COMMAND Bio of the Interim Force Commander


MFO Interim Force Commander

Major General Evan Williams

Major General Williams is a New Zealand Army infantry officer with over thirty-nine years of experience across a range of leadership, training, and liaison appointments in New Zealand and overseas.





Some of the highlights of Major General Williams’ career include: two attachments to the British Army, one of which was of a two-year duration and included an operational tour to Bosnia; Company Command in East Timor with the 2nd New Zealand Battalion as part of the United Nations Force; Unit Command of the 2nd Health Support Battalion; Formation Command of the New Zealand Army Training and Doctrine Command; attendance at The Royal College of Defence Studies in London; a four year secondment to London as the Defence Advisor Head, New Zealand Defence Staff; followed by assignment as the Assistant Chief Strategic Commitments and Engagements and Deputy Chief of Army.

From 1 December 2019 to 5 March 2023, Major General Williams served as the MFO’s Force Commander. Upon his departure from service with the MFO, he was presented with the Distinguished Service for Peace award, the MFO’s highest honour.

Major General Williams is widowed. He has a son and daughter of his own and two stepdaughters.