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2004 Archived MEDALS NEWS

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18 November 2004 - Medals Posters

12 November 2004 - Special Campaign Medals to An Unknown New Zealand Warrior

16 September 2004 - New medals for service in Iraq and Solomon Islands

6 September 2004 - New Zealand General Service Medals (NZGSM): Iraq (2003) and Solomon Islands

14 June 2004 - 1000th NZGSM (Afghanistan) approved

7 June 2004 - New page featuring United Nations medal ribbons has been added to the NZDF website

6 May 2004 - North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Medal for Non-Article 5 Operations in the Balkans

MEDALS POSTERS

18 November 2004

New Zealand Orders, Decorations, Medals and AwardsThe New Zealand Defence Force has produced a set of two New Zealand Medals posters. The first poster features New Zealand Medals, while the second features British and Foreign Medals awarded to New Zealand military personnel. In all, over 100 New Zealand, British, United Nations and other foreign medals and ribbons are featured on the set of full-colour posters.

British and Foreign Orders, Decorations and Medals Awarded to New ZealandersThe Defence Force has begun issuing complimentary sets of the posters to all Returned Services Association branches and clubs, public libraries, museums and archives in New Zealand, and internally within the Defence Force.

Interested persons will be able to purchase sets of the posters through selected museums, including the New Zealand Army Museum at Waiouru, the Royal New Zealand Air Force Museums at Wigram and Ohakea, and the Royal New Zealand Navy Museum at Devonport. Proceeds from the sale of the posters will be used by these museums for the preservation of New Zealand’s military heritage. Further information on the posters can be accessed on the Medals Posters page of the NZDF website.

The size of each individual poster is 725 mm wide by 645 mm high.

Special Campaign Medals to An Unknown New Zealand Warrior

12 November 2004

As part of the return and entombment of An Unknown New Zealand Warrior in November 2004, five special campaign medals were awarded to the Unknown New Zealand Warrior. Further information on the five special campaign medals, their preparation and their presentation, can be accessed on the Special Campaign Medals to An Unknown New Zealand Warrior page of the NZDF Medals website. Images of the return and entombment of An Unknown New Zealand Warrior are located in the image gallery of our website.

New medals for service in Iraq and Solomon Islands

16 September 2004

Minister of Defence Mark Burton today announced a new medal to recognise the service of New Zealand personnel who have served in Iraq since May 2003.

“This new medal will recognise the exceptional service and achievements of these personnel in a challenging environment. More than 120 New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel who have served in Iraq will be eligible to accept and wear the medal.

“Two New Zealand personnel were initially deployed to Basrah, to work with the United Nations Mine Action Service’s Mine Action Coordination Team. Since then, the NZDF has contributed military engineers and support personnel to Iraq under United Nations Resolution 1483, to work on humanitarian, rehabilitation and reconstruction projects. Currently, 61 New Zealand personnel are serving in Basrah.”

Mark Burton also announced that New Zealand personnel who have served with the Regional Assistance Mission in the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) since 24 July 2003 will soon receive the New Zealand General Service Medal (Solomon Islands) in recognition of their service.

“RAMSI is an Australian-led intervention force, providing assistance in the restoration of law and order to the Solomon Islands. At the peak of New Zealand’s contribution, over 220 NZDF personnel and 35 New Zealand police officers were serving in the Solomon Islands. In all, over 500 NZDF personnel have served as part of this mission, as have 110 New Zealand police officers.”

“New Zealand police personnel who have provided support and assistance for 30 days or longer to the Solomon Islands Government in re-establishing order between 6 October 2002 and 23 July 2003 will also be eligible for this award.”

“New Zealand military personnel will continue to serve in the Solomon Islands until 31 July 2006. In addition, 35 New Zealand police officers will continue to work long-term to help rebuild the Royal Solomon Islands Police.”

Contact: Jenny Alexander 04 4719773, 021 887087


New Zealand General Service Medals (NZGSM): Iraq (2003) and Solomon Islands

6 September 2004

The Governor-General and the Minister of Defence have signed the Regulations for the NZGSM (Iraq 2003) and the amended Regulations for the NZGSM (Solomon Islands). The Regulations for each medal prescribe the eligibility criteria and qualifying service.

More than 120 NZDF personnel who have served in Iraq since May 2003 will be eligible to accept and wear the NZGSM (Iraq 2003). The amended qualifying service for the NZGSM (Solomon Islands) allows recognition of the more than 500 NZDF personnel, and over 100 NZ police officers, who have served in the Solomon Islands as part of the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) since 24 July 2003.

1000th NZGSM (Afghanistan) approved

14 June 2004

On 26 May 2004, the 1000th award of the New Zealand General Service Medal (Afghanistan) was approved for service with Operation Enduring Freedom. As at 14 June 2004, 1097 personnel have qualified for this medal.

1) The breakdown of the 1097 awards of the New Zealand General Service Medal (Afghanistan):

NZGSM Afghanistan (primary operational area): 594
NZGSM Afghanistan (secondary operational area): 503

2) and further broken down by Service:

Operational Area Total NZ Army RNZAF RNZN
NZGSM Afghanistan (primary operational area):
594
395
154
45
NZGSM Afghanistan (secondary operational area):
503
10
144
349
Grand Totals:
1097
405
298
394

7 June 2004

A new page featuring United Nations medal ribbons has been added to the NZDF website. The 24 distinctive ribbons for the 32 United Nation missions recognised by the United Nations Medal on which New Zealand personnel have served are displayed on this new page.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Medal for Non-Article 5 Operations in the Balkans

6 May 2004

Her Majesty The Queen has recently given her approval for the unrestricted acceptance and wear of the following foreign medal:

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Medal for Non-Article 5 Operations in the Balkans for service with the NATO Stabilisation Force (SFOR) on or after 3 Dec 2002.

Those personnel who are eligible and have been awarded the NATO Medal for Non-Article 5 Operations in the Balkans may now wear the medal.  

The medal is to be worn as a campaign medal in order of the date of the campaign for which it was awarded.

 

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