Lieutenant General John Murray Sanderson retired from the Australian Army on June 23, 1998, after more than 40 years of service in a wide variety of challenging appointments in operational and managerial fields. General Sanderson’s operational experience has included tours of duty in Malaysia (1965-1966), South Vietnam (1966, 1970-1971), and Cambodia (1991-1993). General Sanderson has had many staff appointments. In 1981, he was Military Assistant to the Chief of the General Staff, and in 1982, was appointed the Director of Planning for the Army. In 1986, he was promoted to Brigadier and chaired the Army Reserve Review Committee. He has served as the Assistant Chief of Defense Force Policy (1989), and Commander Joint Forces Australia (1993-1995). In November 1991, General Sanderson was seconded to the Secretary General of the United Nations, initially as the military advisor on Cambodia, and from March 1992, as Force Commander of the Military Component of the United Nations Transition Authority in Cambodia in the rank of Lieutenant General. He commanded the 16,000-strong military force raised from 34 member nations under the mandate established to assist the implementation of the Paris Peace Agreements of October 1991. He remained commander until the successful conclusion of the complex mission in October 1993. During that period his tasks included the detailed direction of the military force, the provision of logistic and security support to the U.S. humanitarian and electoral agencies, strategic liaison with the surrounding nations, planning and direction of the armies of the four warring factions, liaison with the military authorities of the member nations, and participation in the development of planning for the administrative direction of Cambodia and the conduct of the first Cambodian elections. At various times his service has been recognized by his appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia, and Officer of the Order, and for his service in Cambodia, Australia’s highest award, a Companion of the Order of Australia. In 1997 he was awarded the United States Legion of Merit Commander Class for his contributions to the development of bilateral and regional relationships. He is the author of numerous articles on peacekeeping and humanitarian response.