COOK Richard Lance
J23215, Commander, Royal New Zealand Navy

New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration
New Years Honours List 2008
Commander COOK held the appointment of Chief Staff Officer Operations at Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand (HQ JFNZ) during
2006, a position normally filled by a Colonel equivalent officer. This period was characterised by a busy operational tempo that required the
Operations Branch within HQ JFNZ to dedicate an inordinate amount of time to support operationally deployed forces, all in the face of staff
shortages within the branch. His commitment to the effort was immeasurable.  His leadership ensured that HQ JFNZ provided appropriately
responsive support to deployed missions.  This was achieved by working consistently long hours, both during the normal working week and at
weekends maintaining contact with the various missions – compounded by an array of time-zone differences.  He was always at pains
however to ensure that he was inconvenienced by the time-zone differences, rather than mission personnel.  He displayed considerable
capacity, as well as meticulous planning and organisational skills to effectively respond to the numerous daily operational demands.

New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration
New Zealand Operational Service Medal
New Zealand General Service Medal
New Zealand General Service Medal Solomon Islands
New Zealand Armed Forces Award