Just to remind people that other nations take some grievious losses, too. Sgt Wood had been awarded the Australian Medal of Gallantry in 2006. Gillard stays on mission as another digger lost on the road - National News - National - General - The Canberra Times This is a copy of the press release form Oz: It is with deep regret the Australian Defence Force announces the death of Sergeant Brett Wood during operations in Afghanistan. Sergeant Wood was serving with the Special Operations Task Group when he was tragically killed in action as a result of the explosion of an Improvised Explosive Device on Monday 23 May 2011 (Afghanistan time). Thirty-two year old Sergeant Wood was from the Sydney based 2nd Commando Regiment. Sergeant Brett Wood leaves behind his loving wife and family, who are currently receiving support from Defence. Sergeant Brett Wood was born in Ferntree Gully, Victoria in 1978. He joined the Army in 1996 and after recruit training joined 6th Battalion the Royal Australian Regiment. Sergeant Wood successfully undertook Commando Selection and Training and joined the then 4th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (2 Commando) in November 1998. Sergeant Wood has significant operational experience. His first deployment was to Bougainville in 2000. In 2001 he deployed to East Timor on Operation Tanager and in 2003 to Iraq on Operation Falconer. In 2006 Sergeant Wood deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Slipper. He was awarded The Medal for Gallantry for leadership in action as a Team Commander during this tour. Sergeant Wood received a Special Operations Commander Australia, Commendation for service with the Tactical Assault Group East in 2007 and in 2009 he returned to Afghanistan as a Section Commander. Sergeant Wood deployed to Afghanistan, for the third time, in March this year. Sergeant Brett Wood was awarded the Medal for Gallantry, the Australian Active Service Medal with clasps: East Timor, International Coalition Against Terrorism (ICAT) and Iraq 2003, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Australian Service Medal with clasp Bougainville, the Australian Defence Medal, United Nations East Timor Medal, NATO ISAF Medal, Special Operations Command Australia Commendation and Unit Citation for Gallantry. He has also been awarded the Infantry Combat Badge.