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Fallen Commando returns home

A moving ceremony has been held at Sydney's RAAF Base Richmond as family and friends of Corporal Cameron Baird, MG  marked his return home.

Corporal  Baird was killed by small arms fire on Saturday, 22 June 2013 during an engagement with insurgents in the Khod Valley in southern Afghanistan.  He was serving with the Australian Special Operations Task Group when he was killed.

Members of Corporal Baird’s unit, the 2nd Commando Regiment, met the RAAF C-17 Globemaster aircraft  and formed an honour guard and bearer party to escort Corporal Baird’s casket to his waiting family.

Corporal Baird was received by his family, members of  his Regiment, Chief of the Defence Force General David Hurley, AC, DSC, Chief of Army Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO, and Special Operations Commander Australia Major General ‘Gus’ Gilmore, AO, DSC.

Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison said the impact of Corporal Baird’s death was felt across the Army.

“Corporal Baird was a courageous soldier and a first-rate leader,” Lieutenant General Morrison said.

“His death is a tragedy for his family and is deeply felt by the extended Army family."

Special Operations Commander Australia, Major General ‘Gus’ Gilmore spoke of Corporal Baird as an inspiration to his fellow soldiers.

"Corporal Baird never took a backwards step; he was an experienced, combat-hardened soldier, who led from the front, getting the best out of those who worked alongside him,” Major General Gilmore said.