Corporal Cameron Baird, VC, MG, honoured with NATO medal
A year after he was killed in action, Corporal Baird’s family were presented with the posthumously awarded NATO Meritorious Service Medal, along with a replica set of medals.
During the memorial service, a catafalque party of commandos formed around the plinth, which was previously used at Camp Russell in Tarin Kot to commemorate the members of the Special Operations Task Group who were killed in Afghanistan since 2002.
“The award of the NATO Meritorious Service Medal is not given lightly and puts Cameron in the elite company of others who have been given the award,” Lieutenant Colonel I said.
“The day was also an opportunity for us to present his parents, Doug and Kaye, and his brother Brendan with a Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife, which epitomises the history and culture of the 2nd Commando Regiment.
“Cameron’s service will be a large part of the regiment’s history, particularly when it comes to Afghanistan.
Lieutenant Colonel I said Dr Nelson had always been a strong supporter of the regiment.
“Dr Nelson has worked tirelessly in commemorating and memorialising our service and his visit to the unit is a reflection of just how much he cares,” Lieutenant Colonel I said.
“It was wonderful to welcome Cameron’s family here to take time out and reflect on Cameron’s life with his regimental family.
“Our regimental birthday is June 19, the anniversary of the 2010 Black Hawk crash in Afghanistan is June 21 and the loss of Corporal Baird is June 22, which means this week is significant for the Australian special forces community and an important time to reflect on our history and sacrifices.”