Major General Indrek Sirel was born in 1970 in Tallinn, Estonia. He graduated from
the Moscow Military Academy and served as a platoon leader in the former Soviet
Major General Sirel joined the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) in 1993 and was
commissioned through the evaluation process. From 1993-99, his assignments have
included, Alfa Company Commander, Kalevi Single Infantry Battalion; Company
Commander, North Single Infantry Company; Commanding Officer, Viru Single
Infantry Battalion; and completing various Staff Officer positions in the Operations
Department at EDF Headquarters.
He attended United States Army Command and General Staff College Course at Fort
Leavenworth 1999-2000. Between 2001 and 2004 he completed two assignments at
the EDF HQ, Section Head in the Operations Department and later in the Analysis and
Planning Department. Whilst also graduating from Finnish National Defence
Academy’s Special Flag Officers Course.
In 2004 he deployed with ISAF VI as a Staff Officer, CJ3 plans, ISAF HQ, he was also
the Senior National Representative of the Estonian ISAF contingent during the
In 2005-2006 he commanded the Scouts Battalion, moving on in 2006 to be the Chief
of Staff, Land Forces Headquarters and simultaneously fulfilling the position of
Acting Commander of the Estonian Land Forces. He was appointed Commander,
Estonian Land Forces in 2008 and held that position until 2012. During this period he
attended United States Army War College and gained a Master of Strategic Studies
Late 2012 he became the Assistant Chief of Staff J7 at the NATO Joint Force
Command Brunssum. He was the lead exercise planner responsible for numerous
major training events that included Exercises STEADFAST JAZZ 13 and TRIDENT
From 2016 until June 2021 he served as Deputy Commander of the Estonian Defence
Forces. In August 2021 he was appointed as the Estonian Military Representative to
NATO and EU.
He has received the following awards and decorations, Order of the Cross of Eagle –
II class, Army Officer Golden Cross, Commander Legion of Merit (US) and also is the
recipient of Estonian Parachutist Badge.
Major General Sirel is married to Rita and has two grown-up sons.