From: Defence Media Centre
Date: Wed 4/07/2012 7:39 PM
Personal details of Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan Sergeant Blaine Flower 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 operations in Afghanistan on 2 July 2012.
Sergeant Diddams was a member of the Special Operations Task Group and was from the Perth-based Special Air Service Regiment (SASR). He was employed as a SASR 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 successfully completed his SASR selection course and was posted to the Regiment in 1995.
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 regard by his mates and comrades alike.
Sergeant Diddams has been awarded the following honours and awards:
Australian Active Service Medal with Clasp Somalia, Clasp East Timor, Clasp ICAT
International Forces East Timor (INTERFET) Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Australian Service Medal with Clasp Solomon Islands, Clasp CT/SR
Defence Long Service Medal
Australian Defence Medal
NATO ISAF Medal
Meritorious Unit Citation
Infantry Combat Badge, and
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
Operation Slipper (Afghanistan) Feb 2012 April 2012.
Images of Sergeant Blaine Diddams are available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/12130051
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