WELLINGTON, Brett Lockwood
Lieutenant Colonel, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment

CITATION
New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration
New Year Honours 31 December 2012
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.

AWARDS
New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration
New Zealand Operational Service Medal
New Zealand East Timor Medal
UNTAET Medal
New Zealand General Service Medal, Afghanistan (Primary)
United Nations Special Service Medal
New Zealand General Service Medal (Solomon Islands)
NATO Medal
New Zealand Armed Forces Award
New Zealand Defence Service Medal
Regular
Australian INTERFET Medal

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