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Unit Citations Awarded to New Zealand Military Units - The United States Navy Presidential Unit Citation

Obverse View

The United States Navy Presidential Unit Citation obverse view

About this award

The United States Navy Presidential Unit Citation was presented to the 1st New Zealand Special Air Service (NZSAS) Group by George Bush, President of the United States of America, at a ceremony held at the Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, California on 7 December 2004.  In 2006, Her Majesty The Queen has gave Her approval for the unrestricted acceptance and wear of the award.

The unit citation was presented in recognition of NZSAS service with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force SOUTH/Task Force K-BAR (CJSOTF-SOUTH/TF K-BAR) in Afghanistan over the period December 2001 to May 2002.

The citation was awarded for “extraordinary heroism and outstanding performance of duty in action” in Afghanistan from 17 October 2001 until 20 March 2002.

It noted that those awarded established “benchmark standard of professionalism, tenacity, courage, tactical brilliance, and operational brilliance, and operational excellence while demonstrating superb esprit de corps and maintaining the highest measures of combat readiness.”

Members of the NZSAS who served with the CJSOTF-SOUTH can permanently wear the emblem of the United States Navy Presidential Unit Citation on the right breast of their uniforms. Personnel subsequently posted to the unit may wear the citation emblem only while they are serving with the unit.


The unit citation was awarded to all those units which comprised CJSOTF-SOUTH in Afghanistan. These units were drawn from the United States, New Zealand, Canada, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Australia, and Turkey.

Order of Wear

The United States Navy Presidential Unit Citation is not included in the Order of Wear. This is because the insignia is worn on the right breast rather than the left breast.

Media Statements concerning the United States Navy Presidential Unit Citation

23 May 2007 - NZSAS Honoured with United States Service Ribbon

 - and the full text of Minister of Defence Phil Goff's speech on 23 May 2007

19 May 2006 - Approval for the Acceptance and Wear of the United States Navy Presidential Unit Citation for Service by the NZ SAS in Afghanistan

Campaign Medal awarded to NZSAS personnel for service in Afghanistan in 2001 and 2002

- The New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Afghanistan)