7 October 2019
The Chief of Defence Force, Air Marshal (AM) Kevin Short, today welcomed the appointment of senior Army officer Major General (MAJGEN) Evan Williams as the next Force Commander for the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) mission in the Sinai Peninsula.
MAJGEN Williams was promoted last month in order to take up the new role in December. He was until recently Deputy Chief of Army.
AM Short said that as MFO Force Commander, he will lead approximately 1150 military personnel from 13 countries for a period of three years.
The mission of the MFO is to preserve peace on the peninsula and uphold the 1979 peace treaty between Israel and Egypt.
“This longstanding peacekeeping mission in the Middle East is also significant for the NZDF, which has maintained a presence on this deployment since it started in 1982,” AM Short said.
“This is the third time that New Zealand has held the MFO Force Commander position, the other two being Major General Don McIvor in 1989-1991 and Major General Warren Whiting in 2010-2014.
“I wish to offer my congratulations to MAJGEN Williams on this important appointment. He has served with distinction in the New Zealand Army for the past 30 years, and will provide outstanding leadership to the MFO.”