Commendation for Karori man

OH 08-0097-01

Lee Johnston receives his CDF Commendation from the Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae at Defence House. OH 08-0097-01

2 July 2008

Karori resident Lee Johnston, who worked on the cutting edge security system at Defence House, has received a commendation from the Chief of Defence Force (CDF) Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae.

The CDF’s commendation was presented to Mr Johnston at a special ceremony at Defence House on Wednesday.

Mr Johnston joined the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) in 2005 as part of the New Defence Headquarters Building Team.  He had previously worked for other Government Departments, and as a radio fitter in the Navy.

He was responsible for all the technical security matters associated with the design, tender, installation and commissioning of electronic security systems in the new Defence House which opened in February 2007. 

“Everyone involved in the construction of the building worked long hours on a technically complex design,” said Mr Johnston.

“It was very stressful as we were working to an incredibly tight timeframe.  Really, our families deserve a commendation too.”

The citation for Mr Johnston’s commendation states that his dedication resulted in the timely delivery of a complex, integrated security system to meet Headquarters NZDF’s stringent security requirements.  The security system is the most advanced in the NZDF and at the cutting edge of security systems in New Zealand.

Lieutenant General Mateparae said, “Mr Johnston’s superior knowledge of system design resulted in the integrated system being delivered and installed at a much lower cost than originally forecast; overall his work realised cost savings in excess of $175,000.”

“He has represented the NZDF interests well in the project and brought much credit and respect to HQ NZDF within the security industry ... he is worthy of recognition and the award of a Chief of Defence Force Commendation.”


For further information please contact Ally Clelland, Defence Public Relations on 04 496 0273 or 021 569 130.

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