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2014 Archived MEDALS NEWS

NZ Defence Service Medals presented at Parliament on 14 April 2011.

 

Gallantry Awards recognise NZSAS service in Afghanistan

9 December 2014

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has today announced the awarding of nine New Zealand Gallantry Awards that recognise the outstanding courage shown by members of 1NZSAS Regiment while serving in Afghanistan.

For security reasons, the names of the NZSAS recipients and full details of the actions taken by them will not be released by the New Zealand Government.

The New Zealand Gallantry Star has been awarded to two members of the NZSAS. Serviceman J attended an incident at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul in 2011. His citation states that he demonstrated outstanding gallantry and leadership under heavy fire from a determined enemy, contributing to the resolution of the incident and the protection of comrades and civilians.

Serviceman D repeatedly faced heavy fire from determined enemies and sustained several wounds in the line of duty, while contributing to the resolution of several incidents, the protection of civilian life and defeating enemy operations.

Mr Brownlee says that the performance of the two Servicemen was of the highest order and in keeping with the finest tradition of New Zealand’s military record.

The New Zealand Gallantry Decoration has been awarded to two NZSAS personnel. Both servicemen attended the incident at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul in 2011. Their citations state that the men demonstrated exceptional gallantry under heavy fire. One of the men was wounded in the line of duty.

And the New Zealand Gallantry Medal has been awarded to five NZSAS personnel. Two of the awards are to men who also displayed bravery at the incident at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul and two are to men who attended the incident at the British Council Office Compound in Kabul in 2011.

The fifth recipient demonstrated gallantry in exposing himself to direct fire to assist a wounded comrade and another exposed himself to enemy fire to provide medical support to a wounded comrade.

“Our NZSAS personnel operate in dangerous and volatile situations and all of these men have demonstrated extreme courage in the face of a determined enemy,” Mr Brownlee says.

“I am extremely proud of the extraordinary bravery and outstanding performance of these men. Their actions reflect not only the courage and character of the individuals concerned but also the ethos, high standards and training of the unit itself.”

Notes:

About the New Zealand Gallantry Awards
• New Zealand Gallantry Awards recognise military and support personnel who perform acts of gallantry while involved in war and warlike operational service, including peacekeeping.
• The level of award is generally determined by the nature of the incident which has resulted in the act of gallantry, including the level of danger of the operational service, and whether there is any threat caused by an enemy (or ‘belligerent’). The leadership or initiative shown by a person, whether acting under orders or otherwise, may also be taken into account.
• There are four levels of award. In descending level, these are:

The Victoria Cross for New Zealand (VC) – for most conspicuous gallantry, or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy or of belligerents;
The New Zealand Gallantry Star (NZGS) – for acts of outstanding gallantry in situations of danger;
The New Zealand Gallantry Decoration (NZGD) – for acts of exceptional gallantry in situations of danger;
The New Zealand Gallantry Medal (NZGM) – for acts of gallantry.

• Nominations come up through the chain of command at the New Zealand Defence Force to the Chief of Defence Force. The Queen formally approves awards of the VC, NZGS and NZGD on the advice of the Prime Minister. The Governor-General formally approves awards of the NZGM on the advice of the Prime Minister.

• For more information on the awards, see the Honours Unit (Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet) website or the Gallantry and Bravery Awards section of the NZDF Medals website. The rolls of the recipients of the New Zealand Gallantry Awards are on the Honours Unit (Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet) website.

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Update on the Long Service Awards Review

9 December 2014

A review of medals awarded for long service has been under way for some time.

A number of additional changes to the eligibility rules have been considered over the last six months. Decisions have now been made on these matters.

Work on the wording of the new Regulations will continue in early 2015, and then the approval of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be sought.

An announcement of the revised eligibility rules for long service awards is expected by August 2015.

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Looking at medals' meaning

10 September 2014

By SELINA POWELL - Reprinted with permission from the Upper Hutt Leader, 10 September 2014, p.4

A medals expert has encouraged Upper Hutt kids to ask questions about the stories behind war medals to avoid knowledge being lost between generations.

New Zealand Defence Force Medals Policy Adviser Jack Hayes shared his knowledge with Maidstone Intermediate pupils at the school library last week.

About 550 pupils had the chance to pick up history and facts about military medals. They were also able to handle medal sets that Hayes brought along to the school.

When asked about the value of medals, Hayes said most medals did not cost very much to make but they became a valued taonga for each family.

