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Warrant Officer Class 2 David Nary

2005 died in a training accident in the Middle East

One of Australia’s most experienced special forces soldiers, Warrant Officer Class 2 David Russell Nary, from the Special Air Service Regiment, died on 6 November 2005 as a result of an accident during a training activity in the Middle East area of operations.

Warrant Officer David Nary was a very popular soldier with a wealth of special forces experience. He enlisted in the Australian Army in 1981, serving as an infantry soldier in 8/9 Royal Australian Regiment and 11/28 Royal Western Australian Regiment prior to joining the Special Air Service Regiment in 1989.

Warrant Officer Nary served Australia on operations in the Sinai, East Timor and Afghanistan. His experience, leadership and significant achievements within the Special Air Service Regiment were recognised in January 2005 when he was promoted to Warrant Officer Class 2.

Defence Minister Robert Hill joined the Chief of Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, and the men and women of the Australian Defence Force in expressing his sadness at news of the death of Warrant Officer Nary.

Warrant Officer Nary died as a result of injuries suffered during a training activity in the Middle East area of operations.

"On behalf of the Australian Government, I would like to extend our deepest condolences and sympathy to the soldier’s wife, to his children and to his family and friends for their loss," Senator Hill said.

"We should never take for granted the ongoing risks and dangers that face our Defence Force personnel deployed on operations overseas.

"I would like to extend the Government’s sincere appreciation for the valuable work our Special Forces and all ADF personnel continue to do on behalf of Australia.

"Our thoughts are with his family during this time and we join them in mourning the tragic loss of a fellow Australian."

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