Finnish Army Major General Mika Peltonen is the current (2005) commander of the Multinational Task Force North of EUFOR.
General Peltonen was born January 23, 1956 in Tampere, Finland. He was a foreign exchange student taking part in the Youth For Understanding exchange program. He lived in Glendale, California where he attended and graduated from Herbert Hoover High School. He graduated from high school in Finland in 1976 and the Finnish Military Academy in 1980.
General Peltonen has had an illustrious career in the Finnish Military. He has served as Aid De Camp to three successive Finnish Presidents, taught at the Finnish Military Academy, and had command of an infantry brigade, Inspector on Finnish Infantry and Deputy Chief of Army Staff and is currently serving as The Finnish Defense Forces’ Chief of Planning.
Aides-de-Camp until 1.3.2000 Web page - http://www.tpk.fi/ahtisaari/eng/cven.html
Hoover High School "Scroll" yearbook, 1974 - page 37
News article documenting EUFOR's Multinational Task Force North's handover from General Peltonen: http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/mobile/bs/features/setimes/newsbriefs/2005/12/01/nb-02
News article showing rank as Major General and Chief of Planning: http://www.fincent.fi/html/en/1256738635045486679.html