Multinational Force and Observers, now that sounds like a fierce outfit.
The MFO includes about 600 US soldiers.
I wonder if we allowed them to have real ammo?
Perhaps we can ship some of the hollow points that the Social Security Admin and NOAA purchased... /sarcasm off
When we did our rotation there back in the day, we had the berets that looked like girl scouts in color. Not sure if they still have those or not. Doesn’t exactly strike fear.
It rotates through units. I was in the 101st when I went. We were replaced by the 82nd, who was then replaced by 10th Mountain etc.
The MFO was the force that was placed between the Israelis and the Egyptians to prevent any more sneak attacks such as the Yom Kippur War.
In Ronald Reagan’s 2nd term, approximately December 1985, near Christmas, a large portion of the MFO Battalion from the 101st Airborne, on its way home after its 6 month tour of duty in the Sinai, was killed when its plane went down at Gander, Newfoundland.
President Reagan went to Ft Campbell, home of the Screaming Eagles, and personally comforted grieving widows and friends. I remember tears streaming down my face as our president spoke in one of the hangars at Campbell Army Airfield. By sheer coincidence, I was assigned a few months later to Ft Campbell. The loss of those soldiers was still a wound on that installation.
I’m sure it is for the families involved even today.
I was deployed there in 2006. We were an Infantry battalion.