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2018 News Items

Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018

5 June 2018

Two New Zealand Defence Force personnel have been awarded Queen’s Birthday Honours. Squadron Leader Peter Cochran has been appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) and Captain Gabrielle Gofton has been awarded the New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD).

The New Zealand Order of Merit recognises those who, in any field of endeavour, have rendered meritorious service to the Crown and the nation, or who have become distinguished by their eminence, talents, contributions or other merits.

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 and leadership and service in an operational environment, or in support of operations.

The Citations for the Awards

Appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM):

Squadron Leader Peter Anthony Cochran, RNZAF

For services to the New Zealand Defence Force

Squadron Leader Peter Cochran has been a key figure in Royal New Zealand Air Force pilot training and the maintenance of flying standards for more than 40 years, and particularly since 1990.

Squadron Leader Cochran enlisted in the RNZAF in 1966 and became a Qualified Flying Instructor in 1973, instructing on the Harvard, Devon and Strikemaster aircraft. He engaged in an instructor exchange with the Royal Australian Air Force. He re-enlisted in the RNZAF in 1990 and was posted to the Central Flying School, where he served for the next 22 years, with the exception of four operational tours to the Middle East and Afghanistan.

He was a member of the Red Checkers display team for 16 seasons. While not currently flying, he remains the RNZAF’s most experienced pilot in recent years, having amassed more than 11,000 flying hours. The majority of these were spent on the professional development of flying instructors where his skill, high standards and safety-conscious approach has positively shaped the culture of flying training in the RNZAF.

After retiring in 2012 Squadron Leader Cochran returned to service in 2015 as a member of the Active Reserve, and is currently engaged as a part-time simulator operator with the Helicopter Synthetic Training Centre.

 

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

Captain Gabrielle Louise Gofton

For services to the New Zealand Defence Force

Captain Gabrielle Gofton served as the Force Engineer Project Officer and Second-in-Command of the New Zealand Contingent with the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in Sinai, Egypt, from May 2016 to May 2017.

At a time of significant change in the level of operational threat to the MFO, Captain Gofton, then as Acting Major, project-managed the relocation of the force headquarters and the New Zealand contingent from their original bases in the north of Sinai to a new camp in the south of the peninsula. This became the largest building programme undertaken since the establishment of the MFO in 1982 and involved a new headquarters building, individual accommodation units, vehicle maintenance facility, aircraft hangers, and security infrastructure.

Captain Gofton was responsible for designing and managing the construction of the perimeter fences and key security sites for the new camp. She managed the sensitivities that existed within the multinational staff of the Force Engineering Office, which was undermanned and ill-equipped to carry out the under-resourced relocation programme. In this environment she maintained the delivery of key individual projects, such as the relocated MFO Command and Control function.

Captain Gofton showed determination and moral courage in managing an, at times, resistant organisational culture in order to progress the relocation programme.

Related media statements:

5 January 2018 - New Year's Honours recognise meritorious service

5 June 2017 - NZDF personnel named in Queen's Birthday Honours List 2017

31 December 2016 - Service as Soldier and Musician Recognised in New Year Honours

Further information:

The full Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2018, with citations for each recipient, is published on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet's website.

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Update on the Long Service Awards Review

5 June 2018

Changes to the eligibility rules for the existing ten New Zealand military long service awards are expected to be announced by the end of 2018, once the governing Royal Warrants and accompanying regulations are in place.

As advised on 25 August 2015, the existing long service awards will remain, but the entitlement criteria will allow all eligible New Zealand military service to be counted. For example, service will be able to be accumulated rather than continuous (as is currently required for some awards). This will deliver a fairer system while maintaining the standing of the long service awards.

The appropriate long service award issued will reflect the majority of each recipient’s service. Persons who already have a long service award will continue to wear the award they have. There will be no swapping of awards.

Current serving military personnel will not need to apply for their long service entitlement to be assessed under the new rules. They will be automatically assessed via the data in their SAP HCM records. Please note that given the number of eligible personnel it may take around 12 to 18 months after the announcement to confirm and issue the medal entitlement for every current serving military Service person.

Applications from eligible ex-Service persons will be called for in the first half of 2019, once a project team of additional staff has been hired and trained.

Full information on the changes will be released at the time of the formal announcement.

Also see:

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New Year's Honours recognise meritorious service

5 January 2018

Two NZDF personnel have had their meritorious service recognised in the New Year's Honours List 2018. Dr John Kay of the Defence Technology Agency has been appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) and Squadron Leader Rhys Evans has been awarded the New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD).

The New Zealand Order of Merit recognises those who, in any field of endeavour, have rendered meritorious service to the Crown and the nation, or who have become distinguished by their eminence, talents, contributions or other merits.

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 and leadership and service in an operational environment, or in support of operations.

The Citations for the Awards

Appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM):

Dr John Stephen Kay

For services to the New Zealand Defence Force

Dr John Kay has been employed as a scientist by the Defence Technology Agency and its predecessors for 37 years.

