Death of former MFO Force Commander - LTG Bull-Hansen
This varied and exceptional career served him well as he assumed a pivotal role in setting up the Egypt and Israeli agreed upon Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in the Sinai in 1981 and 1982 and serving as its first Force Commander from 1982 to 1984. In the post-war Sinai of barbed wire and trenches, desolation and austerity, his contribution was extraordinary – the creation of a then-novel peacekeeping force and unique civilian observer unit entirely outside the auspices and without the assistance of the United Nations. His experience, energy, and vision were critical to the successful April 1982 start of the MFO mission on schedule despite extremely limited preparation time to define the operational concept, assemble the contingents, and set up the initial Sinai facilities to support them. The MFO and its supporting states owe LTG Bull-Hansen a tremendous debt of gratitude for his contribution to the MFO, Egyptian-Israeli peace, and regional stability. After MFO service, LTG Bull-Hansen returned to Norway as Defense Chief from 1984 to 1987.
The funeral will take place at the RIS church in Oslo on Thursday, March 15. The MFO will be represented there by its current Force Commander, MG Simon Stuart (Australia), and the senior Norwegian officer in the MFO, Col. Ole Oie. The MFO conveys its sincerest condolences to the family and to our colleagues in Norway over the loss of this towering figure in Norway’s recent military history.