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Defence personnel named in Queen's Birthday Honours

4 June 2011

Three New Zealand Defence Force personnel have been named in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours. The recipients are as follows:

To receive the NZ Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD):

Lieutenant Colonel Christopher PARSONS
The New Zealand Special Air Service
Based at Papakura

Warrant Officer Class One Ian PONSE
Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment
Based at Linton

Acting Warrant Officer Darren SMITH
Royal New Zealand Air Force
Based at Ohakea.

ENDS

Note to editors: The 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. 

LTCOL Chris Parsons and A/WO Darren Smith are not available for media interview.

Media wishing to interview Warrant Officer Ian Ponse should contact Major John Gordon, Senior Media Adviser (Army) 021 478 574

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