NZDF

NZDF Personnel Named in the New Year Honours List

31 December 2015

Four NZ Defence Force personnel have been named in the New Year Honours 2016 today.

Appointed a Member of The New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM):

Captain Mark Robert WORSFOLD, RNZN
For services as the Captain Fleet Personnel and Training 2011- 2015.

 

The New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) recognises those who, in any field of endeavour, have rendered meritorious service to the Crown and the nation, or who have become distinguished by their eminence, talents, contributions or other merits.

 

Three personnel have received the New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD). They are:

Commander (then Acting Captain) Louisa Ann GRITT, RNZN
For services as Chief of Staff of Combined Task Force 151 in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.

Chief Petty Officer Combat Warfare Specialist Anthony NICKEL, RNZN
For services as the Communications Staff Officer for Combined Task Force 151.

Wing Commander Andrew John SCOTT, RNZAF
For his contribution to the planning and execution of significant events involving the NZDF, other Government departments and international partners.

 

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.


 

Citations

Appointed a Member of The New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM):

Captain Mark Robert WORSFOLD
Royal New Zealand Navy

For services to the New Zealand Defence Force
           
Captain Mark Worsfold served as the Captain Fleet Personnel and Training from June 2011 until January 2015, during which time he was responsible for the management and delivery of all the Navy’s training and personnel management.  At the time of his appointment the annual attrition rate was 23%, morale was low and the Service did not have sufficient trained manpower to meet all its commitments.  Captain Worsfold inherited an organisation under extreme pressure.  The systems in place at that time to address the issues of manning the Navy’s ships were not working and there were major difficulties in finding competent, trained personnel to get ships to sea.  Over the next three years as the head of Navy personnel and training, he re-wrote the strategic model that drove Navy workforce planning, bringing it into line with the Chief of Defence Force’s vision for the New Zealand Defence Force out to 2035.  At the same time he addressed the short-term training issues, and transformed the way in which training was organised and delivered, all within tight financial constraints.

As part of his strategy for getting ships to sea, Captain Worsfold drove the establishment of the Five Eyes Personnel Working Group.  Working closely with our allies, he identified opportunities that addressed some of the personnel gaps in the New Zealand Navy while providing our personnel with the opportunity to assist Five Eyes nations in mutually beneficial exchanges.  At the conclusion of his appointment the Navy’s annual attrition rate had fallen below 8%, morale had improved significantly and the Service is far better placed to meet the operational demands now being placed on it.


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

Commander (then Acting Captain) Louisa Ann GRITT Royal New Zealand Navy

For services to the New Zealand Defence Force
           
In late 2014, Louisa Gritt, then a junior Commander in the Royal New Zealand Navy, was appointed Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander of Combined Task Force 151, a New Zealand-led multi-national naval group tasked with conducting counter-piracy operations within the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.  Promoted to Acting Captain for this role, she was responsible for the effective leadership and day-to-day operations of the Headquarters and with exercising temporary command of the Task Force during the frequent absences of the appointed commander.  In a highly complex multi-national operational environment she demonstrated superior initiative and planning skills that fully supported the command team and enabled the Task Force to successfully complete its mission.  For an officer of her seniority and relative inexperience to step up and produce such results is an outstanding achievement.

This was the first occasion New Zealand had deployed an entire operational headquarters to conduct a multi-national maritime operation, and the successful outcomes achieved were due in large part to Captain Gritt’s diligence, leadership and professionalism.  Her performance was well above that required by her substantive rank, seniority and specialisation, and greatly enhanced the reputation of the Royal New Zealand Navy, the New Zealand Defence Force, as well as New Zealand in the eyes of our international partners.


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

Chief Petty Officer Combat Warfare Specialist Anthony NICKEL
Royal New Zealand Navy

For services to the New Zealand Defence Force
           
In late 2014, Chief Petty Officer Nickel was posted as the Communications Staff Officer on the Headquarters of Combined Task Force 151, a New Zealand-led multi-national naval group tasked with conducting counter-piracy operations within the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.  In this role he was responsible for the effective management of the Task Force’s command and control systems used to coordinate operations and disrupt piracy and other seagoing criminal activity within the Area of Operations.  His superior abilities and professionalism were immediately recognised by his superiors and he was frequently sought out to provide specialist advice across the Task Force and the US Fifth Fleet.  In particular, he identified significant opportunities to improve the way in which the command and control systems were being used, resolved long-standing communications problems and made significant improvements to the operational readiness of the Task Force.

According to his superiors, his was an exceptional performance that greatly enhanced Task Force and Fifth Fleet operations and was above and beyond that expected of a person of his rank and experience.  His commitment to excellence was an example of New Zealand “punching above its weight” and did much to enhance the reputation of New Zealand and our Defence Force. 


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

Wing Commander Andrew John SCOTT
Royal New Zealand Air Force

For services to the New Zealand Defence Force
           
Wing Commander Scott served as a senior staff officer at Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand from December 2012 until April 2015.  During this time he was at the forefront of the planning and execution of a wide range of New Zealand responses to major overseas and domestic crises and events.  Internationally, he took the lead in the New Zealand Defence Force’s involvement in the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, the assistance to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, and in the responses to the recent cyclones that struck the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

Domestically, he played a key role in the translation of Government policy into the actions needed to support a range of significant activities such as the Rugby and Cricket World Cups, and the 2014 Royal Visit.  In addition, he has been a key person in maintaining the Defence Force’s level of cooperation with Search and Rescue, as well as border and resource protection support for NZ Customs, the Ministry of Primary Industries and Department of Conservation.  Of particular significance has been his work in developing closer working relationships with other Government agencies and international organisations with an interest in conservation and security challenges in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.  In all these activities he has often been called upon to be the public face of the Defence Force and to represent it at a number of government and international fora.

Wing Commander Scott has maintained an exceptional level of performance over a prolonged period that has been characterised by a diverse and unrelenting tempo of activity.  His professionalism, leadership and successful engagement with other Government agencies leave a legacy that will continue to reap dividends in the years to come.


 ENDS

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