Brett Mathew WOOD MG, DSM


WOOD, Brett Mathew

Service Number: 8251361
Enlisted: 13 February 1996
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 2nd Commando Regiment
Born: Ferntree Gully, Victoria, 1978
Home Town: Kernot, Bass Coast, Victoria
Schooling: Wonthaggi Secondary College
Occupation: Dairy farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, 23 May 2011
Cemetery: Sydney War Cemetery (Rookwood)
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Yungaburra Afghanistan Avenue of Honour
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Non Warlike Service

13 Feb 1996: Enlisted Australian Army, Private, SN 8251361, Army Training Units

Afghanistan Service

23 May 2011: Involvement Australian Army, Sergeant, SN 8251361, 2nd Commando Regiment

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Sergeant Brett WOOD 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.

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.

Deployments were:

  • OPERATION BEL ISI II (Bougainville) – Mar 2000 – Aug 2000.
  • OPERATION TANAGER (East Timor) – Apr 2001 – Aug 2001.
  • OPERATION FALCONER (Iraq) – Feb 2003 – May 2003.
  • OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) – Apr 2006 – Sep 2006.
  • OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) – Jul 2009 – Nov 2009.
  • OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) – Mar 2011 – May 2011.


Sergeant  Wood was awarded the following medals and service recognitions:

  • 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 clasps
  • Bougainville, Counter Terrorism and Special Recovery Clasp
  • Defence Long Service Medal; Australian Defence Medal
  • United Nations East Timor Medal
  • NATO ISAF Medal
  • Special Operations Command Australia Commendation and Unit Citation for Gallantry.
  • the Infantry Combat Badge