SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt -- Troopers assigned to 1st Squadron (War Eagles,) 2nd Cavalry Regiment, received their Multinational Force and Observer (MFO) medals in a ceremony presided over by Maj. Gen. Denis Thompson, the MFO Force Commander, during the unit's deployment to the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, May 5, 2016. The medal is an international military decoration that is awarded to all Soldiers supporting the MFO, regardless of nationality, and is awarded after 170 days of service.
The Medals' Parade marks a significant milestone in the history of the War Eagles' Squadron and blossomed into an event that helped to create a bond between partnered nations as each foreign contingent held their own award's parade. The event provided every participating military unit an opportunity to celebrate the shared achievement.
With military personnel from Norway, Canada, Italy, New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom in attendance, Soldiers stood at attention while receiving their awards from Thompson, as well as, Col. David E.M. Jones, Task Force Sinai Commander and Chief of Staff; Cmdr. Sandro Calcagno, the Italian Contingent Commander; Lt. Col. Michael Manner, 1st Squadron Commander and Maj. Christopher Gilluly, 1st Squadron Operations Officer.
"The Medals Parade recognized the achievements of the War Eagles, in support of their strategic mission of maintaining the Treaty of Peace between Egypt and Israel during an especially turbulent time in the Sinai," said Gilluly. "The participation of the members of the many partner nations in the ceremony was representative of the close integration of the 13 nations in support of the MFO's mission, which has endured for over 30 years."
The War Eagles' Squadron will continue to support the MFO, manning nine remote sites, spanning 250km, while providing force protection and maintaining quick reaction forces across the Sinai Peninsula. The unit continues to conduct its peacekeeping mission as they focus on core infantry and cavalry tasks while further strengthening the NATO Alliance.