‘‘The emotional value is far higher than any dollar value you could give them.’’ He said when a grandchild wore their grandparent’s medals they were ‘‘bringing that old soldier back on parade’’.

One of the aims of Hayes’ visit was to get children to talk to family members about how they came to receive medals.

‘‘We want the understanding of how the medals were earned to be passed on to the next generation,’’ Hayes said.

‘‘Lots of these youngsters have seen medals hanging on the wall or sitting in a box but they haven’t really associated them with the person.’’ He urged pupils to have the courage to approach veterans on Anzac Day.

He said sometimes veterans would talk a lot and sometimes there would be tears, but they were generally happy to share their stories.

‘‘You’ll learn more about what those medals mean to that person than if you just stand back at a distance.’’ Hayes talked about medals that recognise service and courage.
But he did not want anyone going away thinking that war was glamorous.

‘‘In fact most wars are long periods of very boring, repetitious work and very brief periods of madness.’’ In response to a question about whether he had used any ‘‘cool weapons’’, Hayes recalled the words of a senior army officer to him and fellow recruits before they went overseas to serve in the Vietnam War.

‘‘He said to us the most ardent pacifists are actually those who have seen the horrors of war. Are weapons cool? No.

‘‘In real life, weapons do nasty things to people.’’ Hayes’ visit was part of a series of activities at Maidstone Intermediate recognising the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.

Other activities have included building a mock trench in the library, making remembrance poppies, and a ‘‘letters home’’ descriptive writing competition planned for later in the term.

Maidstone Intermediate library manager Denice Asprey said activities aimed to show pupils that war was a collection of individuals, each with their own stories.

‘‘We’ve tried to give the war a personal angle.’’

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the inaugural awards of the Defence Meritorious Service Medal

14 July 2014

Announcement by Lieutenant General Tim Keating, MNZM, Chief of Defence Force

New Zealand Defence Meritorious Service Medal obverse - front

In October 2013 the Defence Meritorious Service Medal was instituted to provide the Chief of Defence Force with the means of giving medallic recognition to employees of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) who perform meritorious service in the changing environment that our members are expected to work in out to 2035 and beyond. It is the first time medallic recognition unique to the NZDF has been available to every employee of the NZDF, regardless of rank, grade, Service affiliations or length of service.

Today it is my great pleasure to announce the names of the nine recipients who make up the inaugural Honours List for the new medal, representing all three Services and our civilian staff. The awards recognise their outstanding service over a wide range of Defence activities and recognise the extremely high standards of performance that each recipient has achieved.

My heartiest congratulations go to:

Captain Alexandrina Alexandrova BOJILOVA, RNZAEC

Squadron Leader Adam Carl DEATH, RNZAF

Mrs Bernadine Tania GRANT

Leading Seaman Combat Specialist Charles GREEN, RNZN

Warrant Officer Musician Shaun David JARRETT, RNZN

Warrant Officer Diver Simon Tristen MARSTON, RNZN

Wing Commander Shaun Paul SEXTON, NZBM, RNZAF

Warrant Officer Warren John TINDALL, RNZAF

Wing Commander Leanne Julie WOON, RNZAF (Rtd)

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Lieutenant General Tim Keating, MNZM
Chief of Defence Force

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new medal mounting administrative process for all serving NZDF personnel - with effect 1 July 2014

30 June 2014

With effect 1 July 2014 all medal mounting for serving NZDF personnel is to be processed through the Defence Shared Services Group (DSSG) Camp and Base Service Centres.

For more information see the NZDF Signal released on 30 June 2014: pdf format 66kb and MS Word format 48kb.

For other information on medal mounting and the wear of medals see the Wearing Medals page of the NZDF Medals website.

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Bravery Award for quake rescue efforts

23 June 2014

Lieutenant Commander (LTCDR) Kevin Carr, Royal New Zealand Navy has been awarded a New Zealand Bravery Medal (NZBM) for his bravery during the rescue efforts at the CTV Building, Christchurch, after the magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit on 22 February 2011.

The official citation for his award states:

When the 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch on 22 February 2011, Lieutenant Commander Kevin Carr was working at the HMNZS Pegasus Naval Reserve Personnel Division. After the majority of staff had left Pegasus to join their families, Lieutenant Commander Carr assumed command of the small team remaining and instructed them to search the immediate area and offer assistance. When Carr heard of the extensive damage in the central city he led a team of five into the city to support relief efforts. En route to the central city the team assisted trapped survivors in various buildings where they were able.

