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Beattie congratulates fellow Portadown soldier on new appointment

Upper Bann Ulster Unionist MLA Doug Beattie MC has congratulated Portadown’s Brigadier Colin Weir DSO MBE, on his appointment as General Officer Commanding one of the UK’s premier Divisions.

Doug Beattie MC MLA said:

“It is with a real sense of pleasure that I write to Brigadier Colin Weir DSO MBE to congratulate him on his appointment as General Officer Commanding 1 (UK) Division, assuming the rank of Major General.

“I served alongside Colin – a fellow Portadown man - in 1 R IRISH and under his command in Nad-e-Ali District of Southern Afghanistan in 2010-11 for which Colin was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO). Not only does Colin have a proud military background but his father, Herbert Weir, was also a well-respected teacher at Clounagh Junior High School, and in fact taught me as a young student at that school.

“I wish Colin all the best of luck in what will be a challenging position, leading one of the UK’s premier Divisions, just as he led their premier 16 Air Assault Brigade.  I am in no doubt as a Major General he will continue to shine and am very proud that we are seeing a Portadown man reach one of the highest positions in the British Army.”

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