Warrant Officer Class One Danny Broughton
Warrant Officer Class One Danniel (Danny) Lawrence Broughton, MNZM, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment
Warrant Officer Class One Danny Broughton enlisted into the New Zealand Army in 1977 as a rifleman. On completion of his Basic Training he was posted to 2nd 1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (2/1 RNZIR). Over the next twelve years, he spent the majority of his time with 2/1 RNZIR and completing postings to the 1st Battalion, RNZIR (located in Singapore) in 1978 and again in 1982.
In May 1988, he was posted to 2 Cant NMWC (Reserve Unit) as a Cadre NCO and in 1992 he posted to Office Cadet Schools (NZ) as a Field Wing Instructor. In 1995 he was promoted to Warrant Officer Class Two and posted to 2/1 RNZIR as a Company Sergeant Major.
In 1997, WO1 Broughton was promoted to Warrant Officer Class One and deployed to Bougainville as part of the ANZAC Truce Monitoring Group. On return from this operation, he was posted to Headquarters 3rd Land Force Group as the Training Warrant Officer.
In December 1999 WO1 Broughton was posted back to 2 Cant NMWC as the Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) and in 2001 he was posted to 2/1 RNZIR as the RSM and deployed to East Timor with NZ Batt 5.
In November 2003 he was selected to attend the United States Army Sergeant Major’s Academy and spent the next nine months studying at Fort Bliss, Texas before returning to take up his new appointment as the RSM, OCS (NZ) in Waiouru.
In April 2007, he deployed to Sinai as the Training Warrant Officer/RSM of the New Zealand Contingent Multinational Force and Observers (NZCMFO). On return to New Zealand in November 2007, WO1 Broughton was selected as the Land Component Sergeant Major.
On the 6th April 2010, WO1 Broughton was posted to the newly created appointment of Warrant Officer, Joint Forces New Zealand working directly to the Commander Joint Forces New Zealand (COMJFNZ).
In February 2011, WO1 Broughton was selected as the 13th Sergeant Major of the New Zealand Army and on the 31st of January 2014 he took up the post of Warrant Officer of the Defence Force.
WO1 Broughton was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on the February 1992 and the Clasp to the Long Service and Good Conduct medal in February 2007. WO1 Broughton also was awarded a Chief of General Staff’s Commendation in 2002. WO1 Broughton was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in January 2004 and received the Medal for Meritorious Service (MSM) on 1 December 2006.