MFO Force Commander Designate, Major General Evan G. Williams of New Zealand
Major General Williams will assume command of the Multinational Force and Observers on 1 December 2019 from the current Force Commander, Major General Simon Stuart of Australia, who will relinquish command after three nearly years of distinguished leadership.
Major General Williams is presently Deputy Chief of the New Zealand Army. His military career, since 1985, has included a variety of command and staff appointments. As an infantry and operations officer, his assignments included company, battalion, and brigade commands, service with the United Nations Force in East Timor, deployment to Indonesia as the Senior National Officer after the 2004 tsunami, attachment to the British Army including service in Bosnia, and assignment as the MFO Force Commander's Military Assistant in 1998.
He has also served as Commander of the New Zealand Army Training and Doctrine Command that included a deployment to Afghanistan, as Head of the New Zealand Defence Staff in London, and as Assistant Chief of Strategic Commitments and Engagements. He attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in London and has a master's degree from the U.S. Army Command and Staff College.
Major General Williams and his wife, Kristin, together have four children.