DTA Science Researcher Narelle Silwood was presented with the New Zealand General Service Medal (NZGSM Afghanistan) and the New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM) by Air Vice-Marshal Kevin Short, Vice Chief of Defence Force, last Friday.
Narelle was awarded the medals for her support to the New Zealand Defence Force operations in Afghanistan (OP CRIB).
AVM Short acknowledged Narelle’s willingness to deploy and her courage shown by conducting research in theatre, in support of military operations. He also thanked the DTA staff present for their commitment to and support of NZDF achieving its strategic aims, emphasising that team work is essential.
Narelle said that her time in Afghanistan was one of the most memorable experiences of her life and that it gave her a unique insight into conditions in a deployed environment.
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 and provides specific New Zealand recognition for operational service, and is awarded in addition to any New Zealand, Commonwealth or foreign campaign medal. Operational service is service which exceeds the normal requirements of peacetime service, and which involves a credible military threat from enemy military forces, insurgents, or other hostile forces.
Air Vice-Marshal Kevin Short, Vice Chief of Defence Force presenting Narelle Silwood with her medals.