Top NZDF Honour for Whangarei Man's Work in Middle East
Sergeant Armstrong-Barrington receives the Chief of Defence Force’s Commendation from Lieutenant-General Tim Keating.
22 July 2016
The Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant-General Tim Keating, has awarded a Chief of Defence Force’s Commendation to Whangarei-born Air Force Sergeant (SGT) Nicholas Armstrong-Barrington.
The award was presented to SGT Armstrong-Barrington at a ceremony at Whenuapai Air Force Base.
The Commendation was awarded for SGT Armstrong-Barrington’s work supporting anti-piracy operations around the Horn of Africa. He was responsible for setting up and supporting the Communications and Information Systems (CIS) infrastructure for last year’s deployment of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF’s) Airborne Surveillance and Reconnaissance Force (ASRF) to the Middle East. The citation noted that “his skill and attention to detail ensured that the system he developed exceeded requirements and expectations, and represented the most sophisticated CIS architecture the New Zealand Defence Force has ever deployed”.
SGT Armstrong-Barrington says he has thoroughly enjoyed his Air Force career of more than 13 years, during which he has served at Woodbourne Air Force Base near Blenheim, Wellington and Auckland. The deployment to the Middle East was one of the high points of his career, as he was heavily involved in the development and fine-tuning of the CIS backbone for the Mobile Tactical Operations Centre, used for the first time on this operation. As one of the first to put “boots on the ground” for the deployment, he said that it was “hugely satisfying to see the project through to the point where it was up and running”.
The ASRF comprises the RNZAF’s P-3K2 Orions of No 5 Squadron and support elements including CIS technicians like SGT Armstrong-Barrington from No 230 (Mission Support) Squadron.
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