DTA scientist Craig Jensen and Lew Wood proudly displaying the New Zealand General Service Medal (NZGSM- Afghanistan) and the New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM) which they were presented with for their support to the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) operations in Afghanistan.
The NZGSM (Afghanistan) was created to honour New Zealand personnel (both military and non-military) who served in Afghanistan from December 2001 while the NZOSM was instituted in 2002 to provide distinctive New Zealand recognition for those who have been awarded a campaign medal or who have served for 7 days or more on operational service since the end of the Second World War.
The NZDF has been actively involved in Afghanistan since 2003 . Over 3,500 NZDF personnel have been deployed to Afghanistan, with the majority serving in the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Bamiyan. Although the PRT was withdrawn in April 2013 NZDF personnel are continuing in a range of training, planning and logistics roles as part of the International Security Assistance Force mission.