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Riho Ühtegi

Confirmed: Brigadier General Riho Ühtegi

Commander, Estonian Defence League

BG Riho Ühtegi has been a member of the Estonian Defence League since 1990. His Military Career has progressed from 1982 where he served in the Soviet Army, then joined the Police Forces, before becoming a Commander of Military Intelligence Battalion in 2006. Since then, BG Riho has been a Contingent Commander in the 1st Infantry Brigade’s Kalev Battalion (foreign mission in Afghanistan) in 2010, Chief of Intelligence Department of Army Staff 2011, Commander of ESTSOF for 7 years before moving to a Brigadier General of EDL since 2019. 

 

Education
1982 graduated from Elva Gymnasium
2007 graduated from Tartu University (Law MA)

Military Education
1994 graduated from Officers’ Training Course in National Defense Academy
1996 graduated from the Netherlands’ Staff College, International Staff Officers’ Course
1998 graduated from G. Marshall Center in Germany, International Defense and Security Studies’ Course
2003 graduated from Baltic Defence College, Colonels’ course

Military Career
1982 – 1984 conscript service in the Soviet Army
1991 – 1993 Platoon Commander in the Police Forces
1993 Company Commander
1993 – 1996 Chief of Section in Intelligence Department of the Headquarters of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF HQ)
1996 – 2006 Chief of Intelligence Department of the EDF HQ
1998 – 2006 Commander of Military Intelligence Battalion
2006 – Peace Operations Center, Team Commander (foreign mission in Afghanistan)
2006 – 2007 Commander of Military Intelligence Battalion
2007 – 2008 Lecturer in Military Academy, Chair of Brigade and Battalion level Tactics
2008 – 2010 Chief of Intelligence Department of Army Staff
2010 – Contingent Commander in the 1st Infantry Brigade’s Kalev Battalion (foreign mission in Afghanistan)
2011 – Chief of Intelligence Department of Army Staff
2011 – 2012 Defense Attaché of the Republic of Estonia in Georgia
2012 – 2019 Commander of ESTSOF
2019 – Commander of the Estonian Defence League

Military ranks
1994 Lieutenant
1995 Captain
1998 Major
2010 Lieutenant Colonel
2016 Colonel
2019 Brigadier General

Decorations
The Cross of Eagle, 4th Class Order
The Cross of Eagle, 5th Class Order
Golden Badge of Ministry of Defence
Badge of Merit of the EDF

Defence Long-service Medal (EDF)
Defence Distinguished Service Cross (EDF)
Service Medal of EDF HQ
Army Officer Golden Cross Service Medal of Army Staff
10 years of restored Defence Forces Memorial Medal
White Cross of the Estonian Defence League, 4th Class Order
Service Medal of the Estonian Defence League, 1st Class Service
Medal of the Estonian Defence League, 2nd Class
Medal of Special Services of the Estonian Defence League
Medal for participation in international peacekeeping operations
Medal of NATO Non-article 5 operations
Paratrooper wings of the EDF, US Marines, Germany and France
Service Badge of Intelligence Battalion Service
Badge of ESTSOF
The US Army Commendation Medal
General Kvinitadze Medal, Georgia

Participation in organizations
Member of the Estonian Defence League since 1990
President of the Estonian Shooting Sport Federation since 2019

 

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