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Corporal Cameron Baird, MG, awarded the VC

The Governor General, Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce, AC, CVO, announced that Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird, MG, has been awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia posthumously on Thursday, 13 February.

Corporal Baird, from the 2nd
Commando Regiment based
at Sydney’s Holsworthy Barracks,
was killed by small arms fire
during an engagement with
insurgents in the Khod Valley
in southern Afghanistan on
Saturday, 22 June 2013.

Corporal Baird was serving
with a 2nd Commando
Regiment element of the
Australian Special Operations
Task Group at the time of
his death, and was the
40th Australian to be killed
in action in Afghanistan.

Corporal Cameron Baird

Corporal Baird’s citation for the Victoria Cross will be announced by the Governor General at an Investiture Ceremony at Government House on Tuesday, 18 February 2014. The award will be conferred on Corporal Baird’s parents, Doug and Kaye.

Mr Doug Baird, Mrs Kaye Baird and Corporal Baird’s brother, Brendan, today issued the following statement:

“Today is a proud day for the Baird family.

“It is a tremendous honour for us to be here on Cameron’s behalf for this announcement.

“We would like to thank the Australian Army and the Australian Defence Force for the recognition this award bestows upon Cameron, our son and brother.

“As a loving family this is a bittersweet moment, as Cameron is no longer with us; but we are honoured to have him recognised in this way and through him, all of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their beloved country.

“We would especially like to thank our extended family, the 2nd Commando Regiment, for their unwavering support.

“Cameron never liked the limelight. He was a very humble man who would not see this as an individual award, but recognition of the entire 2nd Commando Regiment.

“We accept this award not only on behalf of Cameron, but for his brothers – his team, his company, and his Regiment. Without Warning.”

Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley, AC, DSC said Corporal Baird was an exemplary Commando whose actions deserve Australia's highest military honour.

“I am immensely proud of Corporal Baird's unwavering courage and determination in the face of grave danger but I am equally saddened by his selfless sacrifice and the Baird family's loss,” General Hurley said.

“Corporal Baird was a true modern day warrior who set a standard that every soldier aspires to achieve. Modest yet inspirational, he led from the front and others followed.

“Corporal Baird represents the best of the ANZAC spirit. Australians should never forget the sacrifice he made in our nation's name.”

Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO said the award was bittersweet recognition of Corporal Baird’s extraordinary character, leadership by example and courage in perilous circumstances.

“The Army family is tremendously proud of this fine soldier,” Lieutenant General Morrison said.

“Corporal Baird’s selfless devotion to the mission, together with his bravery and leadership, undoubtedly saved the lives of his mates on that day in June 2013.”

“Today we honour not only the memory of Corporal Baird, but also the actions of a soldier who put devotion to duty before his life and paid the ultimate sacrifice for his bravery.”

Corporal Baird is the fourth Australian to receive the Victoria Cross for Australia and the 100th Australian to receive a Victoria Cross since the award was first was created by Queen Victoria in 1856.

Corporal Baird’s biography is available here.

A transcript of the press conference is available here.

Information about the Victoria Cross for Australia is available here.

Soldier’s Code, read by Mr Doug Baird at today’s announcement:

I have the honour to be a Soldier in the Australian Army. I am a custodian of traditions forged in battle by the ANZACS.
I treat others with dignity and respect and expect others to do the same. 
I strive to develop my proficiency and competency in the Profession of Arms. 
I do not compromise my integrity nor my moral courage. 
At all times I act in ways that will bring honour to Australia, and credit upon the Army, my unit and my fellow soldiers.

 

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