Mission leadership

Major-General Michael Beary

On 19 July 2016, Major-General Michael Beary (Ireland) assumed command as Force Commander and Head of Mission of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

Major General Michael Beary had a long and distinguished career since joining the Irish Army as an Infantry Corps Officer in 1975. As General Officer commanding 2nd Brigade since 2013, he served in a wide variety of assignments and held several command and staff officer appointments, including at the unit, brigade and defence force headquarters levels.

He spent 10 years on overseas deployments, including in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Lebanon, Uganda and Somalia. From 2011 to 2013, he commanded the European Union military training mission in Somalia, and in 2004 he was the Liaison Team Leader with the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. He was previously Director of Training for the Irish Defence Forces and Commandant of the Military College.

Major-General Beary was deployed to UNIFIL in southern Lebanon three times: 1982, 1989 and 1999.

Major General Beary holds a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Business Studies and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy. He is a graduate of the Command and Staff School of the Irish Defence Forces, and of the National War College at the National Defence University in Washington, D.C.

Born in 1956 in Ireland, he is married and has three children.