7 December 2012
RNZAF Iroquois helicopters fly over the Pyramids of Egypt. Rotary Wing Air Support was an early contribution by New Zealand to peace-monitoring in the Sinai.
One of New Zealand’s longest, but little known, military commitments was recognised this week with the launch of a new book that captures the work NZ Defence Force has undertaken at the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in Sinai.
Made up of anecdotes, essays and colour photographs, Sinai Journal: 30 years of Kiwis serving with the Multinational Force and Observers (edited by Sarah Chandler and Charlie O’Hara-Smith), documents the adventures of around 80 NZ Defence Force personnel of the more than 1500 soldiers, sailors, and air men and women who have served at the MFO since its inception in 1982.
The MFO was established to uphold the conditions set down in the Treaty of Peace signed between Egypt and Israel in 1979. Uruguay, Fiji, Hungary, and Norway are among the 12 contributing nations that make up the MFO.
Two Kiwi Force Commanders, Lieutenant General (Retired) Don McIver, and Major General (MAJ GEN) Warren Whiting, contributed to the book, as well as current Vice Chief of Defence Force, MAJ GEN Tim Keating and Carterton Mayor Ron Mark.
Dr Peter Greener of the NZDF Command and Staff College has said of the book, "Sometimes humorous, sometimes irreverent, sometimes sad, the stories in the Sinai Journal capture something of the lives of ordinary New Zealanders doing an extraordinary job in difficult circumstances."
Currently 28 NZ Defence Force personnel are serving at the MFO, providing expertise in operations, driving and training.
The book can be purchased for $29.95 at www.willsonscott.biz.
For further information please contact the Defence Communications Group on 021 487 980.