Norwegian General to Lead UN Peacekeeping Operation in Middle East

2/10/2009 // The Norwegian Major-General Robert Mood is appointed as Head of Mission and Chief of Staff of the United Nation Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO) in the Middle East.

Mood has been Chief of Staff of the Norwegian Army since April 2005. He will take over the post as chief of UNTSO in the beginning of February.

General Mood joined the Norwegian Army in 1979, and has held progressive operational command and staff appointments at the tactical, operational and strategic levels during his career.

He graduated from the Norwegian Military Academy in 1983 and from the Norwegian Army Staff Collage in 1993.

General Mood also received degrees from the US Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 1996, and from the NATO Defence College in 2001.

In 2002-2003, he held the appointments of Inspector General of Combined Arms and of Commanding Officer of Norwegian Army Combined Arms Centre of Competence.

In 2004, General Mood was the commanding Officer of the Norwegian Army Transformation and Doctrine Command and, in April, was appointed Chief of Staff of the Norwegian Army.

He has served twice with KFOR, most recently in 2002 as Chief, Joint Implementation Commission, and previously as Battalion Commander in 1999-2000.

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