NZDF

Defence Personnel named in New Year's Honours

Warrant Office of the New Zealand Defence Force WO1 John Barclay. [WN 08-0161-01 ]
Warrant Officer of the New Zealand Defence Force WO1 John Barclay. [WN 08-0161-01 ]

Media Advisory

24 December 2009

Six New Zealand Defence Force personnel will be among those named in the 2010 New Year’s Honours. 

The recipients are as follows:

To be a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM):
To be an Additional Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM):
To receive the New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD):

The New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD) recognises distinguished military service by regular, territorial and reserve members of the New Zealand Defence Force, including command and leadership and service in an operational environment, or in support of operations. 

For further information please contact Ally Clelland, Defence Communications Group 021 569 130

New Year’s Honours 2010 – citations

MNZM

New Zealand Defence Force
BARCLAY, Warrant Officer Class One John Carruthers
Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps

For services to the New Zealand Defence Force

Warrant Officer Class One Barclay has served in the New Zealand Defence Force for 30 years. Since 2006 he has been “Warrant Officer, of the New Zealand Defence Force”, having previously served four years as ‘Sergeant Major of the Army’, the highest rank for an enlisted person in the New Zealand Army. He was selected for this latter position to help address morale and retention issues in the Army, particularly among senior non-commissioned officers. His ability to interact with all ranks and achieve the confidence and respect of subordinates, peers, and superiors played a significant role in enabling the Army’s senior command to address and deal with previously unresolved personnel issues.

He has been an active champion for all ranks of the Defence Force in the decision-making processes concerning remuneration, conditions of service and welfare by providing a valuable channel for ideas. Working with the Warrant Officers of the three services, he has also developed an integrated framework for the career management and professional development of senior NCOs across the NZDF. The leadership programme, which is now being taught at the Command and Staff College, has received expressions of interest from regional and strategic partners. Warrant Officer Barclay’s professionalism and credibility has enhanced the reputation of the New Zealand Defence Force among its allies and partners.

Additional Appointment

MNZM

To be an Additional Member of the said Order:

The New Zealand Defence Force
HALL, Colonel Richard Lewis, OBE (2001 UK) (Retired)
Colonel’s List New Zealand Army

For services to the New Zealand Defence Force

Colonel Hall served in Afghanistan from October 2008 to May 2009. His initial appointment was as Senior National Officer and Commander of the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team in Bamian. In January 2009, he was also appointed as the Commander of most of the New Zealand forces operating in Afghanistan. His assessment of the changing environment in Bamian led to the development of operating concepts and directions, which enabled our forces to meet the many operational and environmental challenges of the deployment. He continued the development of a strong and close working relationship with the Provincial Governor and as a result prepared realistic foundations for future New Zealand deployments to Bamian. He continued to develop and enhance a strong and enduring professional relationship with the United States Defence chain of command, helping to raise the profile of the New Zealand Defence Force. Colonel Hall was able to effectively attain assets and a level of tactical support that had not previously been allocated or available to the New Zealand contingent.

The New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD)

BARKER, Major Dougal Andrew

For services to the New Zealand Defence Force

Major Barker, formerly Captain, was deployed to Afghanistan from April to October 2008 and served as a patrol commander with the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team in the Bamian Province. His patrol operated in the Khamard and Sayghan districts, two of the more unstable areas of the province. As the security situation steadily declined over the summer months, he ensured that his patrol had all the necessary protection measures and implemented a robust local engagement programme with the local population. He was pro-active in ensuring that development projects remained unaffected by insurgent activity in his area of operation. In early October, while on patrol, his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. He ensured that all crew members from the immobilised vehicle were safely extracted, that the tactical integrity of the remaining patrol remained intact, and close air support from other coalition forces was provided. Major Barker’s strong leadership and professionalism were integral in ensuring that all members of his patrol returned safely to their base.

BRUNTON, Wing Commander Mark Stanley
Royal New Zealand Air Force

For services to the New Zealand Defence Force

Wing Commander Brunton joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force in 1976. He was commissioned as an Engineering Officer and since then has held numerous engineering and command positions. In 2001, he was made responsible for the resettlement of RNZAF personnel following the disbandment of the Air Combat Force. In late 2005 he was seconded to the Boeing B757 Upgrade Project as the Ministry of Defence Project Manager.

At this time the project was in difficulty following the withdrawal of one of the key contractors, requiring considerable additional work under intense time constraints and budget pressures. In 2006, after successfully renegotiating the contract, he moved to the contractor’s facilities in Mobile, Alabama when the project encountered further unforeseen finance, design, integration, and production problems. Though he had limited authority, Wing Commander Brunton used his negotiating and management skills to bring the project to a successful conclusion and ensured the delivery of the upgraded aircraft to the Air Force.

GURNEY, Major Bryce Cameron
The Corps of Royal New Zealand Engineers

For services to the New Zealand Defence Force

Major Gurney was deployed to Afghanistan from April to October 2008 with the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team in the Bamian Province. He served as head of the Development Group, responsible for the implementation of the development programme, including the management of funding provided by New Zealand Aid and the United States Commanders Emergency Response Programme. He undertook a complete review of the funding and delivery cycle of the New Zealand Aid programmes. As a result of this funding from the United States Commanders Emergency Response Programme received a significant boost, increasing from US$2 million to over US$20 million. Major Gurney was responsible for the management of over one hundred projects, ranging from digging wells for water supply to major road construction projects spread over a large and varied geographical area. At the same time, he provided effective mentoring to the less experienced junior officers attached to the Development Group and Afghan contractors, who had little or no experience of tendering and contract management.

JACOBS, Major Peter Wayne
Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps

For services to the New Zealand Defence Force

Major Jacobs originally enlisted in the New Zealand Army in 1966 as a rifleman and saw active service in Vietnam before transferring to the Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps. Following a career as a health administrator and service in the Territorial Force, he was commissioned to the Regular Force in 1987 and promoted to his present rank in 1999.

He has enthusiastically ensured that the Medical Corps meets its mission and goals. He has approached policy development, in particular the recruitment, employment, and retention of doctors and medical specialists with energy. He worked towards the development of a medical specialist base in Timor Leste with a focus on sustainable operational outputs. Major Jacobs’s efforts ensured there was a continued supply of health specialist personnel critical to maintaining a credible surgical capability in the remote Suai region of Timor Leste.

WN 09-0036-21 The Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Mobile Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Project Managers for the New Zealand B757 Programme, WGCDR Mark Brunton (L) and Mr Adrian Lim.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Mobile Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Project Managers for the New Zealand B757 Programme, WGCDR Mark Brunton (L) and Mr Adrian Lim.  [WN 09-0036-21 ]

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