It is with deep regret the Australian Defence Force announces the death of Private (Pte) Benjamin Chuck during operations in Afghanistan.
Private Chuck was serving with the Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) when he tragically lost his life in a helicopter crash, on Monday 21 June 2010.
Twenty-seven-year-old Private Chuck was from the Sydney-based 2nd Commando Regiment.
Private Chuck leaves behind his parents, one brother, one sister, and his partner who are currently receiving support from Defence.
Private Chuck was born in Atherton, Queensland in 1983. He joined the Army on 11 May, 2004 as part of the Special Forces Direct Recruiting Scheme. On completion of his Commando Selection and Training Course and Reinforcement Cycle he was posted to the then 4th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (Commando) – now 2nd Commando Regiment. This was his third tour to Afghanistan and was serving with the SOTG. Private Chuck was an outstanding Commando who was highly trained and excelled at all he attempted. Private Chuck was the Patrol Medic within his sniper team. He was suited to this role as his affectionate and caring nature drove his passion for helping his mates.
Private Chuck has been awarded the Australian Active Service Medal with Clasp ICAT, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO ISAF Medal, the Infantry Combat Badge and the Australian Defence Medal. Private Chuck has also been awarded the Returned from Active Service Badge from his first deployment to Afghanistan.
During Private Benjamin Adam Chuck's service in the Australian Army Ben deployed on the following Operations;