At about 3.30pm Carr and his team arrived at the Canterbury Television building, which had collapsed in a “pancake” effect, and began a 12-hour rescue operation. Carr’s team faced significant danger from the fire burning within the building and beneath their feet, as well as persistent aftershocks. Carr crawled several times into tight, dark and smoke-filled gaps in the building to search for survivors. On one occasion part of the roof he was standing on collapsed and he fell part way into the hole that was created. Carr suffered a leg wound at this point but managed to free himself, and he continued to provide leadership for his team in a determined effort to rescue as many people as possible. Carr’s team managed to lift a section of the roof to see if any survivors were present in the fire-affected area of the building. The heat and the flames finally forced the team to withdraw.

For information on the other 26 recipients of New Zealand Bravery Awards for bravery related to the Christchurch Earthquake of 22 February 2011 see the Special Honours List 23 June 2014 on the Honours Unit website.

Also see the 23 June 2014 New Zealand Police media statement: Christchurch bravery recognised.

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State of the art Archives facility opened at Trentham Military Camp

19 June 2014

Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General (LTGEN) Tim Keating opened the newly refurbished New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Archives and Medals Office building at Trentham Military Camp yesterday.

In order to comply with the Public Records Act 2005 requirements for storage, preservation and maintenance of public documents and records, the building is now temperature and humidity controlled, with electronic mobile shelving equipment and areas for the recovery of documents in the event of a disaster.

LTGEN Keating said that the state of the art facility reflected the significance of the service records of so many people.

“NZDF Personnel Archives is the keeper of this important information. It’s an irreplaceable part of our history and culture that that should be preserved for future generations of NZDF personnel and the public of New Zealand.”

NZDF Archives holds the files of all those who joined and served in New Zealand’s military forces from the 1 January 1921 to the present day, as well as the last few files of First World War veterans who continued to serve after 1 January 1921 or who re-enlisted to serve during the Second World War.

More than 180,000 records covering the South African and First World War and the majority of those from World War 1 who re-enlisted in World War II have already been transferred to Archives New Zealand. NZDF Archives is working closely with Archives New Zealand to locate and transfer the last of these files so that they can be digitised and available for viewing on the Archives New Zealand website in time for the WW100 commemorations.

You can request a copy of your own service records or of the records of deceased persons by visiting the Personnel Records section of the NZDF website: http://nzdf.mil.nz/personnel-records/nzdf-archives/accessing-military-service-records.htm

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Police Officer reunites family with piece of history - The New Zealand Memorial Plaque

12 June 2014

Today the memory of World War One soldier Private Andrew McColl was celebrated after a long lost plaque commemorating his service was returned to his family.

Officer in charge of the Woodville Police Station Senior Constable Karl Williams was giving the station a thorough spring clean when he came across the New Zealand Memorial Plaque at the back of a cupboard. Keen on finding out more about the plaque he made some inquires with NZDF Archives.

After confirming some details he discovered the plaque was for a Private Andrew McColl, born in Masterton in 1887 and who died on active service overseas in December 1918. The plaque was sent to the family in 1921 but returned to the Defence Force without explanation. In 1923 it was sent to the town clerk of the Borough Council in Masterton where it was displayed on Anzac Day along with his medals and a scroll.

The scroll and plaque were returned to the NZ Army before being reissued to a family member in 1933. After that point the plaque's whereabouts are unknown.

Nearly 100 years on no one knows how it ended up at the Woodville Police Station but Senior Constable Karl Williams was intent on reuniting the plaque with Private McColl's family.

Senior Constable Karl Williams, officer in charge of the Woodville Police Station says: "It was a huge privilege for me to be able to present the plaque to Mr McColl's descendants and reunite them with an important piece of their family history."
Private McColl died of a cerebral haemorrhage on 18 December 1918 in Belgium and is buried in the Mons Communal Cemetery.

"Due to my own family history from World War One and previous military service I recognised the plaque's importance and I was motivated to see it returned to the family," says Senior Constable Williams.

For more information on the New Zealand Memorial Plaque see the New Zealand Memorial Plaque page of the NZDF Medals website.

Images of the presentation can be seen on the New Zealand Police website: http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/officer-reunites-family-piece-history

Note: This news item was reproduced from the New Zealand Police website.

Also see The Dominion Post's news article of 13 June 2014: Soldier's plaque finally finds its way back to grateful family

Service Record

Private Andrew McColl's service:

Joined 2nd Battalion Canterbury Regiment about halfway through New Zealand Division's involvement in the Battle of the Somme, September 26, 1916.

