COOK Richard Lance
J23215, Commander, Royal New Zealand Navy

New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration
Commander COOK held the appointment of Chief Staff Officer Operations at Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand (HQ JFNZ) during 2006, a position normally
filled by a Colonel equivalent officer. This period was characterised by a busy operational tempo that required the Operations Branch within HQ JFNZ to dedicate an
inordinate amount of time to support operationally deployed forces, all in the face of staff shortages within the branch. His commitment to the effort was
immeasurable.  His leadership ensured that HQ JFNZ provided appropriately responsive support to deployed missions.  This was achieved by working consistently
long hours, both during the normal working week and at weekends maintaining contact with the various missions – compounded by an array of time-zone
differences.  He was always at pains however to ensure that he was inconvenienced by the time-zone differences, rather than mission personnel.  He displayed
considerable capacity, as well as meticulous planning and organisational skills to effectively respond to the numerous daily operational demands.

New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration
New Zealand Operational Service Medal
New Zealand General Service Medal
New Zealand General Service Medal Solomon Islands
New Zealand Armed Forces Award
New Zealand Defence Service Medal