16 January 2009
The Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae today congratulated Australian Victoria Cross recipient Trooper Mark Donaldson for his exemplary act of valour.
Lieutenant General Mateparae said: "Trooper Donaldson’s extraordinary bravery in Afghanistan that resulted in him winning this most prestigious of awards show an incredible strength of character, dedication and comradeship under fire. His actions reflect the ethos and values of the ANZAC spirit.”
The Victoria Cross is the highest recognition for gallantry that can be awarded to members of the armed forces of Commonwealth countries.