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