Staff Sergeant Brett George Linley from 11 Explosive OrdnanceDisposal Regiment,The Royal Logistic Corps, serving with the Counter-IED Task Force, died in Afghanistan Saturday 17 July 2010.
Staff Sergeant Linley was 29 and from Birmingham. He and his team were working to clear Improvised Explosive Devices from a vital route in the Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand Province when he was killed by an explosion.
There is no doubt that during his tour of duty in Afghanistan, StaffSergeant Linley's actions have saved many lives, both Afghan andBritish, and his death is a tragic loss to his unit, his family and hisfriends. Staff Sergeant Linley is survived by his partner and hisparents.
Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel James Carr-Smith, said: "He was a very brave and courageous man and he will be missed by us all. We will remember him."
He enlisted into the Royal Logistics Corps in March 2001 andqualified as an Ammunition Technician in September 2002.
Over the next eight years, Staff Sergeant Linley trained for severalCounter-IED roles and most recently in March 2010, qualified as a HighThreat IEDD Operator. Over this time he perfected his bomb disposalskills whilst deployed on three separate tours of duty in NorthernIreland, working closely with the Police Service of Northern Ireland. Healso deployed in the Ammunition Technician role to the FalklandsIslands and Canada.
In late March 2010, Staff Sergeant Linley deployed with his IEDD teamon Operation HERRICK to Afghanistan and conducted dozens of IEDclearances across Helmand province.