Nov 25, 2021
The MFO spoke to Specialist William Laybourne earlier this year when he was deployed with Task Force Sinai as part of the U.S. Contingent (USCON). Specialist Laybourne is a military working dog handler who was partnered with Ninja, one of the MFO’s military working dogs in the Sinai. For more information on USCON please see the following link.
Nov 15, 2021
On 12 November 2021, the MFO marked the one-year anniversary of the death of seven of its members in a helicopter crash on Tiran Island off the coast of Sinai.
Nov 9, 2021
The MFO was honored to host military representatives from both Parties to the 1979 Treaty of Peace, the Arab Republic of Egypt and the State of Israel, and provide logistical and technical support for their Joint Military Committee (JMC) meeting on November 7, 2021, at the MFO’s South Camp.
Nov 5, 2021
Delegates from the MFO participated in commemorative events honoring the brave men and women who fought in battles at El Alamein, Egypt, and Beersheba, Israel, during the World Wars.
Nov 3, 2021
On 31 October 2021, Ambassador Noke Masaki from Japan was presented with the Director General’s Award for Excellence for his longstanding support of the MFO and help in furthering peace and understanding between Egypt and Israel.
Oct 28, 2021
Following two years in the Sinai, Kristin Claire Williams, the spouse of our Force Commander, Major General Evan Williams, returned to New Zealand. Prior to her departure, MFO Director General R. Stephen Beecroft recognized her many contributions to the MFO by presenting her with the Director General’s Award. She will be remembered by her MFO family with great affection.
Oct 21, 2021
The MFO speaks with Staff Sergeant Jessica Cordero. Staff Sergeant Cordero is currently serving within Task Force Sinai, part of the U.S. Contingent (USCON), as the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for Finance. Many of the officers and non-commissioned officers who work in Task Force Sinai are dual-hatted with specialized skills and carry out important responsibilities both for USCON and the MFO. For more information on USCON please see the following link.
Oct 11, 2021
NZDF News: RNZAF’s longest-serving woman signs off after years of progress
The Jerusalem Strategic Tribune: 40 Years On, the Sinai Multinational Force Still Plays a Vital Role
Réseau d’analyse stratégique (RAS) - Network for Strategic Analysis (NAS): Interview with Major General Dennis Thompson, retired (in French)
NZDF News: Sailors in the Sinai
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy: Avoiding an Epic Mistake
Defense One: Washington Should Avoid a Self-Inflicted Wound in the Sinai
Fiji Times: Lt-Col Vananalagi Is Now Chief Observer Group Golan
NZ Herald: Northlander in Military Police during mission in Egypt
Middle East Institute Article: The times have changed, but the need for a US-led MFO hasn’t
Aug 25, 2021
The MFO speaks to Lieutenant (Navy) Sandro Semeraro from the Italian Contingent (ITCON). Lieutenant Semeraro is currently serving admirably with the MFO as the Commanding Officer of the ITS Esploratore, one of the four vessels provided to the MFO by Italy for our Coastal Patrol Unit. The Coastal Patrol Unit plays an important Protocol function by ensuring freedom of navigation through the Strait of Tiran in accordance with Article V of the Treaty of Peace. For more information on ITCON please see the following link.