Photo caption 002 – Chief of Army and Sergeant Major of the Army, WO1 Danny Broughton, are welcomed into Honiara by members of the 14th rotation in Solomons
14 July 2011
The Regional Assistance Mission in the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) turns eight later this month. In order to mark the NZ Defence Force’s ongoing contribution to the mission, the Chief of Army, Major General Timothy Keating, visited NZ troops and key RAMSI personnel this week.
Major General Keating acknowledged the work that NZDF personnel have done alongside New Zealand and Australian Police since RAMSI started back in July 2003: “It’s clear to me that the security situation in the Solomons has improved significantly since 2003. Our Army personnel have been an integral part of this development.”
Major General Keating was accompanied on the trip by the Sergeant Major of the Army, WO1 Danny Broughton, and together they awarded the New Zealand General Service Medal to the 39 NZ Army personnel currently serving as the 14th rotation in the Solomons.
“By presenting this medal, we acknowledge the sacrifice and commitment that our people make by choosing to serve overseas. They have represented themselves with dignity and humility, and they should be justifiably proud of their efforts to date”, said Major General Keating as he presented the medal at the RAMSI base outside of Honiara.
During the visit, Major General Keating met with the Australian Commander of the Combined Task Force and the Tongan and PNG Senior National Officers. He also met with the Special Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator for RAMSI, the Acting Commissioner of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, and representatives from the NZ High Commission.
The mission of RAMSI is to work together with the people and government of the Solomon Islands to build a secure, well governed and prosperous nation.
New Zealand’s military presence supports RAMSI by acting as a deterrent to destabilising events and providing support to New Zealand and Australian Police Forces and the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force.
For further information about RAMSI please contact Maj John Gordon, Senior Media Advisor (Army) on 021 478 574, or alternatively visit the following website: