATO Stabilisation Force (SFOR). From 2001 to 2002 he was the Assistant Chief of the General Staff in the Ministry of Defence before taking command of NATO's Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC). In March 2005 he took over as Commander-in-Chief Land Command, and assumed the appointment of Chief of the General Staff in August 2006, handing over to General Sir David Richards three years later.
Sir Richard has elected to sit on the cross benches.
General Dannatt's autobiography Leading From the Front is available at our on-line shop http://www.greenhowards.org.uk/itemdetails.php?ID=140