Defence Personnel Named in New Year’s Honours - Citations
27 December 2013
Defence Personnel Named in New Year’s Honours
Two New Zealand Defence Force personnel will be among those named in the 2014 New Year’s Honours for distinguished service.
To receive the New Zealand Distinguished
Warrant Officer Class 1 Graeme Alexander Bremner
New Zealand Army Band
Based at Burnham
Warrant Officer Class 1 Paul Allister
New Zealand Army
Based at Trentham
The citations for the recipients are attached.
Note to Editors: The New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD) recognises distinguished military service by regular, territorial and reserve members of the New Zealand Defence Force, including command, leadership and service in an operational environment, or in support of operations.
Each awarded the New Zealand Distinguished
Service Decoration (DSD)
Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1) Graeme Alexander Bremner
For services to the New Zealand Defence Force and brass bands.
WO1 Bremner is the longest serving member of the New Zealand Army Band, having enlisted in 1965.
He was appointed Drum Major in 1974 and in 1985 he
became the first and only musician in the unit to be
promoted through the ranks and attain the rank of WO1. He
has held appointments as Drum Major and Bandmaster of the
1st Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (RNZIR) Band, based
in Singapore, and the New Zealand Army Band. In the 1980s he
initiated an extensive programme of public performances by
the RNZIR Band in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and
Singapore. In 2007 he was appointed as Liaison Officer for
the New Zealand Army Band. He has managed a number of events
for the Army Band, including the 2011 Rugby World Cup, The
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant at Windsor, and the 2010
Edinburgh Military Tattoo. He has been a member of the
Woolston Brass Band Street March Championships. WO1 Bremner
has won the Brass Band Association of New Zealand’s
Champion Drum Major trophy seven times.
Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1) Paul Allister Mumm
For services to the New Zealand Defence Force.
WO1 Paul Mumm has provided exemplary service and commitment to developing the New Zealand Army’s All Arms weapons and shooting capabilities.
Since 2004 WO1 Mumm has been Head Coach of the New Zealand Army Combat Shooting Team. He has represented the New Zealand Army at international combat marksmanship competitions eleven times. He led the planning of the inaugural New Zealand Army Shooting Competition held in 2012. Through his efforts, the team representing the New Zealand Army achieved a highly regarded professional reputation among the 18 attending nations at the 2013 Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting and also at the United Kingdom based Central Skill at Arms Meeting. His pursuit of excellence in this area has been achieved by volunteering a significant portion of his personal time. His guidance and expertise is regularly sought by the New Zealand Service Rifle Association. WO1 Mumm has encouraged a policy of cooperation between the New Zealand Defence Force and civilian shooting agencies to share resources and training knowledge.