Portadown soldier gets another top promotion

Portadown soldier, Brigadier Colin Weir MBR DSO, has been promoted once again, this time to major general.

Thursday, 23rd August 2018, 8:22 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd September 2018, 12:16 pm
Colin Weir has been promoted from brigadier to major general

Mr Weir is currently the chief operations officer at The Permanent Joint Headquarters in London, which commands joint and tri-service military operations and provides advice to the MoD.

Former Royal Irish captain Doug Beattie – now a UUP MLA – congratulated his fellow Portadown man.

“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,” he said.

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“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 as he led their premier 16 Air Assault Brigade.

“I am in no doubt as a major general he will continue to shine and we could well be seeing a Portadown man reach one of the highest positions in the British Army.”

Upper Bann DUP MLA Johnny Buckley also congratulated Mr Weir. “Portadown has a proud military history, we are all rightly proud of Colin, and all who serve in our armed forces,” he said.

Mr Weir is a former student of Portadown College and Queen’s University Belfast.