Lieutenant Colonel Mikkelsen transferred to the Regular Force
in 1999 following 11 years of service in the Army Reserves. In
the Regular Force, he has served in a number of staff positions
from unit to brigade level between 1999 and 2005. It was also
during this time he deployed to East Timor (2001) and Bosnia
(2003) in intelligence roles.
In 2006, Lieutenant Colonel Mikkelsen was posted to the
United Kingdom as an instructor at the Defence Intelligence
and Security Centre (Chicksands) as a Senior Instructor.
Upon his return to New Zealand in 2008, Lieutenant Colonel
Mikkelsen was posted to the Land Operations Training Centre,
Waiouru as the Chief Instructor of the School of Military
Intelligence and Security. Whilst as Chief Instructor at, he
deployed, at short notice, to Afghanistan in October 2009 to be
the Intelligence Officer for the New Zealand Provincial
Reconstruction Team in Bamyan Province, central Afghanistan.
He received a US Meritorious Service Medal for his efforts in
In 2011, Lieutenant Colonel Mikkelsen attended Staff College at
the US Army Command and General Staff College in Fort
In December 2012, Lieutenant Colonel Mikkelsen was posted
to Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand (Operational
Headquarters), as the Chief Intelligence Officer (J2) on
promotion. During his tenure as J2, the US Army Military
Intelligence Corps Association awarded LTCOL Mikkelsen the
Major General Van Deman Award. This award recognised
LTCOL Mikkelsen’s significant contribution to enhancing cooperation with US Military Intelligence Forces within
In 2016, Lieutenant Colonel Mikkelsen was posted to C4ISR
Capability Working Group at HQ NZDF.
During his time he
initially served as the C4 Capability Manager then assumed the
lead of the C4ISR Working Group in April 2017. The Working
Group's role is to develop and define future C3 and ISR
In September 2018, Lieutenant Colonel Mikkelsen deployed to
the Middle East in support of Coalition operations, returning to
NZ in March 2019 to assume the appointment of Director GNZ.
Between December 2012 and July 2018, Lieutenant Colonel
Mikkelsen also served as the Regimental Colonel of the New
Zealand Intelligence Corps (NZIC). This appointment provides
advice to the Chief of Army and Land Component Command on
intelligence and security matters with respect to the NZIC.
Lieutenant Colonel Mikkelsen has a degree in Business Studies
from Massey University, a qualified Red Team member from the
University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies (Fort
Leavenworth) and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Strategic
Studies with a focus on Asia.
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