Sergeant Damien Wagenfeller was born on 04 June 1975, in Adelaide, South Australia and enlisted into the Army in February 1993. On completion of recruit training at Kapooka, he was allocated to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps.
Sergeant Wagenfeller was initially posted to the 49th Battalion, Royal Queensland Regiment on completion of initial employment training at Singleton in 1994; however, later that year he was posted to the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment in Holsworthy, New South Wales. Whilst posted to these units, Sergeant Wagenfeller served as a rifleman, machine gunner, section second in command, section commander, mortarman and storeman. During his tenure at the 3rd Battalion, he deployed to East Timor in 1999 on Operation WARDEN as part of INTERFET, and on Operation’s TANAGER and CITADEL to East Timor in 2002.Sergeant Wagenfeller was posted as a Defence Recruiter in Sydney between 2002 and 2004. It was during this period that the Special Forces Direct Entry Scheme was raised. Grabbing this opportunity he cased managed the applicants that enquired about this
scheme and immediately began training for Special Forces Selection.
Sergeant Wagenfeller successfully completed the Special Forces Entry Test in June 2004 and was posted to the then 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (Commando). Immediately after the Special Forces Entry Test he successfully completed the Commando Training Course and reinforcement training and was qualified as a Commando in November 2004.
On completion of Commando Reinforcement Training he was posted to Operational Support Company as a Mortarman. Sergeant Wagenfeller deployed to Afghanistan as part of the Special Operations Task Group, on Operation Slipper, on five occasions between 2006 and 2011. He was awarded a Commendation for Distinguished Service for his actions, as part of the Special Operations Task Group, in 2007.
During Sergeant Wagenfeller’s service within the 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment and the 2nd Commando Regiment, he has performed the duties as a team commander, section commander, operations sergeant and platoon sergeant. He held all of these appointments on operations in Afghanistan.
Sergeant Wagenfeller was posted to the Special Forces Training Centre as an instructor in 2012. His primary role is as the course manager of the SOCOMD leadership courses. These courses include the ADF Suite of Range Appointment Courses, the Supervisor Infantry Operations Section Course as well as the Special Forces Accelerated Infantry Training Course designed to prepare Special Forces Direct Entry for Commando Selection and Training Course.
During his time in the Army, Sergeant Wagenfeller has deployed to Malaysia as part of Rifle Company Butterworth and conducted Exercise Temple Jade in Thailand both with the 3rdBattalion, Royal Australian Regiment.
SGT Wagenfeller has also attended a number of programs in both Canada working with Soldier On, and has attended the project the in U.S. in December 2014, and also as a shepherd in Kansas City in August 2015.
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