WILSON, Christopher James
Warrant Officer Class One, Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment (The Duke of York’s Own)

CITATION
Distinguished Service Decoration
Warrant Officer Class One WILSON served in Afghanistan with the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team from April to October
2010. His duty as Patrol Liaison Officer was to establish a network of relationships with both local government representatives and
community leaders in the Kahmard and Sayghan districts of Bamyan province, to promote reconstruction efforts in governance,
development and security. In June and July, the local communities where he worked were devastated by the worst flooding in living
memory. His careful management of scarce resources resulted in significant and much needed relief being provided to the local
population. On 3 August, his Patrol Commander (Lieutenant O’DONNELL) was killed in an ambush. He had to take immediate
command of the patrol, win the resulting fire fight (during which actions by the crew members of the ambushed vehicle and another
patrol member who went forward to affect their rescue, have been recognised by gallantry awards) and adopt a defensive position until
the arrival of a supporting force. He then also assumed command of the patrol, providing the leadership and guidance necessary for
the young soldiers to come to terms with what had been a traumatic event, without losing operational integrity, at a time when security
was becoming of increasing concern.



KNOWN AWARDS
Distinguished Service Decoration
NZ Operational Service Medal
NZ General Service Medal (Non warlike)
United Nations Special Service Medal
East Timor Medal
United Nations, UNTAET Medal
NZ General Service Medal - Solomon Islands
NATO Service Medal
NZ General Service Medal (Afghan Primary)
NZ Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal and bar
NZ Defence Service Decoration

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