Defence Personnel To Receive Distinguished Service Decorations

4 June 2013
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The Distinguished Service Decoration

Six Defence personnel were announced over the weekend to receive a Distinguished Service Decoration as part of the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours.

  • Lieutenant Colonel Robin Hoult
  • Lieutenant Colonel Stefan Michie
  • Major Brent John Quin
  • Warrant Officer Combat Systems Specialist James Harper
  • Sergeant Lindsay Norriss
  • Petty Officer Diver Scott Treleaven

Description of Citations

Lieutenant Colonel Robin Michael Hoult
Lieutenant Colonel Hoult led a significant project to develop and implement the New Zealand Army Leadership Framework over a five-year period from 2007. It was perceived as being crucial to improving the way in which formal leadership training is delivered at each rank level, as well as enhancing the sense of military belonging.

Lieutenant Colonel Stefan John Michie
Lieutenant Colonel Michie was Commanding Officer of 2/1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment on 22 February 2011 when a major earthquake occurred in Christchurch. His Battalion established the initial cordon around the central business district at the request of the New Zealand Police and maintained a security presence on the cordon over the following three months.

Major Brent John Quin
Major Quin served in Afghanistan from September 2010 to April 2011.

Warrant Officer Combat Systems Specialist James Ernist Harper
Warrant Officer Harper has had a 33 year career in the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN), specialising in underwater warfare. He played a critical role, first in developing tactics and procedures and then adapting these to operational testing and evaluation of the new REMUS 100 (AUV).

Sergeant Lindsay Norriss
Sergeant Norriss managed, on a voluntary basis and in his own time, the “In Loco Parentis” (ILP) scheme at RNZAF Woodbourne since 1998. The aim of the ILP scheme is to provide young trainees with multiple experiences to explore their abilities, learn about teamwork in a variety of environments and sow the seeds of an active lifestyle.

Petty Officer Diver Scott Matthew Treleaven
Petty Officer Treleaven is a senior member of the Royal New Zealand Navy’s Operational Diving Team He was the team leader in recent tasks assisting the New Zealand Police in the aftermath of two tragic accidents. The common theme was that both operations were conducted in isolated locations, under extremely challenging environmental conditions.

This page was last reviewed on 12 June 2013.