Foreign Campaign Medals Awarded to New Zealanders - The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Medal for the Former Yugoslavia
About this medal
This medal was awarded to forces under North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) command or in direct support of NATO operations in the Former Yugoslavia up to December 2002. The Sovereign has approved the wearing of this medal by eligible New Zealand Defence Force personnel.
Between 1996 and 2004, New Zealand contributed military personnel to serve with NATO in the Former Yugoslavia: first with the NATO Implementation Force (IFOR) and then with the NATO Stabilisation Force (SFOR). From December 2002, NATO amalgamated all operations in the Balkans and instituted a new medal for Non-Article 5 Operations in the Balkans.
On 2 December 2004, NATO SFOR was replaced by the European Union Force (EUFOR). New Zealand has continued to deploy military personnel to serve in Bosnia with EUFOR.
The clasp ‘Former Yugoslavia’ is worn on the medal ribbon. Royal Approval has also been obtained for New Zealand personnel who served on the strength of the NATO Kosovo Force (KFOR) in 2002 to wear the NATO Medal with clasp ‘Kosovo’. This permission does not apply to those who served with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), who have received the KFOR medal as a memento only.
Order of Wear
The position in the Wearing of Medals in New Zealand Table of the NATO Medals for service in the Former Yugoslavia can be viewed here.
Other Campaign Medals awarded to New Zealanders for service in the Former Yugoslavia since 1992
The United Nations Medal for the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) - Former Yugoslavia
The United Nations Medal for the United Nations Preventive Deployment Force (UNPREDEP) - Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
The United Nations Medal for the United Nations Mission of Observers in Prevlaka (UNMOP) - Prevlaka Peninsula, Croatia