Members of the 27th Infantry Battalion, which is based at Aiken Barracks Dundalk, will form part of the 115 Irish troops who will leave for the Golan Heights in Syria this month.
They will be based 50 kilometres from Damascus and join the UN troops policing the zone that separates Israel and Syria.
Lieutennant Colonel Maureen O’Brien, Officer Commanding (OC) the 27th Battalion said they will be part of the quick reaction force, which would be the first to be called on, which is based in the zone.
The 27th Battalion is celebrating its 40th anniversary and Lt Col O’Brien was at the County Museum Dundalk to see the launch of a four-day military exhibition, which formed part of the celebrations.
She paid tribute to the families of battalion members.
“The family is part of the defence force,” she said and was looking forward to the family day at the Barracks which formed part of the celebrations.
The items on display were on loan from the excellent Army museum at the barracks.
Some of the items had been donated to the Army museum by the Aiken family, including, as Seargeant Ricardo Lucchesi pointed out, Frank Aiken’s original revolver.
This was a superb exhibition.