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Warrant Officer of Air Force

Warrant Officer of Air Force, W/O Mark Harwood

Warrant Officer Mark Harwood

Warrant Officer (W/O) Harwood joined the Air Force in 1975 and spent the first 10 years in Woodbourne working in the Airframe Reconditioning Squadron,  Number 1 Repair Depot (No 1 R D) on various RNZAF Aircraft.

Posted to Auckland and promoted to Sergeant in 1985, he worked in a number of maintenance support bays before being posted to 40 Squadron in 1988. 

In 1996 as a Flight Sergeant, he was posted to the Engine Reconditioning Squadron until he was promoted to Warrant Officer in 1998. 

As a Warrant Officer he has filled a wide range of roles:

  • General Service Training School Squadron Warrant Officer
  • East Timor Detachment Camp Warrant Officer
  • No. 40 Squadron Warrant Officer
  • Command Warrant Officer Maintenance Wing 
  • Flight Commander Logistics Manpower and Training Centre.

W/O Harwood has been based in Auckland since 2003. He was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in 1992 for service in the 1991/2 Gulf Conflict and later in his career, he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of his work in coordinating No. 40 Squadron’s contribution to the Sumatra tsunami relief effort in 2004/5.