REILLY, Neville John
T30975, Colonel, Colonels' List, New Zealand Army

CITATION
New Zealand Gallantry Star
Gazetted in the Birthday Honours List 5 June 2000
Colonel Reilly, between June and September 1999, served with the United Nations Mission to East Timor (UNAMET). Immediately the result of the
referendum was announced, East Timor began to descend to a state of anarchy. Colonel Reilly was then asked by the United Nations to assume
responsibility for the security of the United Nations Mission. It was during this period that he displayed exceptional courage and presence in the face
of great physical threat from the rampant militia forces. He often ventured unarmed and with complete disregard to his personal safety to provide
support to displaced United Nations staff and to reconnoitre escape routes for possible emergency evacuation of United Nations staff. On one
specific occasion, he drove some five kilometres through militia controlled territory to rescue a colleague who was trapped by militia forces attacking
the house in which he was hiding. He effected the rescue at considerable personal risk, displaying a total disdain for the chaos and danger around him. Colonel Reilly's calm, unruffled leadership and courage were also inspirational during the siege by militia forces of the UNAMET compound. In addition, his diplomacy and Indonesian language skills were pivotal in successfully negotiating the safe evacuation of some two thousand people, comprising all United Nations staff from Dili and East Timorese nationals who had sought refuge with the United Nations.

Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit
Gazetted in the Birthday Honours List 7 June 1996

AWARDS
Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM)
New Zealand Gallantry Star
New Zealand Operational Service Medal
New Zealand East Timor Medal
United Nations Medal for East Timor (UNTAET)
New Zealand Armed Forces Award
New Zealand Defence Service Medal
Regular

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