NZDF

NZDF Personnel Named in Queen's Birthday Honours List

1 June 2015

Six New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel have been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2015 today.

The recipients are as follows:

To be made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM):

  • Lieutenant Colonel Peter Davis HALL
    Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment

For services to the Defence Force

To receive the New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD):

The Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD) recognises distinguished military service by Regular, Territorial and Reserve members of the NZDF, including command and leadership and service in an operational environment, or in support of operations.

  • Captain Daniel Alexander EDGINTON
    Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps
  • Staff Sergeant Robert Victor Keith MCGEE
    Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment
  • Lieutenant Simon Andrew WASLEY
    Royal New Zealand Navy
  • SERVICEMAN S
  • SERVICEMAN G

To be made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM):

HALL, Lieutenant Colonel Peter Davis, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment
           
Lieutenant Colonel (LTCOL) Peter Hall served as the Senior Military Advisor and Commanding Officer of the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team in Bamyan Province, Afghanistan from 15 April to 30 September 2012. 

Throughout this deployment he oversaw the execution of the team’s mission to assist the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan by undertaking reconstruction tasks and assisting with the provision of security in Bamyan Province. He demonstrated outstanding, calm and professional leadership in the aftermath of incidents on 4 August and 19 August 2012 in which five New Zealanders were killed in action and a further eight wounded. He ensured that the team retained its operational effectiveness as a fully functioning and task-worthy military organisation despite suffering significant casualties within a very short period of time. He was also responsible for planning and executing the successful redeployment of New Zealand forces from the Forward Operating Bases at Romero and Do Abe, located in the North-East of Bamyan Province, to the main New Zealand base at Bamyan. The success of the operation was due to Lieutenant Colonel Hall’s meticulous planning and coordination of the movement of the various elements of the team with supporting coalition forces.

To receive the New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD):

EDGINTON, Captain Daniel Alexander, Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps
           
Captain (CAPT) Daniel Edginton served as a patrol commander with the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team in Bamyan Province, Afghanistan from April to October 2012.

Captain Edginton was responsible for the command of a small patrol on largely independent operations, working out of the Combat Outpost ‘Romero’ and Forward Patrol Base ‘Malone-Durrer’ in Do Abe town of Khamard District. His patrol was the first to occupy these forward bases and establish a New Zealand presence in the district. During its occupation, he tirelessly patrolled the high ground and approaches to Do Abe to deny easy access to insurgents. He developed a rapport with the key leaders in the surrounding villages, and with the Afghan National Security Forces and local security organisations. This included the Shura Heads of small towns in the region, as well as the representatives of Chinese mining interests who controlled much of the local economy. His efforts in developing these contacts were essential later in his tour when the Afghan Government decided to close down the mines in the area. The New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team was able to take a neutral stance during the crisis and violence was avoided. Captain Edginton’s performance as the first independent patrol commander in this region of Bamyan Province set the conditions for the success of subsequent operations in the area.

To receive the New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD):

MCGEE, Staff Sergeant Robert Victor Keith, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment
           
Staff Sergeant (SSGT) Rob McGee served as a patrol commander with the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team in Bamyan Province, Afghanistan from April to October 2012, as the only patrol commander who was not an officer.

He was responsible for the command of a small patrol working within the Khamard District. On 4 August 2012, he commanded a patrol tasked with clearing insurgents from the side of a valley as part of the “Battle of Baghak”. He showed excellent leadership under fire, suppressing a number of enemy positions and successfully extracting two of his men who had been injured in the firefight. One of his men was killed fighting from the patrol vehicles on the road and another was wounded. His patrol was attacked by insurgents at their Forward Patrol Base the following night after the battle. He exhibited excellent control of his patrol and successfully repelled the attack. On 19 August, a large Improvised Explosive Device on a district road detonated under the rear vehicle of his patrol, instantly killing the three occupants. He secured the scene and ensured the remaining members of the patrol remained focused. Staff Sergeant McGee demonstrated leadership beyond the level expected of his rank and displayed outstanding comradeship in dealing with the tragic loss of four comrades and attending to the well-being of the remaining members of his patrol.

To receive the New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD):

WASLEY, Lieutenant Simon Andrew, Royal New Zealand Navy

Lieutenant (LT) Simon Wasley was the Operations Officer for HMNZS Otago while patrolling north of Cape Reinga on 8 July 2014. 

His ship received a ‘mayday’ distress call advising that a sailing boat had broken her rudder in heavy seas and was in danger of sinking with three persons on-board. HMNZS Otago responded to the distress call and established that rigid inflatable boats could not be safely launched in the prevailing sea conditions. A plan was formulated to recover the sail boat’s crew from their life raft via Otago’s pilot ladder with Lieutenant Wasley, a former operational diver, volunteering as a reserve rescue swimmer. As the sail boat’s life raft was brought alongside Otago it was determined that the pilot ladder could not be used due to the excessive roll that the ship was experiencing.  Lieutenant Wasley entered the water and made his way to the life raft. He guided the life raft to within five metres of Otago’s bow and despite the rough conditions, Lieutenant Wasley fitted each of the sail boat’s crew with a rescue recovery strop and ensured they were safely lifted clear of the water, one at a time. Given the conditions it was unlikely the crew would have been rescued without the professionalism, skill and courage displayed by Lieutenant Wasley.

To receive the New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD):

SERVICEMAN G

Serviceman G served in Afghanistan in 2013 and 2014, during which time he made significant contributions to operations throughout the theatre. The actions of Serviceman G were of a superior standard and brought great credit to the New Zealand Defence Force.

To receive the New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD):

SERVICEMAN S

Serviceman S undertook several tours of duty in Afghanistan from 2009, throughout which he made significant contributions to several operations, including New Zealand’s withdrawal from the theatre. The actions of Serviceman S were of a superior standard and brought great credit to the New Zealand Defence Force.

ENDS

For more information please contact Defence Public Affairs on 021 487 980

Lieutenant Colonel (LTCOL) Peter Hall Lieutenant Colonel (LTCOL) Peter Hall to be made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM)
Captain (CAPT) Daniel Edginton Captain (CAPT) Daniel Edginton to receive the New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD)
Staff Sergeant (SSGT) Robert (Rob) McGee Staff Sergeant (SSGT) Robert (Rob) McGee to receive the New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD)
Lieutenant (LT) Simon Wasley Lieutenant (LT) Simon Wasley to receive the New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD)
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