Admitted to hospital with shell shock at the end of that battle. Rejoined his unit in November 1916. In June 1917, would have taken part in the Battle of Messines.

Would have been a reserve during the Battle of Broodseinde on October 4, 1917, and was probably involved in New Zealand's "blackest day" at the Battle of Passchendaele, October 12, 1917.

Posted to No 2 New Zealand Area Employment Company in December 1917, undertaking salvage work on battlefields. Died from a cerebral haemorrhage on December 18, 1918, aged 31.

Medals awarded: British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Source: NZDF Archives

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Four NZDF Personnel Receive Queen's Birthday Honours

2 June 2014

All three Services are represented in the four awards made to New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM)


Air Vice-Marshal Peter James Stockwell AFC (Royal New Zealand Air Force)

Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) Stockwell has been honoured for the “exceptional qualities of leadership, initiative, dedication, managerial skill and outstanding devotion to duty” he demonstrated throughout a long career in the Air Force. He retired as Chief of Air Force (CAF) in April this year, during which he played a key role in the Defence Reform Programme and oversaw the introduction into service of four new aircraft types.

AVM Stockwell enlisted into the Royal New Zealand Air Force in January 1973. He served with No 41 Squadron (Bristol Freighters) in Singapore and No 40 Squadron in Auckland in the 1970s. In 1993 he was posted to No 40 Squadron as Commanding Officer. In 1996, he was posted to Canada as the New Zealand Defence Air Advisor. In 2003 he deployed as an acting Air Commodore to Tampa, Florida as the NZDF Senior National Representative at the United States Central Command. In 2004 he was appointed Deputy Chief of Air Force, a position he held for three years. In 2008 he was appointed Assistant Chief Strategic Commitments and Intelligence at Headquarters NZDF. He was promoted to Air Vice-Marshal and appointed Commander Joint Forces New Zealand in 2009, a position he held for two years before becoming Chief of Air Force in 2011.

New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD)

Warrant Officer Richard Clive Henstock (Royal New Zealand Navy)

As the Weapons Engineering Warrant Officer on HMNZS Te Kaha Warrant Officer (WO) Henstock has made a major contribution to the operational effectiveness of his ship, to other Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) fleet units, and to ships of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). During Exercise RIMPAC 2012 he provided the RAN with a number of solutions to gunnery issues that had already been implemented in the RNZN. He was also able to advise on the new sensor suite of the frigate HMAS Perth to improve the operational capability of the vessel. He assisted the communications team of HMNZS Te Kaha with a series of exercise communications challenges, helping Te Kaha win one of the major exercise competitions of RIMPAC 2012. In 2013 HMNZS Te Mana experienced serious problems with its Command and Control System software while operating off the coast of Australia. WO Henstock was able to advise the onboard maintenance staff of some temporary solutions before flying to Australia with a copy of the software. He boarded HMNZS Te Mana at sea and assisted the maintenance crew restore the ship’s operational capability. Last year he also instructed the RAN's Principal Warfare Officers Conversion Course.

Lieutenant Colonel Richard John Weston MNZM (New Zealand Army)

Lieutenant Colonel (LTCOL) Weston was originally appointed to command the last Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan, and later led the Theatre Extraction Team.

In May 2012 he led the strategic reconnaissance for the extraction of the Reconstruction Team and other New Zealand assets from Bamyan province. He was then hand-picked to command the theatre extraction operation. Beginning in October 2012, he oversaw the establishment of communication links and processes required to extract equipment and personnel from Bamyan in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. In this role he bore the responsibility for the execution of a complex redeployment from an isolated location in challenging environmental conditions, requiring the co-ordination of transport resources from New Zealand and coalition partners, as well as local contractors, for the movement of more than 750 tonnes of equipment and all Bamyan-based personnel. He also oversaw the closure of Kiwi Base and negotiated its handover to the Afghan government. He assumed command of Kiwi Base and maintained the security of the area until he and his team departed on the last aircraft. LTCOL Weston’s professionalism, dedication and leadership played a significant role in the successful extraction and return of Defence assets and personnel to New Zealand.

Captain Dominic Gareth Crosby Wylie (New Zealand Army)

Captain (CAPT) Wylie was the Afghan National Security Forces Liaison Officer for the duration of the final New Zealand contingent deployment to Bamyan, Afghanistan in 2013.

