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The Queen’s Birthday Honours 2008

Four Royal New Zealand Air Force personnel have been presented with Queen’s Birthday Honours.

All four are to receive the Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD) for their services both to the Air Force and to the New Zealand Defence Force.

In addition SQNLDR Shane Cole from the Cadet Forces was awarded a Queen's Service Medal for his services to the New Zealand Cadet Forces.

Squadron Leader Gregory Burroughs
Squadron Leader Burroughs was posted as the contingent commander of the logistics support element of Task Group Troy from July 2005 to January 2006 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  His principal role was to maintain the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) base infrastructure.  He ensured that his logistics support element provided the highest levels of service to the NZDF’s operational commitments in the region.  This was achieved by establishing an excellent working relationship with the Canadian Theatre Support Element, for the provision of tactical airlift resources to support NZDF operations.  On numerous occasions, many at short notice, he successfully negotiated the tasking of Canadian aircraft to transport NZDF personnel and stores in and out of Afghanistan, without any formal arrangement with Canada for such support.  He helped to forge this relationship by using his team to assist Canadian operations.  His planning of the movement of personnel and equipment in and out of Afghanistan using RNZAF aircraft was also meticulous and was fundamental to the ongoing success of the NZDF contribution to Operation Enduring Freedom.

Squadron Leader Timothy Evans
Squadron Leader Evans served as the Detachment Commander for Task Group Manu, comprising a helicopter detachment and support elements from 3 Squadron RNZAF, which deployed to Timor Leste from April to July 2007, as part of the New Zealand Defence Force contribution to the Australian-led International Stabilisation Force (ISF).  He quickly developed a close working relationship with his Australian counterpart and encouraged his team to become an integral part of the ANZAC Aviation Group, without compromising their unique New Zealand and Air Force identities.  The success of his approach quickly became apparent as operational synergies between the two aviation elements were realised.  He also encouraged his staff to adopt a ‘can do attitude’ without sacrificing mission accomplishment, or passenger and aircraft safety.  Task Group Manu conducted a significant number of aero-medical evacuations of ISF and United Nations personnel, both by day and night and always responded in a remarkably short time.  His detachment also provided significant helicopter support to both the Presidential and Parliamentary elections by transporting election and party officials and ballot boxes in and out of precarious landing zones by day and night, sometimes in adverse weather conditions.  This support and professionalism was greatly appreciated by the government of Timor Leste and the United Nations mission.

Squadron Leader Timothy Hopkins
Squadron Leader Hopkins has since 1995 single-handedly developed awareness, understanding and capability of direct environmental health support to deployed operations.  He has melded his academic expertise, practical experience, which includes 20 years previous Army service, and a pragmatic approach to support Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) and New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) operations.  He has deployed to Kosovo, Bougainville, Solomon Islands and Timor Leste for extended periods to assist both NZDF and other Forces.  His efforts have ensured the ongoing health of personnel in hostile environments, and therefore the success of respective missions.  He has also enhanced the organisational, equipment and training regimes of the RNZAF by the development and implementation of clear policy and procedures; by introducing into Service innovative equipment, providing an effective capability for water treatment, vector and pest control, field hygiene and sanitation; and the training and education of senior NZDF personnel, all deployed personnel and environmental and preventative health practitioners has been significantly improved through his leadership and management.

Warrant Officer Robert Martelletti
Warrant Officer Martelletti served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Systems Development Unit from 2002 to 2006, where he was responsible for a number of high profile and successful Orion aircraft avionics capability development projects.  The Digital Data Transmission project resulted in the RNZAF becoming the first nation in military operations to transmit digital imagery over aircraft military radios using standard internet protocols, while maintaining communications security.  This technology link has subsequently been used with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in the successful prosecution of various illegal fishing activities.  The Moving Map project further enhances the ability to prosecute offenders by providing high accuracy navigation and aircraft positional information, of a standard that can be used as evidence in a court of law; while the Early Enhanced Electro-Optics project, which provides significant capability advances in visual and infra-red imagery, enhances both detection of and visual evidence to prosecute fishing offenders.  These significant enhancements to the New Zealand Defence Force aviation fleet, has facilitated opportunities for a whole of government approach to unique national security issues.

Squadron Leader Shane Cole
Squadron Leader Cole has served with the New Zealand Cadet Forces for over 20 years, enlisting with No 17 Squadron (Christchurch) in 1981.  He was appointed a Pilot Officer No 17 Squadron, Squadron Air Training Corps (ATC) in 1989, and was the Squadron Leader for 10 years until 2007, when he stepped aside for 12 months.  He has trained over 1,000 cadets and has been instrumental in the establishment of Exercise Sparrowhawk, an annual regional exercise for cadets of the New Zealand Cadet Forces and the Order of St John in Canterbury.  In addition to his unit activities, he has managed a number of residential training courses.  Under his command No 17 Squadron has won the Air League Trophy for the most efficient ATC Squadron every year for the past five years.  He was awarded the Cadet Forces Medal in 2001 and been awarded two New Zealand Defence Force commendations.  Squadron Leader Cole has also been involved with the community, and is a youth mentor for Project K, and a member of the New Zealand Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 2.

The Queen’s Birthday Honours 2008

To be a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM):

  • Colonel Timothy James KEATING (R51834)
    Colonels’ List, New Zealand Army
  • Commander Peter Graeme SULLIVAN (R21543)
    Royal New Zealand Navy

To be an Additional Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM):

  • Colonel Paul Willem VAN DEN BROEK (J51873)
    Colonels’ List, New Zealand Army

To receive the Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD):

  • Squadron Leader Gregory John BURROUGHS (K91388)
    Royal New Zealand Air Force
  • Lieutenant Colonel Helen Joy COOPER (B759024)
    Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment (The Duke of York’s Own)
  • Captain Michael Peter DE BOER (C1006620)
    Royal New Zealand Engineers
  • Squadron Leader Timothy Richard EVANS (U996677)
    Royal New Zealand Air Force
  • Squadron Leader Timothy HOPKINS (T44890)
    Royal New Zealand Air Force
  • Warrant Officer Robert David Joseph MARTELLETTI (F89061)
    Royal New Zealand Air Force
  • Warrant Officer Weapon Technician Wayne Robert MORRIS (X22423)
    Royal New Zealand Navy
  • Major Christopher Gerard MORTIBOY (E993443)
    Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals