Sergeant Brett WoodI wrote of Fallen Hero SGT Brett Wood here.
Today from War on Terror News comes this:
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Aussie Special Operations Honor SGT Brett Wood
Picture, Courtesy of Australian Ministry of Defense: Two Special Operations Group soldiers farewell Sergeant Brett Wood as he departs Tarin Kot airfield. Mid Caption: Australian Army soldier Sergeant Brett Wood, MG was farewelled from Afghanistan in a memorial service and ramp ceremony at Multi National Base Tarin Kot. SGT Wood was killed in action on 23 May 2011 during a partnered Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) and Afghan National Police operation. After the memorial service, Sergeant Wood’s casket was placed onto a Long Range Patrol Vehicle (LRPV) by members of his platoon and led through an honour guard from the Task Group before his journey home. Deep: The Special Operations Task Group is deployed to southern Afghanistan to conduct population-centric, security and counter insurgency operations. SOTG support the Afghan National Police’s Provincial Response Company. SOTG includes members from the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR), 1st and 2nd Commando Regiments, the Incident Response Regiment, Special Operations Logistic Squadron and supporting units.The Commanding Officer of the SOTG described Sergeant Wood as the finest example of an Australian soldier.
“We should all be immensely grateful for having had the privilege of serving with Brett before his last patrol.
“Brett was a man amongst men, a soldier’s soldier, an outstanding leader, a great mate, a loving husband, courageous and professional to a fault,” Lieutenant Colonel ‘G’ said.
Sergeant Wood was honoured in a ceremony within the SOTG compound, surrounded by his mates from the 2nd Commando Regiment, the Special Air Service Regiment and representatives from ISAF and Afghan Task Forces.
After the memorial service, Sergeant Wood’s casket was placed onto a Long Range Patrol Vehicle by members of his platoon and led through an honour guard of soldiers from the Task Group. He was escorted onto a waiting Royal Australian Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft to begin the long journey home to family and friends in Australia.
“It was no surprise to anyone to hear that when Brett was killed, it was once again leading a team of Commandos, at the front, assaulting the enemy – much like in 2006 when he was awarded his Medal for Gallantry.”...
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Rest in Peace, Sir.