YARDLEY, Michael Edward
W90203, Group Captain, Royal New Zealand Air Force

NZ Distinguished Service Decoration
Queen's Birthday Honours List 2007
Wanganui Air Force Officer Group Captain Michael YARDLEY’s hard work on the Orion aircraft upgrade project was recognised on June 4 when he is
named as a recipient of the Distinguished Service Decoration.  Group Captain Michael YARDLEY has led the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF)
element of the P3K Orion Systems Upgrade Project over four years from it’s inception to the successful completion of critical design reviews.   His
citation states that 'his ability to demonstrate robust linkage between policy objectives and operational requirements was fundamental to successful
advancement through the projects approval process.  Once became a key factor in the success of the project.  He advanced a significant project,
which will result in the Orion’s being capable of effectively supporting a range of government agencies including police, fisheries and customs, in
addition to allowing the aircraft to conduct multiple roles.’  Group Captain YARDLEY said the citation was testament to the hard work of his team over
the past four years. ‘The skills and attitudes of all the people in my team and those I’ve worked with are what have made this complex project possible.’

New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration
New Zealand Armed Forces Award
New Zealand Defence Service Medal