Man who spoke for the mil­i­tary in NI stands down

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY STAFF RE­PORTER

A CO Down man who be­came the voice of the mil­i­tary in North­ern Ire­land is re­tir­ing.

Af­ter a ca­reer in me­dia and de­fence around the world, Ken John­ston is step­ping down as Head of the De­fence Press Of­fice here.

Mr John­ston — who worked at the Belfast Tele­graph ear­lier in his ca­reer — joined the Min­istry of De­fence in 1994 and has been de­ployed around the world.

Re­turn­ing to North­ern Ire­land in 2008 as Chief Press Of­fi­cer with the De­fence Press Of­fice, he’s now plan­ning to re­turn to many of his for­mer de­ploy­ments — but this time in more com­fort.

“They say time is a ma­jor com­po­nent of wealth,” he said. “I’ve now got to learn to spend it wisely.”

Re­tir­ing: Ken John­ston

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