John McLeod, ONZM, joined the New Zealand Army in 1979 as curator of the Army Museum in Waiouru, and retired 32 years later after a career that included operational service in Angola and Timor-Leste.
He is currently responsible within the Defence Force for commemoration and heritage issues, and is the cross-agency lead for the 2015 Gallipoli commemoration.
He is the author of the best-selling 1986 history, Myth and Reality: the New Zealand Soldier in World War II.
His new book, Elusive Peace: a Kiwi Peacekeeper in Angola (Steele-Roberts) tells the story of his time as a United Nations Military Observer in 1998.
He talks frankly about the realities of modern peacekeeping with Kim Hill.