His role involved daily interaction with the Afghan National Police, the Afghan National Directorate of Security and the Afghan Provincial Operational Coordination Centre. CAPT Wylie’s efforts contributed to the readiness of the Afghan National Security Forces to face security challenges beyond the presence of New Zealand and other members of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Bamyan province. He worked with the Afghans to improve their training, access to equipment and their ability to plan complex operations involving several agencies. He assisted in the establishment of an Afghan Peace and Reconciliation Council, a formal body that aims to reintegrate former insurgents into local society. He oversaw the re-establishment of the Afghan National Police Provincial Response Company, a group of highly trained paramilitary officers. CAPT Wylie prepared a comprehensive capability demonstration involving the various groups within the Afghan National Security Forces. This demonstration, the first of its kind to be held, showed the Afghan government and people of Bamyan the progress made by Afghan security forces and their ability to protect them after the departure of the ISAF.

The New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD) recognises distinguished military service by regular, territorial and reserve members of the New Zealand Defence Force, including command, leadership and service in an operational environment, or in support of operations.

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1 January 2014 - Major Honour for NZ Defence Chief

1 January 2014 - Defence personnel named in New Year Honours list

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Update on the Long Service Awards Review

2 June 2014

A review of medals awarded for long service has been under way for some time.

Earlier this year, the Minister of Defence asked the Prime Minister to consider a number of additional improvements to the long service awards system. The Prime Minister was supportive of these changes.

The Regulations are now being finalised. An announcement is expected by the end of 2014.

Also see:

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The Medallic Recognition Joint Working Group: Service in South-East Asia 1950-2011 - Announcement of the decisions on the recommendations in the Final Report

13 March 2014

Minister of Defence media statement

The Government agrees with the Medallic Recognition Joint Working Group’s report that military personnel who served in South-East Asia have been appropriately recognised and additional medallic recognition is not justified.

“I know today’s decision will be disappointing for the former service men and women who have petitioned for additional medallic recognition,” says Dr Coleman.

“I would like to thank those who made submissions, and also the Joint Working Group who conducted a comprehensive review of the issue.

“The Joint Working Group came to the unanimous conclusion that the valuable contribution made by service men and women in South-East Asia has already been appropriately recognised.

“The Government agrees with the Joint Working Group’s finding that the New Zealand Defence Service Medal is the appropriate medallic recognition for personnel who served throughout the world in a range of deployments that do not meet the criteria for operational service. Nearly all military personnel who served in South-East Asia from 1950 are eligible for this medal.”

The Medallic Recognition Joint Working Group: Service in South-East Asia 1950-2011 received 68 submissions. The Joint Working Group included representatives from the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association, Veterans' Affairs New Zealand, and the NZ Defence Force.

The Joint Working Group’s report can be downloaded in pdf format on the South-East Asia Review page.

More information and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Joint Working Group’s report can be found on the South-East Asia Review FAQs page.

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Major Honour for NZ Defence Chief

1 January 2014

Lieutenant General Rhys Jones, the Chief of Defence Force, in Afghanistan in 2013

Caption: Lieutenant General Rhys Jones, the Chief of Defence Force, in Afghanistan in 2013.

The Chief of Defence Force (CDF), Lieutenant General (LT GEN) Rhys Jones has been made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) in this year’s New Years Honours.

LT GEN Jones enlisted into the New Zealand Army in 1978 and attended the Royal Military College, Duntroon, Australia from 1979 to 1982.

During his time with the Army he has commanded at every senior level. He was the Commanding Officer of New Zealand’s armoured regiment, Queen Alexandra’s Mounted Rifles (QAMR), and the Commander 3rd Land Force Group, based in the South Island. He was Land Component Commander within Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand, and in 2007 became the Commander Joint Forces New Zealand. He was appointed Chief of Army in 2009 before being promoted to the prestigious role of Chief of Defence Force in January 2011.

With his three year term now completed he will stand down in January 2014.

LT GEN Jones says, he is honoured and humbled to be awarded the CNZM.

“Despite the challenges of the job, my three years as Chief of Defence Force have been an absolute pleasure and I have been honoured to command the men and women of the NZ Defence Force. We have achieved a lot in this time including withdrawing out of three operational theatres – Timor, Solomon Islands and Afghanistan, all major undertakings.

“And we have been able to respond to every contingency that the Government’s required us to including the Christchurch earthquake, grounding of the MV Rena and recently Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

We have also advanced our aims of a Joint Amphibious Taskforce and successfully carried out Southern Katipo 13, a major exercise that tested the capability of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) to mount a medium-scale amphibious operation involving maritime, land and air assets.

