WELLINGTON, Brett Lockwood
Lieutenant Colonel, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment
NZ Distinguished Service Decoration
Lieutenant Colonel WELLINGTON served as the Senior Military Advisor with the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team (NZPRT) in Bamyan Province, Afghanistan, from August 2011 to April 2012, and commanded the 129 New Zealand personnel in the PRT. He consistently demonstrated sound professional judgement and the tactics adopted under his leadership helped ensure that the PRT was able to sustain effective operations in those parts of the province that were under the greatest threat. They also disrupted the insurgent networks and reduced their ability to mount attacks or threaten the local population. He devoted considerable time to the implementation of a plan to transition responsibility for the security of the province to Afghan Security Forces and to withdraw the PRT from Afghanistan. Under his energetic guidance, an Afghan National Police Quick Reaction Force was formed, trained to a high standard and deployed on operations. It now provides local security forces with greater capacity to resist insurgent threats. The commendable performance of the PRT during this period and the fact that Bamyan Province remained one of the more secure parts of Afghanistan, was due in no small part to the leadership of Lieutenant Colonel WELLINGTON.
Distinguished Service Decoration
NZ Operational Service Medal
NZ General Service Medal (Afghan Primary)
NZ Defence Service Medal