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Appointment of the MFO's Next Force Commander

The MFO Rome Headquarters announced today the appointment of Brigadier General Denis Thompson of Canada as the MFO’s next Commander of the peacekeeping force and observers stationed in the Sinai. The appointment was made with the approval of the Governments of Egypt and Israel. Brigadier General Thompson will serve as MFO Force Commander and be promoted to Major General for a two-year term commencing 3 March 2014.

Brigadier General Thompson has had a distinguished career in the Canadian Army. His recent experience includes his current service as Commander of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command. Prior service includes Commander of Task Force Kandahar in Afghanistan; Brigade Commander of the 2nd Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in Petawawa; a secondment to Foreign Affairs Canada; Battle Group Commander in Bosnia, Herzegovina; Commander of the 3rd Battalion, the Royal Canadian Regiment; and Deputy Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion. In addition to tours of duty in Afghanistan and Bosnia (twice), Brigadier General Thompson has also served in Cyprus and Germany. He has attended le Collège Militaire Royal de St. Jean, the Royal Military College of Canada at Kingston and the Royal Military College of Science in the United Kingdom.


The present Force Commander, Major General Warren J. Whiting, from New Zealand, has served with the MFO for four years with distinction. Prior to his term as Force Commander, he also served with the MFO for a year in 1995-96 as Deputy Chief of Operations and New Zealand Contingent Commander. At the MFO’s annual Trilateral Meeting last month, the MFO Director General, Ambassador David Satterfield, said that Major General Whiting “faithfully served the MFO for four years that have been by far the most challenging since our inception. He has every reason to be proud of his many contributions to our mission of peace, and I thank him and his government for his service.”

 

Previous MFO Force Commanders have come from Australia, Canada, Italy, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Norway.


To read the Canadian National Defense and Armed Forces news release on Brigadier General Thompson's appointment, please visit the following link.