Sergeant Langley begins journey home
9 July 2011
Australian Commando Sergeant Todd Langley has been farewelled by mates and colleagues in a memorial service and ramp ceremony at the Multi National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan.
The 35 year old was killed in action on 4 July 2011, during a Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) and Afghan National Security Forces operation targeting insurgents in Helmand Province.
Commanding Officer of the SOTG, Lieutenant Colonel G (he cannot be identified for operational security reasons) said SGT Langley was a natural leader and a man who always put the interests of others before himself.
“For many of us, time seemed to stand still at that dreadful moment when we learnt of his death. For all who have come to know and love him, especially family and friends, his passing will be difficult to reconcile,” Lieutenant Colonel G said.
“He fought with bravery, distinction and valour. He fought in the knowledge that he was making a real difference for the people of Afghanistan. Todd never sought praise preferring instead to let his actions do the talking.”
At the memorial service, members of Sergeant Langley’s platoon also spoke of his exceptional skills as a soldier and his inspirational dedication to family and friends.
Sergeant Langley was honoured in a ceremony within the SOTG compound, surrounded by colleagues from the 2nd Commando Regiment, the Special Air Service Regiment, the Incident Response Regiment (IRR), other ADF representatives and members from Coalition Task Forces.
After the memorial service, Sergeant Langley’s casket was placed onto a Long Range Patrol Vehicle (LRPV) and led through an honour guard of soldiers from the Task Group. The casket was then placed into a waiting C130 aircraft to begin the long journey to Australia.
The Acting Commander of Australia’s military contribution to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan (ISAF), Air Commodore John Oddie said Sergeant Langley will be deeply missed but his bravery and unwavering dedication to mates and country will remain an inspiration to all members of the ADF.
“Todd will now occupy a special part in our nation’s history. The years will come to pass, but one thing is for certain, he will never be forgotten,” Air Commodore Oddie said.
“As we return to operations, Todd’s legacy will serve to inspire us all – he always led from the front. His mates will now step up, follow his example and honour his sacrifice.”
Sergeant Langley will return to his family and friends in Australia over the coming days.
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