KILLED IN ACTION - 23 MAY 2011
SGT Wood enlisted in the Australian Regular Army on the 13th of February 1996 and post initial training was allocated to the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment. He later successfully completed Commando training and was posted to the 2nd Commando Regiment (then the 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (Commando)) in 1998. SGT Wood has seen Operational service in Bougainville, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. He was an absolute professional and emulated by many. His service was of the highest order and excelled in everything he did. SGT Wood’s loss will be sorely felt by the unit, mates and all who knew him.
SGT Wood was awarded the Medal for Gallantry, Distinguished Service Medal (Post), the Australian Active Service Medal with clasps East Timor, Iraq and International Coalition Against Terrorism, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Australian Service Medal with clasps Bougainville and Counter-Terrorism / Special Recovery, the Australian Defence Medal, the United Nations Transitional Administration East Timor Medal, the NATO medal with International Security Assistance Force clasp, the Unit Citation for Gallantry, the Infantry Combat badge, the Returned from Active Service Badge, the Defence Long Service Medal, and posthumously the United States Meritorious Service Medal.
During SGT Wood's service in the Australian Army, he deployed on the following Operations:
OPERATION BEL ISI (Bougainville) - 2000
OPERATION TANAGER (East Timor) - 2001
OPERATION BASTILLE/ FALCONER (Iraq) - 2003
OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) - 2006
OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) - 2009
OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) - 2011
Protective Security Detachment deployments to the Middle East Area of Operations - 2008
Multiple domestic Counter-Terrorism operations for the provision of security to international events