RAMSDEN, Jeremy Dan St Clair
R49787, Lieutenant Colonel, New Zealand Army

Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit
Queen's Birthday Honours List 2000
Major, Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps

NATO Meritorious Service Medal Awarded 2009 (News article)
The first ever NATO Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) to be awarded to a New Zealander was presented to Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy
RAMSDEN, MNZM at a special ceremony in Brussels, Belgium on 9 June. Lieutenant Colonel RAMSDEN was presented with his medal
by NATO Secretary-General His Excellency Mr Jaap de HOOP SCHEFFER, at a North Atlantic Council meeting. The medal was
awarded to Lieutenant Colonel RAMSDEN for his outstanding service while he was working for the International Security Assistance
Force (ISAF) in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was deployed for six months as the Deputy Chief of Plans at the ISAF HQs, spending some
eight weeks as the Acting Chief of Plans. His medal citation commends his superior leadership and example, stating that “he was
extremely proactive, pursuing excellence to ensure the quality and tempo of his branch’s work. He focused on maintaining momentum
and the Commander’s intent as multiple command and staff changes occurred in an often tumultuous environment.” While in
Afghanistan he implemented a combined planning framework with the Afghan National Security Forces. Without hesitation, he developed this into a partnering arrangement which he championed at the HQ ISAF staff level, requiring remarkable resilience and diplomacy to implement. Lieutenant Colonel RAMSDEN said he was honoured to receive the medal, “but it belongs to my wife and kids, they made the sacrifice, this was my fourth operational tour.” The NATO MSM was first awarded in 2003 to commend military and civilian personnel for providing exceptional and remarkable service to NATO, be it through acts of courage in difficult or dangerous circumstances, exceptional leadership or outstanding individual contributions.

Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM)
New Zealand Operational Service Medal
NATO Medal
New Zealand General Service Medal (non warlike)
NATO Medal
New Zealand General Service Medal Afghanistan (Primary)
NATO Meritorious Service Medal
New Zealand Armed Forces Award
Multinational Force & Observers Medal