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New Zealand Campaign Medals - The New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Afghanistan)

Obverse View

The New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Afghanistan) obverse view

Reverse View

The New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Afghanistan) reverse view

Note: The NZGSM (Afghanistan) above is shown with the ribbon for the primary operational area.

About the NZGSM (Afghanistan) primary operational area

The NZGSM (Afghanistan) was instituted in 2002 to recognise New Zealand personnel (both military and non military) who served in Afghanistan from December 2001. There are two qualifying geographical areas for the award. The ‘primary' operational area is within the borders of Afghanistan itself, while the ‘secondary' operational area includes:

  1. sea areas in the Middle East where New Zealand ships and aircraft undertook maritime interdiction patrols to intercept weapons and other contraband being transported to support international terrorist groups; and
  2. areas of countries near Afghanistan in which forces were based to support the operations in Afghanistan or support the maritime interdiction patrols against international terrorism.

Different medal ribbons denote the primary and secondary areas.

The NZGSM (Afghanistan) has been awarded to over 3800 NZDF personnel. Over 3000 personnel have received the medal for service in the primary area; with over 800 personnel having completed the required qualifying service in the secondary area. The NZGSM (Afghanistan) primary operational area has also been awarded to New Zealand Police personnel and to nine New Zealand Red Cross aid workers.

Amended policy. The new Regulations approved in December 2018 allow personnel who completed the required amounts of qualifying service in both the secondary and primary operational areas to wear both the NZGSM (Afghanistan: Primary Operational Area) and the NZGSM (Afghanistan: Secondary Operational Area). Previously they were only awarded one NZGSM (Afghanistan), and wore it with the ribbon for the primary operational area. See Regulation 10 of the 2002 Regulations for the NZGSM (Afghanistan).

How to apply:

1) Still serving military or civilian NZDF personnel: Please use the online Contact Form to ask NZDF Personnel Archives and Medals to check the SAP and ATLAS records and issue any additional NZGSM.

2) Ex-NZDF personnel personnel: Please complete NZDF Personnel Archives and Medals Form No. 1 - MD1050.

Further information. Further information on service by New Zealand personnel in Afghanistan and in the surrounding countries can be found in the media statements listed below, on the Overseas Deployments page and Afghanistan page of the NZDF website, and on the Medals Listed by Campaign table.

About the ribbon

The proportions of the ribbon for the primary operational area follow those used for the New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 and the New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Solomon Islands).

The ribbon is comprised of stripes of black, red and green. These colours have been used as the basic colours of a variety of traditional Afghanistan flags since 1900, and in 1929 were recognised as the national colours of the country. It is generally accepted that black alludes to the past, red to blood shed for independence, and green to hope. Green also represents the Islamic faith and is regarded as a sacred colour.

Royal Warrant

The Royal Warrant for the New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 can be viewed here.

Medal Regulations

The 2018 Regulations for the New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Afghanistan: Primary Operational Area) (pdf file, 369kb) can be downloaded here. The Regulations can be viewed as text / html at http://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2018/0276/latest/LMS84954.html?src=qs (on the Parliamentary Counsel Office's New Zealand Legislation website).

The 2018 Regulations for the New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Afghanistan: Secondary Operational Area) (pdf file, 372kb) can be downloaded here. The Regulations can be viewed as text / html at http://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2018/0277/latest/LMS84348.html?src=qs (on the Parliamentary Counsel Office's New Zealand Legislation website).

The previous Regulations for the New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Afghanistan) from 2002 can be viewed here. The 2002 Regulations were revoked in 2018.

Clasps and Bars

There are no clasps or bars for this medal.

Order of Wear

The position of this medal in the Wearing of Medals in New Zealand Table can be viewed here.

Recipients of New Zealand Gallantry Awards for their actions in Afghanistan

9 December 2014 - Special Honours List:

The New Zealand Gallantry Star - to two members of the 1st New Zealand Special Air Service Regiment (whose names are withheld for security reasons).

The New Zealand Gallantry Decoration - to two members of the 1st New Zealand Special Air Service Regiment (whose names are withheld for security reasons).

The New Zealand Gallantry Medal - to five members of the 1st New Zealand Special Air Service Regiment (whose names are withheld for security reasons).

20 April 2013 - Special Honours List:

The New Zealand Gallantry Decoration - to Lance Corporal Leon Kristopher SMITH (T1002840), 1 New Zealand Special Air Service Group (Deceased);

• The New Zealand Gallantry Medal -

1 October 2011 - Special Honours List:

The New Zealand Gallantry Star - to Corporal Albert Henry Moore (B1012323), Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment.
The New Zealand Gallantry Decoration -

The New Zealand Gallantry Medal - to Warrant Officer Class Two Denis Joachim Wanihi (D771492), Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment (The Duke of York's Own).

2 July 2007 - Special Honours List:

The Victoria Cross for New Zealand - to Corporal Bill Henry Apiata, New Zealand Special Air Service.

The New Zealand Gallantry Decoration - to two members of the 1st New Zealand Special Air Service Group.
The New Zealand Gallantry Medal - to one member of the 1st New Zealand Special Air Service Group.

For security reasons, the names of the recipients in 2007 of the New Zealand Gallantry Decorations and the New Zealand Gallantry Medal have not been released by the New Zealand Government.

Personnel who have been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for their service in Afghanistan since Dec 2001 include

 

Recipients of the New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration for their service in Afghanistan since Dec 2001 include

Media statement about the NZGSM (Afghanistan) Primary Operational Area

Media statements and news articles

concerning service by New Zealand personnel in Afghanistan

Other Campaign Medals awarded to New Zealanders for service in Afghanistan since 2001

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Medal for Afghanistan - NATO Operation Resolute Support - from 1 January 2015

The NATO Medal for the Non-Article 5 ISAF Operation in Afghanistan - for service up to 31 December 2014

United Nations Special Service Medal for service on the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) - only the small number of NZDF personnel who have served with UNAMA are eligible for this UNSSM