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The Queen's 90th Birthday Honours List 2016 - Citations for The New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration

CHILDS, Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Clinton

For services to the New Zealand Defence Force

Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Childs has been commander of the New Zealand contingent at the headquarters of the Multi-national Force and Observers (MFO) in the Sinai Peninsula.

The environment Lieutenant Colonel Childs has had to manage as the Senior National Officer and Head of Plans in the Operations Branch has been drastically different from what was expected pre-deployment, particularly the changing threat levels, and he has been adaptive in his leadership to enhance the operational skills of New Zealand personnel in theatre to keep pace with and mitigate the heightened security situation. He implemented training and force protection measures for the New Zealand contingent, which have been extended throughout the MFO, ensuring that the MFO as a whole was better able to respond appropriately to the changing situation in the Sinai. He has been a key planner in formulating options for the future shape of the MFO in response to the new operating environment. All of this has been undertaken while maintaining relationships with, and the support of eleven other national contingents and a large civilian staff. Senior staff at MFO have expressed that Lieutenant Colonel Childs has made an invaluable contribution during a period of intense activity and dramatic change as one of the highest performing staff officers within the MFO Headquarters.

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Serviceman C

For services to the New Zealand Defence Force

Serviceman C demonstrated distinguished service while on deployment in Iraq in 2015, making significant contributions towards the success of multi-national operations. Serviceman C's distinguished service was in keeping with the finest traditions of New Zealand's military record.

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Serviceman J

For services to the New Zealand Defence Force

Serviceman J demonstrated distinguished service while on deployment in Iraq in 2015, making significant contributions towards the success of multi-national operations. Serviceman J's distinguished service was in keeping with the finest traditions of New Zealand's military record.

Last updated: 
Monday, 23 May 2016

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