Army Chief to take up key UN role

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TRADOC Command Handover Ceremony at the New Zealand Army National Marae (Rongomaraeroa O Nga Hau E Wha Marae) where Command of TRADOC was handed over from COL E. Williams to COL J. Bliss. Chief of Army, MAJGEN D. Gawn making an address as part of the Powhiri Ceremony to mark the handover of Command of TRADOC.

Report by NewsroomPlus.com – Source: NZ Defence Force

Chief of Army, Major General (MAJGEN) Dave Gawn has been appointed Head of Mission/ Chief of Staff to the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO).

TRADOC Command Handover Ceremony at the New Zealand Army National Marae (Rongomaraeroa O Nga Hau E Wha Marae) where Command of TRADOC was handed over from COL E. Williams to COL J. Bliss. Chief of Army, MAJGEN D. Gawn making an address as part of the Powhiri Ceremony to mark the handover of Command of TRADOC

Chief of Defence Lieutenant General Tim Keating says this is a significant achievement for MAJGEN Gawn, and for NZ Defence Force.
“We are known as a force which trains and equips its personnel to succeed.  Around the world, NZ Defence Force has a great reputation for its professionalism, leadership and skills.
“Major-General Gawn’s appointment to this role is testament to his strong leadership. His ability to undertake a significant role on the international stage is an achievement he can be extremely proud of.”
MAJGEN Gawn will take over from current Head of Mission/Chief of Staff, Major General Michael Finn, of Ireland.
UNTSO was the first peacekeeping operation established by the United Nations, with the first military observers arriving in the Middle East in June 1948. UNTSO’s activities are spread over five host countries – Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syrian Arab Republic.
UNTSO military observers in the Middle East monitor ceasefires, supervise armistice agreements, prevent isolated incidents from escalating and assist other peacekeeping operations in the region to fulfil their respective mandates.
Twenty-six countries contribute military personnel to the mission, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Slovenia, Switzerland and the United States.
Currently eight NZ Defence Force personnel are serving with UNTSO in the Middle East.
While appointed as Head of Mission/ Chief of Staff UNTSO, United Nations’ protocols mean MAJGEN Gawn will wear a New Zealand Uniform but will not be a member of the NZ Defence Force.
It is likely MAJGEN Gawn will take up his new role on 1 August 2015.
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