SGT Blaine Diddams Jul 7, 2012 8:27:06 GMT 9.5
Post by Chips on Jul 7, 2012 8:27:06 GMT 9.5
SGT Blaine Diddams
It is with deep regret that the Australian Defence Force announces the death of Sergeant Blaine Diddams who was killed during an engagement with insurgents on operation in Afghanistan on 2 July 2012.
Personal details of Sergeant Blaine Flower Diddams
Sergeant Diddams was a member of the Special Operations Task Group and was from the Perth-based Special Air Service Regiment. He was employed as a Special Air Service Regiment Patrol Commander.
Sergeant Diddams is survived by his wife Toni-Ann, their daughter Elle-Lou and son Henry, his parents Peter and Cate, and siblings Nikki, Sian, Christian and Luke.
Sergeant Diddams was born in Canberra, ACT, in 1971. He enlisted in the Army on 24 April 1990 and after completing his initial employment training for infantry was posted to the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment in Townsville, Queensland on 2 November 1990. Sergeant Diddams was posted to the Special Air Service Regiment in 1995 after successfully completing his Special Air Service Regiment selection course. This was his seventh tour to Afghanistan since 2001, although he had deployed previously on four occasions to Somalia, East Timor and the Solomon Islands.
Sergeant Diddams, ‘Didds’ to his mates, was a devoted family man and a dedicated professional soldier. Known for his outwards personality and quirky sense of humour, he was held in the highest regards by his mates and comrades alike.
Sergeant Diddams has been awarded the following honours and awards: the Australian Active Service Medal with Clasp Somalia, Clasp East Timor, Clasp ICAT; the International Forces East Timor (INTERFET) Medal; the Afghanistan Campaign Medal; the Australian Service Medal with Clasp Solomon Islands, Clasp ‘CT/SR’; the Defence Long Service Medal, the Australian Defence Medal; the NATO ISAF Medal; the Meritorious Unit Citation; the Infantry Combat Badge and the Returned from Active Service Badge.
During Sergeant Diddams’ service in the Australian Army he deployed on the following Operations:
Operation Solace (Somalia) – Jan – May 1993;
Operation Warden (East Timor) – Jan – Feb 2000;
Operation Tanager (East Timor) – February – May 2000;
Operation Trek (Solomon Islands) – 2002;
Operation Slipper (Afghanistan) – Nov 2001 –Apr 2002;
Operation Slipper (Afghanistan) – May – Oct 2007;
Operation Slipper (Afghanistan) – Jan – April 2008;
Operation Slipper (Afghanistan) – May – July 2008;
Operation Slipper (Afghanistan) – Jun – Nov 2009;
Operation Slipper (Afghanistan) – Jan – Jul 2011;
Operation Amulet (CHOGM Perth) – 2011; and
Operation Slipper (Afghanistan) – Feb 2012 – July 2012.