BROUGHTON Daniel Lawrence
C48578, Warrant Officer Class One, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, Retd

Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit [MNZM]
New Year Honours List 2004

New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration [NZDSD]
Queen's Birthday Honours 2019
For services to the New Zealand Defence Force.
Danny Broughton, as Warrant Officer of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), made significant contributions to welfare and development matters, particularly from 2014 to 2018, that have assisted NZDF in becoming a more effective, inclusive and responsive military organisation.
Since 2014 he represented the NZDF at the global planning meetings for the Invictus Games, an international multi-sport event for wounded, injured and sick armed services personnel. He was a vocal campaigner for the NZDF’s programme to tackle unwanted attitudes and behaviour through the Operation Respect programme. His involvement ensured issues and expectations were discussed openly and not dismissed, contributing to the success of the programme. He also worked with the Overwatch group, the internal support group for NZDF’s LGBTQI+ community. He has supported Overwatch members at high-profile public events, including the Auckland Pride Parade, helping set an example for other unformed public-sector organisations. He worked to identify, mentor, and accelerate advancement for an emerging group of talented Non-Commissioned Officer leaders. He worked to further New Zealand’s reputation for military professionalism, leading engagement with international military partners, especially on matters of professional development of the senior Non-Commissioned Officer group.  He also networked with counterparts in other militaries around the Pacific to improve military standards across the region.

New Zealand Meritorious Service Medal [NZMSM]
Awarded 1 December 2006

Chief of General Staff Commandation
Awarded 2002

Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit
New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration
New Zealand Operational Service Medal
New Zealand General Service Medal
Bougainville, Sinai
New Zealand East Timor Medal
United Nations Transitional Authority East Timor
New Zealand Meritorious Service Medal
New Zealand Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal
Bar [2007]
New Zealand Defence Service Medal
Multinational Force & Observers Medal

Chief of General Staff Commandation


Warrant Officer Class One Danny Broughton enlisted into the New Zealand Army in 1977 as a rifleman. On completion of his Basic Training he was posted to 2nd 1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (2/1 RNZIR). Over the next twelve years, he spent the majority of his time with 2/1 RNZIR and completing postings to the 1st Battalion, RNZIR (located in Singapore) in 1978 and again in 1982.
In May 1988, he was posted to 2 Cant NMWC (Reserve Unit) as a Cadre NCO and in 1992 he posted to Office Cadet Schools (NZ) as a Field Wing Instructor. In 1995 he was promoted to Warrant Officer Class Two and posted to 2/1 RNZIR as a Company Sergeant Major.
In 1997, WO1 Broughton was promoted to Warrant Officer Class One and deployed to Bougainville as part of the ANZAC Truce Monitoring Group. On return from this operation, he was posted to Headquarters 3rd Land Force Group as the Training Warrant Officer.
In December 1999 WO1 Broughton was posted back to 2 Cant NMWC as the Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) and in 2001 he was posted to 2/1 RNZIR as the RSM and deployed to East Timor with NZ Batt 5.
In November 2003 he was selected to attend the United States Army Sergeant Major’s Academy and spent the next nine months studying at Fort Bliss, Texas before returning to take up his new appointment as the RSM, OCS (NZ) in Waiouru.
In April 2007, he deployed to Sinai as the Training Warrant Officer/RSM of the New Zealand Contingent Multinational Force and Observers (NZCMFO). On return to New Zealand in November 2007, WO1 Broughton was selected as the Land Component Sergeant Major.
On the 6th April 2010, WO1 Broughton was posted to the newly created appointment of Warrant Officer, Joint Forces New Zealand working directly to the Commander Joint Forces New Zealand (COMJFNZ).
In February 2011, WO1 Broughton was selected as the 13th Sergeant Major of the New Zealand Army and on the 31st of January 2014 he took up the post of Warrant Officer of the Defence Force
(Courtesy, New Zealand Defence Force)