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Australian Recognition For Kiwi Service In Cambodia

The Australian Meritorious Unit Citation and insignia
The Australian Meritorious Unit Citation and insignia

28 May 2015

New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel who served with a combined Australian and New Zealand military unit in Cambodia in the early 1990s are to be awarded the Australian Meritorious Unit Citation.

The Force Communications Unit was a combined Australian and New Zealand military unit which served as part of the United Nations Transitional Authority (UNTAC) in Cambodia from 15 March 1992 to 7 October 1993. The unit provided communications between components of UNTAC, the Cambodian Supreme National Council and the military headquarters of the four political factions.

In 2014 the Australian Government awarded the Australian Meritorious Unit Citation to Australian Defence Force personnel who served in the Force Communications Unit. The same recognition has now been offered to the members of the New Zealand Armed Forces who served in this unit for their “sustained outstanding service” in Cambodia.

Prime Minister John Key has approved the acceptance and wear of this Australian award by the 65 eligible New Zealanders.

More information on the award, including Frequently Asked Questions, can be found on the NZDF Medals website

ENDS

For further information please contact Defence Public Affairs: 021 487 980


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