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Foreign Campaign Medals Awarded to New Zealanders - The NATO Medal for Non-Article 5 Operations in the Balkans

Obverse View

The NATO Medal for Non-Article 5 Operations in the Balkans obverse view

Reverse View

The NATO Medal for Non-Article 5 Operations in the Balkans reverse view

About this medal

Instituted by The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) in 2002 to recognise service after the amalgamation of all operations in the Balkans into one operational whole. Awarded to personnel who began their deployments on or after 3 December 2002. Eligibility for this NATO Medal ended on 2 December 2004, when leadership of the operations in the Balkans was transferred from NATO to the European Union.

In March 2004 The Sovereign approved the wearing of this NATO 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). On 2 December 2004 NATO SFOR was replaced by the European Union Force (EUFOR).

Further Information

Further information on the NATO Medal for Non-Article 5 Operations in the Balkans can be viewed on the NATO Headquarters website.

Clasps and Bars

The clasp ‘Non Article 5’ is worn on the medal ribbon.

Order of Wear

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

Media Statements concerning service by New Zealand personnel with NATO in Bosnia

28 October 2004 - NZ Troops Return Home after Six Months in Bosnia

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 Confidence Restoration Operation (UNCRO) - Croatia

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 Transitional Administration for Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium (UNTAES) - northeast portion of Croatia

The United Nations Medal for the United Nations Mission of Observers in Prevlaka (UNMOP) - Prevlaka Peninsula, Croatia

The United Nations Medal for the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK)

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Medal for the Former Yugoslavia

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Medal with clasp ‘Kosovo’

The European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) Service Medal