NZDF

NZDF Personnel Named in New Year Honours List

30 December 2017

Two NZ Defence Force personnel have been named in the New Year Honours 2018 today.

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

Dr John Stephen KAY
For services to the New Zealand Defence Force

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.

 

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

Squadron Leader Rhys Lloyd EVANS
For services to the New Zealand Defence Force

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.

 

 

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

Dr John Stephen KAY
Defence Technology Agency

For services to the New Zealand Defence Force

Dr John Kay has been employed as a scientist by the Defence Technology Agency and its predecessors for 37 years.

Dr Kay’s expertise covers the fields of underwater acoustics, ship signatures above and below water, ship defensive capabilities, air surveillance and, most recently, space systems. He has worked in the international defence science community, leading New Zealand’s participation in international defence science research collaboration in areas including maritime, electronic warfare and sensor systems. He was selected in 2009 to lead New Zealand’s participation in a multilateral “Imagery Measurements and Signatures Research and Development Programme”. He has successfully led New Zealand’s participation in this programme, as well as leading a programme of research and development drawing on the efforts of many scientists, domestically and internationally. Because of the cutting-edge nature and rapid progression of the work he has led, he has also worked with policy leaders in other government agencies to ensure correct regulatory frameworks are in place. Dr Kay has become an internationally recognised leader in defence science and technology and most recently has made significant contributions in areas of space-based strategic intelligence systems.


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

Squadron Leader Rhys Lloyd EVANS
Royal New Zealand Air Force

For services to the New Zealand Defence Force

Squadron Leader Rhys Evans was appointed Commander of the initial deployment of a C-130 Task Unit to the Middle East from June to September 2016. 

The New Zealand contingent formed with the Australian Defence Force an integrated Air Mobility Task Group supporting coalition forces in the area. This was the first long-term deployment since 2003 of a C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, its crew and support team. In light of this the newly promoted Squadron Leader Evans led an intensive pre-deployment preparation regime to close gaps in experience and knowledge to facilitate a deployment of this magnitude. Further training and preparation followed on arrival in theatre, with the aim of ensuring that effective flight operations could be conducted over Iraq and Afghanistan. Under his leadership the detachment completed 98 per cent of its assigned aircraft missions, an extremely high success rate for the harsh environment in which it was operating. The work output and trust he and his team generated within the coalition enabled the Australian Defence Force to withdraw one of its C-130 aircraft earlier than scheduled. Squadron Leader Evans’ leadership and achievement as a relatively junior officer in a key operational appointment was recognised by his coalition colleagues and brought credit to the New Zealand Defence Force.


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