Lance Corporal Todd Chidgey begins his journey home
5 July 2014
Lance Corporal Todd Chidgey, has commenced his final journey home to Australia.
Lance Corporal Chidgey died in a non-combat related incident in Afghanistan, on 1 July 2014.
Lance Corporal Chidgey was farewelled by his mates during a private memorial service held at Kabul International Airport – North followed by a traditional Ramp Ceremony.
Remembered as a loyal and professional soldier from the Sydney-based 2nd Commando Regiment, Lance Corporal Chidgey was well respected by his colleagues.
Commander of Australian Forces in the Middle East Region, Major General Craig Orme said all operational deaths are a tragedy.
“Today we farewelled another fine Australian soldier who dedicated his life to serve his country. Lance Corporal Todd Chidgey was part of the Defence family and today we salute his service as we offer our thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and colleagues,” Major General Orme said.
Lance Corporal Chidgey will be flown from Kabul to Australia’s Middle East Region Headquarters at the UAE’s Al Minhad Air Base before returning to Australia.
Defence will provide further details of Lance Corporal Chidgey’s Australian Ramp Ceremony in due course.
The Australian Defence Force Investigative Service (ADFIS) continues its investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death.
Defence requests that media continue to respect the family’s request for privacy and compassion.
Imagery of the Ramp Ceremony is available at the following link:
Vision of the ramp ceremony will be fed to all TV networks at the Press Gallery Parliament House.
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