6-9 Cav. to support peacekeeping in Sinai
FORT HOOD, Texas – The 1st Cavalry Division announced today a battalion task force from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team will deploy to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula this summer as part of the Multinational Force and Observers peacekeeping force.
The 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, will observe and report violations of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty during its nine-month deployment. The 400-plus Soldier U.S. battalion will be based on the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula, near Sharm-el-Sheikh. The U.S. Soldiers will man observation posts and check points along the southeast coast of the Sinai Peninsula between Eilat, Israel and Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt.
The 3rd Brigade Combat Team's 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry most recently assisted with the drawdown of U.S. Forces in Iraq and the training of Iraqi security forces. The unit returned to Fort Hood from Iraq in the fall of 2011. The squadron recently completed a rotation at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., and has spent six months training to accomplish this peacekeeping mission.
The MFO is a result of the 1979 Camp David Peace Accords, which were signed by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, Israeli President Menachem Begin, and U.S. President Jimmy Carter. The MFO is currently comprised of 13 nations. U.S. forces have participated in the MFO mission since its inception in 1982.
For more information concerning Multinational Force and Observers-Sinai, visit their webpage at http://www.MFO.org. For more information on 6-9 Cavalry, contact 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs Office at (254) 288-9598.
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