Statement on behalf of Mrs Elvi Wood
24 May 2011
Defence releases the following statement on behalf of Mrs Elvi Wood, the wife of Sergeant Brett Wood.
"On behalf of Brett’s immediate family, his friends and myself - I would like the Australian public to know what a brilliant husband, son, brother, friend and soldier Brett Mathew Wood was.
Brett was extremely proud to be part of the 2nd Commando Regiment and he considered many of his colleagues to be his second family. He was an excellent soldier, a true leader and a friend to all in his unit.
The care and support we have received today from the Defence Force as well as Brett’s colleagues simply reinforces how well respected Brett was.
Brett was a much loved son, grandson and brother who inspired his family with his dedication and generosity.
I have not only lost my husband, I have lost my best friend. The past six years with him were the happiest of my life and it was the biggest honour ever to become his wife and to be part of his family.
Brett, you have done your country proud and you will always be remembered.
I love you with all of my heart. Be in peace now.
We request that the media respect our privacy at this difficult time and provide us with the space to grieve. We will not be making any further comment and thank the media and community for their understanding."