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Special Operations Commander
Australia MAJGEN Gus Gilmore
joined his family at the ceremony.
The Commander Joint Task Force
633, MAJGEN Angus Campbell, said
their thoughts were with SGT Wood's
"SGT Wood epitomised the values
of courage, dedication to duty, loyalty
and mateship," he said.
"He was admired and respected by
all who served with him."
SGT Wood's funeral was held at
St Andrews Cathedral in Sydney on
At the time of going to print, repatriation
arrangements for LCPL Jones and LT Case
were under way.
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SERVING AUSTRALIA WITH PRIDE
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Deaths shock Defence
By CPL Zenith King
THE deaths of three soldiers in Af-
ghanistan in the space of a week have
sent shock waves through the Defence
SGT Brett Wood died on May 23
during a partnered Special Operations
Task Group and Afghan National
Security Forces mission when an
improvised explosive device detonat-
ed. Then in a double blow on May 30,
two soldiers were killed.
LCPL Andrew Jones was walking
within the perimeter of Patrol Base
Mashal when he was shot by an ANA
soldier in a guard tower. The ANA
soldier fled and had not been found as
Navy News went to print. An investi-
gation into the incident is ongoing.
Despite receiving substantial medi-
cal treatment at the base and being air-
lifted to a nearby International Security
Assistance Force medical facility in
Tarin Kot, LCPL Jones died from his
LCPL Jones, 9 Force Support
Battalion, was serving as a cook with
the Force Support Unit and leaves
behind his loving parents, two younger
siblings and girlfriend.
In a statement his family and
SGT Brett Wood
LCPL Andrew Jones
LT Marcus Case
girlfriend thanked those who helped
Andrew in his last hours.
"We know you did your best to
save him and continue to face the big
job ahead of you while also dealing
with his death," the statement said.
"Andrew was a dependable yet
cheeky character who we will miss
with all our hearts. We are in deep
mourning at the loss of our son, broth-
er and boyfriend."
In the second incident, which
occurred a few hours after the shoot-
ing, LT Marcus Case, 6 Aviation
Regiment, was killed when an
Australian Chinook helicopter crashed
while undertaking a re-supply mission
in Zabul Province, 90km east of Tarin
A US Chinook was nearby and the
crew on board witnessed the crash.
The US helicopter landed and pro-
vided immediate medivac assistance
by transporting LT Case to the Role 2
facility in Qalat, 70km to the south of
the crash site. Unfortunately, he could
not be saved.
LT Case was deployed to
Afghanistan as a Heron Unmanned
Aerial Vehicle Operator.
He was described in a statement by
his family as fun-loving, gentle and
"Marcus was the youngest of six
very close brothers and sisters who
adored each other and spent as much
time together as they could. Marcus
was also the sparkle to his number one
fans, his Mum and Dad," the statement
"Marcus will be sorely missed by
his loving and very proud family as
well as his large group of supportive
friends. He was an idol to his niece
and nephews who, when upon seeing a
helicopter, would point to it and glee-
fully say 'there goes Marcus'."
Defence has ruled out insurgent
ground fire as a possible cause for the
crash. The Chinook helicopter could
not be recovered and was destroyed
SAD FAREWELL: Coalition and Afghan soldiers form a guard of honour along the route to the Tarin Kot air-
field during the ramp ceremony for SGT Brett Wood.
Photo: ABIS Jo Dilorenzo
Mates honour, farewell
a brave commando
A HIGHLY respected commando who
was killed in action in Afghanistan re-
turned to Australia on May 30.
SGT Brett Wood was killed by an
improvised explosive device on May
23. Two other Australian soldiers
were wounded in the same blast.
On May 28 he was farewelled by his
fellow soldiers from the 2nd Commando
Regiment, the Special Air Service
Regiment and representatives from the
International Security Assistance Force
and Afghan task forces at a special
memorial service within the Special
Operations Task Group compound in
After the memorial service, SGT
Wood's casket was placed onto a vehi-
cle by members of his platoon and led
through an honour guard of soldiers
from the task group to a RAAF 37
Squadron C-130 Hercules.
After a traditional ramp ceremony,
the Hercules flew him to the Al
Minhad Air Base in the United Arab
Emirates. From there, a C-17 trans-
ported him to RAAF Base Richmond.
SGT Wood's casket was removed
during another ramp ceremony at
which soldiers from his unit formed an
CDF ACM Angus Houston, Chief
Help at hand
ADF personnel are reminded
that support services are avail-
able to them in the wake of the
Personnel have access to
support through their own unit,
the chaplains and also the All-
hours Support Line (ASL) on
1800 628 036.
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