ADF personnel deployed on Operation MAZURKA in the Sinai have achieved international fame and won admiration from their multinational colleagues following their success in the latest Multinational Force & Observers’ (MFO) Force Skills Competition.
Despite few team training opportunities and the average team-member age of 39, Team AUSCON (Australian Contingent) tackled with gusto the Multinational Force & Observers (MFO) three-day event held in North Sinai over 29 Sep - 1 Oct 14.
Deployed Navy, Air Force and Army personnel from Operation MAZURKA stand with their treadmills after their fundraising walk in the Sinai, Egypt.
The ADF contingent of 25 Navy, Army and Air Force personnel recently gave themselves the challenge of walking the equivalent distance from North Camp in El Gorah to South Camp at Sharm El Sheikh as a fundraiser for the Integrated Service Peoples Association of Australia, which provides unconditional support for our Defence veterans from all conflicts.
Twenty-five ADF members working under Operation Mazurka are assisting the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in the Sinai, Egypt.
The MFO is a non-UN organisation established in 1981 to oversee long-standing peace agreements in the region.
The MFO is maintained by 12 nations including Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, Fiji and France. Australia's involvement in the MFO began in early 1982 with the formation of an Australia-New Zealand combined helicopter squadron.
ADF members assist in the peace process by monitoring the border, preparing daily operational briefings and supporting the Headquarters.
Operation Mazurka is commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Nerolie McDonald.