PARSONS, Christopher John
M56016, Lieutenant Colonel, The New Zealand Special Air Service

CITATION
Member of the NZ Order of Merit
Appointed an Additional Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2000

New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration
Lieutenant Colonel PARSONS served in Afghanistan from August 2010 to January 2011 as the Senior National Officer for Operation Watea, which is
a Special Operations Task Force to protect Kabul from insurgent attacks and to help develop a robust and ethical Afghan Counter Terrorist Police
Force.  He was the third commander to lead the mission, which incorporates some of the most sophisticated support ever deployed by the New
Zealand Defence Force. He built on the solid foundation laid down by his predecessors by expanding the relationship between the senior leadership
of the Afghan Crisis Response Unit, Ministry of Interior and other Afghan government agencies. Through his efforts, the New Zealand Special Air
Service is now a recognised leader in the partnering and mentoring of indigenous forces in a counter-terrorist and counter insurgency framework.

AWARDS
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM)
New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration
New Zealand Operational Service Medal
New Zealand General Service Medal (Afghan Primary)
New Zealand Armed Forces Award
New Zealand Defence Service Medal
Regular

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