One of the country's most senior army officers begins a two day visit to the North West today.
Brigadier General Gerry Hegarty, General Officer Commanding the 4th Western Brigade, will visit members of the 58 Infantry battalion Reserve Defence Forces, and 54 Communications and Information Service RDF units in Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim.
During the two day visit, Brigadier General Hegarty will meet members of the Reserve Defence Force, and and highlight their important role within the Defence Forces and local communities.
The G.O.C. will reinforce the need for the RDF during visits to a number of areas, including Carndonagh, Rockhill, Sligo, Manorhamilton and Carrick-on-Shannon.
In particular, Brigadier General Hegarty says he is looking forward to meeting members of the 58 Infantry battalion who will march in uniform in the New York Saint Patricks Day parade in 2010. This will be a first for a Reserve Defence Forces unit.