BRUNTON, Mark Stanley
Wing Commander, Royal New Zealand Air Force

New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration
For services to the New Zealand Defence Force Wing Commander Brunton joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force in 1976. He was commissioned as an Engineering Officer and since then has held numerous engineering and command positions. In 2001, he was made responsible for the resettlement of RNZAF personnel following the disbandment of the Air Combat Force. In late 2005 he was seconded to the Boeing B757 Upgrade Project as the Ministry of Defence Project Manager.

At this time the project was in difficulty following the withdrawal of one of the key contractors, requiring considerable additional work under intense time constraints and budget pressures. In 2006, after successfully renegotiating the contract, he moved to the contractor’s facilities in Mobile, Alabama when the project encountered further unforeseen finance, design, integration, and production problems. Though he had limited authority, Wing Commander Brunton used his negotiating and management skills to bring the project to a successful conclusion and ensured the delivery of the upgraded aircraft to the Air Force.

New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration
New Zealand Armed Forces Award
New Zealand Defence Service Medal