BARKER, Dougal Andrew
Q772147, Major, Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps

New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration
New Year Honours List 2010
Major BARKER, formerly Captain, was deployed to Afghanistan from April to October 2008 and served as a patrol commander with the New
Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team in the Bamian Province. His patrol operated in the Khamard and Sayghan districts, two of the more
unstable areas of the province. As the security situation steadily declined over the summer months, he ensured that his patrol had all the
necessary protection measures and implemented a robust local engagement programme with the local population. He was pro-active in
ensuring that development projects remained unaffected by insurgent activity in his area of operation. In early October, while on patrol, his
vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. He ensured that all crew members from the immobilised vehicle were safely extracted,
that the tactical integrity of the remaining patrol remained intact, and close air support from other coalition forces was provided. Major
BARKER’s strong leadership and professionalism were integral in ensuring that all members of his patrol returned safely to their base.

Distinguished Service Decoration
New Zealand Operational Service Medal
New Zealand General Service Medal Afghanistan (Primary)