“Our achievements during this time just show the quality of the men and women of the Defence Force and I have been proud to have been their leader.”

The Citation for the Award

To be a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM)

For services to the State.

"Lieutenant General Rhys Jones is completing his term as Chief of Defence Force, a role he assumed in January 2011.

Lieutenant General Jones enlisted into the New Zealand Army in 1978 and attended the Royal Military College, Duntroon Australia from 1979 to 1982. He graduated into the Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps at the rank of Lieutenant. His staff appointments have been mainly within the Capability Development area, culminating in his appointment as the head of the NZ Defence Force Development Branch. He has had operational duty in the Middle East with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation, as an observer, then Operations Officer with the Observer Group Lebanon. He has commanded at every senior level. He was the Commanding Officer of New Zealand’s armoured regiment, Queen Alexandra’s Mounted Rifles (QAMR), and the Commander 3rd Land Force Group based in the South Island. He was Land Component Commander within Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand, and in 2007 he became the Commander Joint Forces New Zealand. He was appointed the Chief of Army in 2009. Lieutenant General Jones was appointed for a three year term as Chief of Defence Force in 2011."

Related media statement:

1 January 2014 - Defence personnel named in New Year Honours list

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Defence personnel named in New Year Honours List

1 January 2014

Two New Zealand Defence Force personnel have been recognised for their distinguished service in the 2014 New Year’s Honours.

To receive the New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD):

Warrant Officer Class 1 Graeme Alexander Bremner
New Zealand Army Band
Based at Burnham

Warrant Officer Class 1 Paul Allister Mumm
New Zealand Army
Based at Trentham

The New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD) recognises distinguished military service by regular, territorial and reserve members of the New Zealand Defence Force, including command, leadership and service in an operational environment, or in support of operations.

The Citations for the Awards

Each awarded the New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD)

Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1) Graeme Alexander Bremner

For services to the New Zealand Defence Force and brass bands.

WO1 Bremner is the longest serving member of the New Zealand Army Band, having enlisted in 1965.

He was appointed Drum Major in 1974 and in 1985 he became the first and only musician in the unit to be promoted through the ranks and attain the rank of WO1. He has held appointments as Drum Major and Bandmaster of the 1st Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (RNZIR) Band, based in Singapore, and the New Zealand Army Band. In the 1980s he initiated an extensive programme of public performances by the RNZIR Band in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Singapore. In 2007 he was appointed as Liaison Officer for the New Zealand Army Band. He has managed a number of events for the Army Band, including the 2011 Rugby World Cup, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant at Windsor, and the 2010 Edinburgh Military Tattoo. He has been a member of the Woolston Brass Band Street March Championships. WO1 Bremner has won the Brass Band Association of New Zealand’s Champion Drum Major trophy seven times.

Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1) Paul Allister Mumm

For services to the New Zealand Defence Force.

WO1 Paul Mumm has provided exemplary service and commitment to developing the New Zealand Army’s All Arms weapons and shooting capabilities.

Since 2004 WO1 Mumm has been Head Coach of the New Zealand Army Combat Shooting Team. He has represented the New Zealand Army at international combat marksmanship competitions eleven times. He led the planning of the inaugural New Zealand Army Shooting Competition held in 2012. Through his efforts, the team representing the New Zealand Army achieved a highly regarded professional reputation among the 18 attending nations at the 2013 Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting and also at the United Kingdom based Central Skill at Arms Meeting. His pursuit of excellence in this area has been achieved by volunteering a significant portion of his personal time. His guidance and expertise is regularly sought by the New Zealand Service Rifle Association. WO1 Mumm has encouraged a policy of cooperation between the New Zealand Defence Force and civilian shooting agencies to share resources and training knowledge.

Related media statements:

1 January 2015 - NZ Defence Force personnel named in New Year Honours list

2 June 2014 - Four NZDF Personnel receive Queen's Birthday Honours

1 January 2014 - Major Honour for NZ Defence Chief

3 June 2013 - Six NZDF personnel named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list

7 January 2013 - NZDF personnel named in New Year Honours list

4 June 2012 - NZ Defence Force personnel named in Honours List

10 January 2012 - New Year Honours awarded to five NZDF personnel

4 June 2011 - Defence personnel named in Queen's Birthday Honours

5 January 2011 - New Year Honours for NZDF personnel

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