EL GORAH, Egypt-(Feb. 21, 2016)-- Soldiers of Task Force Sinai welcomed General Joseph F. Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to El Gorah, Egypt to speak to leaders of the small peacekeeping force and reaffirm the importance of the mission in the region.
Task Force Sinai, with approximately 700 Soldiers serving throughout the Sinai Peninsula, is the U.S. contribution to the Multinational Force and Observers' peacekeeping mission.
"Today I had the opportunity to visit and talk with the exceptional North Camp Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai Peninsula," said Dunford. "The great Soldiers and partner nations service members, which make up the force play a crucial and strategic role in monitoring the peace brokered between Egypt and Israel at Camp David over 30 years ago."
While addressing troops during a lunch, Dunford reiterated the significance of the small U.S. contingent's participation in this peacekeeping mission and the importance of ensuring our troops safety in this region. The day's visit concluded with smiles and photo opportunities with the chairman and Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Troxell, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman.
"Task Force Sinai is a key participant in one of the most successful and longest standing peacekeeping missions in history," said Col. David E. Jones, Task Force Sinai commander.
This is the first time in history the U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has visited the small U.S. contingent.
"The chairman's visit to the Sinai confirms the importance of the contributions our Soldiers continue to make in the name of peace," said Jones. "He was very happy with the great achievements our troops have made over the last several months."