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Defence Honours & Awards

Foreign Awards

Multinational Force and Observers Medal

Australian Defence Force members working under Operation MAZURKA assist the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in the Sinai, Egypt.

The MFO awards system recognises service with the MFO, including special recognition of outstanding acts or performance, by military and civilian members of the MFO, prime Sinai Support Contractor employees and individuals or organisations from outside the MFO who make a particular contribution to the organisation. MFO awards are to be worn in accordance with national rules and regulations.

The MFO Medal is a meritorious service medal which is awarded to military and observer members of the MFO in recognition of honourable performance of duty with the MFO.

Eligibility

The medal is awarded for six months (minimum 170 days) of honourable duty with the MFO. Eligibility for the initial award will also be considered satisfied for those who:

  1. die during their service with the MFO; or
  2. are medically repatriated due to MFO service - incurred injuries or illness; or
  3. complete a contingent tour of less than six months, as agreed between the Director General and the respective Participating State.

Design

The medal is bronze, round and bears the MFO emblem on the obverse, with the words ‘United in Service for Peace’ on the reverse.

The medal set includes a miniature medal.

Ribbon

The ribbon is 1 3/8 inches wide of MFO orange colour, with a 1/4 inch white stripe centred between two 1/16 inch vertical green stripes.

Numerals

The medal can be awarded only once. Each additional six month (minimum 170 days) period of service is denoted with consecutive numerals.

Honours and Awards Manual

Chapter 35 Foreign Awards

Approval to Wear

The Australian Government has officially accepted the MFO Medal for wear by Australian Defence Force members.

The names of eligible members are sent to the Directorate of Honours and Awards on Routine Orders through administrative channels in theatre. The Routine Orders are verified before being processed for approval by the Governor-General. Once approval notification is received, PMKeyS is updated to reflect the award. The medal cannot be mounted or worn until it has been approved for wear and recorded on PMKeyS.

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Multinational Force and Observers Medal - Reverse - Click to open high resolution version in new window

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