Australian Special Forces Sergeant Brett Wood, aged 32, was killed in southern Afghanistan on 23rd May 2011 when a bomb was detonated while Sgt. Wood and his unit were conducting clearance operations.
Sgt. Wood, from Victoria, served with the elite 2nd Commando Regiment. With over 15 years military service, he had served in Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Iraq. This was his third deployment to Afghanistan. In 2006 he was awarded the Medal for Gallantry.
Australian Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston described Sgt. Wood as a "decorated warrior."