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Death of former MFO Force Commander - LTG Bull-Hansen

It is with profound sadness that MFO has learned of the death March 1, 2018, of its first Force Commander, LTG Fredrik V. Bull-Hansen of Norway.

 

LTG Bull-Hansen had a long and distinguished military and peacekeeping career, including service in Norway as chief at the Army’s staffing school from 1973 to 1975, Chief of Intelligence Staff in 1977, and in 1979 as General and Commander of the Land Forces in Northern Norway.  He saw peacekeeping service with the UNEF in Egypt in 1956-57.

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.