Dr Kay’s expertise covers the fields of underwater acoustics, ship signatures above and below water, ship defensive capabilities, air surveillance and most recently, space systems. He has worked in the international defence science community, leading New Zealand’s participation in international defence science research collaboration in areas including maritime, electronic warfare and sensor systems. He was selected in 2009 to lead New Zealand’s participation into a multilateral “Imagery Measurements and Signatures Research and Development Program”. He has successfully led New Zealand’s participation in this programme as well as leading a programme of research and development drawing on the efforts of many scientists, domestically and internationally. Due to the cutting-edge nature and rapid progression of the work he has led, he has also worked with policy leaders in other government agencies to ensure correct regulatory frameworks are in place. Dr Kay has become an internationally recognised leader in defence science and technology and most recently has made significant contributions in areas of space-based strategic intelligence systems.

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

Squadron Leader Rhys Lloyd Evans, RNZAF

For services to the New Zealand Defence Force

Squadron Leader Rhys Evans was appointed Commander of the initial deployment of a C-130 Task Unit to the Middle East for the period June to September 2016.

The New Zealand contingent formed part of an integrated Australian Defence Force Air Mobility Task Group supporting coalition forces in the area. This was the first long-term deployment since 2003 of a C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, its crew and support team. In light of this the newly promoted Squadron Leader Evans led an intensive pre-deployment preparation regime to close gaps in experience and knowledge to facilitate a deployment of this magnitude. Further training and preparation followed on arrival in theatre with the aim of ensuring that effective flight operations could be conducted over both Iraq and Afghanistan. Under his leadership the detachment completed 98 percent of their assigned aircraft missions, an extremely high success rate for the harsh environment in which they were operating. The work output and trust he and his team generated within the coalition enabled the Australian Defence Force to withdraw one of their C-130 aircraft earlier than scheduled. Squadron Leader Evans’ leadership and achievement as a relatively junior officer in a key operational appointment was recognised by his coalition colleagues and brought credit to the New Zealand Defence Force.

Related media statements:

5 June 2017 - NZDF personnel named in Queen's Birthday Honours List 2017

31 December 2016 - Service as Soldier and Musician Recognised in New Year Honours

Further information:

The full New Year's Honours List 2018, with citations for each recipient, is published on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet's website.

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Update on the Long Service Awards Review

5 January 2018

Changes to the eligibility rules for the existing ten New Zealand military long service awards are expected to be announced in the middle of 2018, once the governing Royal Warrants and accompanying regulations are in place.

As advised on 25 August 2015, the existing long service awards will remain, but the entitlement criteria will allow all eligible New Zealand military service to be counted. For example, service will be able to be accumulated rather than continuous (as is currently required for some awards). This will deliver a fairer system while maintaining the standing of the long service awards.

The appropriate long service award issued will reflect the majority of each recipient’s service. Persons who already have a long service award will continue to wear the award they have. There will be no swapping of awards.

Current serving military personnel will not need to apply for their long service entitlement to be assessed under the new rules. They will be automatically assessed via the data in their SAP HCM records. Please note that given the number of eligible personnel it may take around 12 to 18 months after the announcement to confirm and issue the medal entitlement for every current serving military Service person.

Applications from eligible ex-Service persons will be called for in the second half of 2018, once a project team of additional staff has been hired and trained.

Full information on the changes will be released at the time of the formal announcement.

Also see:

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Defence Human Resources, Headquarters New Zealand Defence Force has responsibility for all medals issues relating to current or past service in the New Zealand Armed Forces. The staff at NZDF Personnel Archives and Medals conduct research into all claims for medallic recognition, whether for an individual's service or for service in areas of operation where no current medallic recognition exists.

The following medal eligibility review is currently under consideration by the Government:

Long Service Awards Review

Update 5 June 2018: Changes to the eligibility rules for the existing ten New Zealand military long service awards are expected to be announced by the end of 2018, once the governing Royal Warrants and accompanying regulations are in place.

As advised on 25 August 2015, the existing long service awards will remain, but the entitlement criteria will allow all eligible New Zealand military service to be counted. For example, service will be able to be accumulated rather than continuous (as is currently required for some awards). This will deliver a fairer system while maintaining the standing of the long service awards.

The appropriate long service award issued will reflect the majority of each recipient’s service. Persons who already have a long service award will continue to wear the award they have. There will be no swapping of awards.

Current serving military personnel will not need to apply for their long service entitlement to be assessed under the new rules. They will be automatically assessed via the data in their SAP HCM records. Please note that given the number of eligible personnel it may take around 12 to 18 months after the announcement to confirm and issue the medal entitlement for every current serving military Service person.

Applications from eligible ex-Service persons will be called for in the first half of 2019, once a project team of additional staff has been hired and trained.

Full information on the changes will be released at the time of the formal announcement.

 

Also see:

Completed review

Review of medals for military service in South-East Asia 1950 to 2011

13 March 2014 - The Medallic Recognition Joint Working Group: Service in South-East Asia 1950-2011 - Announcement of the decisions on the recommendations in the Final Report

20 December 2013 - Update on the South-East Asia 1950-2011 Review

23 September 2013 - Update on the South-East Asia 1950-2011 Review

30 May 2013 - Update on the South-East Asia 1950-2011 Review

4 March 2013 - Update on the South-East Asia 1950-2011 Review

12 July 2011 - Consultation begins on medals for military service in South-East Asia 1950 to 2011

Update 24 August 2011: Submissions have now closed.

The Government announced on 13 March 2014 its decisions on the recommendations from the Joint Working Group.

 

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