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Wounded MTF 1 soldiers on the mend
MENTORING Task Force 1 dig-
gers wounded in two separate inci-
dents in Afghanistan are recover-
ing well and are expected to return
Four soldiers were wounded in a
month of heavy fighting with Taliban
insurgents and within two days of
each other in Uruzgan province.
Two soldiers received minor
wounds on August 20 in the same
incident where Ptes Tomas Dale and
Grant Kirby were killed by an IED.
Two further soldiers were seri-
ously wounded on the afternoon of
August 21 when their Bushmaster
was struck by an IED.
Acting CDF Lt-Gen David
Hurley said the soldiers wounded
on August 20 were inside their
Bushmaster when the explosion that
killed Ptes Dale and Kirby occurred.
"The wounded soldiers received
immediate care and were aeromedi-
cally evacuated to the ISAF hospital
in Tarin Kowt," he said.
At the time of the incident the sol-
diers were conducting a joint counter-
IED patrol with Afghan soldiers.
They were moving to an observa-
tion position in a Bushmaster in sup-
port of the operation in the Baluchi
Lt-Gen Hurley said the soldiers
would return to operational duty.
The August 21 incident occurred,
again in the Baluchi Valley, when a
Bushmaster-mounted MTF 1 patrol
was struck by an insurgent IED.
Two soldiers were seriously
wounded and their Bushmaster dam-
aged in the blast.
CO MTF 1 Lt-Col Mark Jennings
said the soldiers were treated by
their mates at the scene before being
evacuated to Tarin Kowt ISAF hos-
"The team had the site secured,
first aid applied and casualty evacu-
ation under way in a matter of min-
utes," he said.
"The process worked extremely
well with both soldiers receiving
quality medical attention at Tarin
Kowt less than 50 minutes after the
No other Australian or Afghan
soldiers were wounded in this inci-
Both soldiers are returning to
Australia to receive further treatment
for their wounds.
By AB Melanie Schinkel
A PROUD, loyal, morale-boosting
larrikin who was gifted at rugby,
loved pale ale and lived his dream
of becoming an elite soldier, was
how Tpr Jason Thomas Brown was
remembered at a poignant service
held in north Sydney late last month.
More than 500 family, friends, col-
leagues, fellow soldiers and communi-
ty members gathered to commemorate
the life of Tpr Brown, 29, at a req-
uiem mass held at the Queen of Peace
Catholic Church in Normanhurst on
In an address at the service, CO
SASR Lt-Col B said Tpr Brown, affec-
tionately known as 'Browny', wasn't a
glory seeker, but a hardened and quiet
professional who lived by the warrior
"We lost a warrior who died doing
something he truly loved and believed
in as a proud Australian," he said.
"You are respected mate -- and you
will forever be remembered by your
SASR warrior brothers."
An honour guard comprised per-
sonnel from Sydney-based special
forces, NSW Police and representa-
tives of the RSL.
Father Paul Fitzpatrick, Tpr
Brown's uncle, travelled from Ireland
to conduct the service.
Tpr Brown's father and Vietnam
veteran, Graham, said, "He will never
grow old -- he was born to be a soldier
and he died serving the country he
loved so well.
"He will always be remembered by
the regiment. Rest in peace my son --
your duty is done."
Following the church service, Tpr
Brown was buried at a private ceremony
at Castlebrook Cemetery, Rouse Hill.
A third-generation digger, Tpr
Brown, from the Perth-based SASR,
Loyal larrikin farewelled
was killed in action during his first
tour of Afghanistan as a result of mul-
tiple gunshot wounds sustained during
an engagement with Taliban insurgents
on August 13.
At the time of the incident, he was
conducting disruption operations with
the Special Operations Task Group and
partnered Afghan security forces in
Graham said his son practised drill
in the backyard as a child and joined the
Army as soon as he finished high school.
"Jason was a career soldier who
dreamed from a young age of being
nothing else," Mr Brown said. "We
will miss him dearly, as will his Army
mates, who were his second family."
Born in Sydney in 1981, Tpr
Brown joined the Army in 2000 and
was posted to 1RAR. Four years later,
he became a 4RAR commando and in
2007 was accepted into SASR.
Between 2001 and 2006, Tpr
Brown completed three tours of East
On August 16, he left his SASR
comrades in the Afghan dust for the
final time after a memorial service
and ramp ceremony was held at the
Multinational Base, Tarin Kowt. More
than 1000 Australian International
Security Assistance Force (ISAF)
and Afghan service personnel lined
the road to the airstrip as Tpr Brown's
flag-draped casket was placed in a
Commander Joint Task Force 633
Maj-Gen John Cantwell said Tpr
Brown was remembered by his mates
from SASR and 2 Cdo Regt as a pro-
fessional soldier who strived to excel
in everything he did.
"It was a warrior's send-off by
our nation's finest warriors -- some-
thing I'm sure Jason would have been
extremely humbled by, but something
he truly earned with his dedicated and
selfless service," Maj-Gen Cantwell
said.Two days later, grey skies reflected
the sombre mood at the repatriation of
Tpr Brown held at RAAF Base Pearce,
Western Australia, on August 18.
Tpr Brown was the seventh
Australian soldier killed in action
this year and the 18th of 21 killed in
Afghanistan since operations began in
Final journey: Tpr Jason Brown is carried from the
church after his funeral by his warrior brothers from the
SASR (above) as Graham Brown, surrounded by family,
friends and dignitaries, mourns his son's loss (left).
Photos by PO Damian Pawlenko
Painful goodbye: Two wounded soldiers farewell their mates before the
memorial service for Ptes Tomas Dale and Grant Kirby.
Photo by LS Paul Berry
The following is an extract from a let-
ter to Tpr Jason Brown's family written
by Dave, Adam, Rich, Mick and Andy
-- members of Tpr Brown's patrol in
The SASR has an ethos -- a list of seven
qualities it looks for in candidates. Jason
excelled in all of these.
He could always be relied upon. His
unassuming nature had a huge effect
upon the morale of those around him.
He was a man who held the moral high
ground and his good natured personality
was an inspiration to everyone.
From a patrol perspective, you could not
wish for a better member. He was the type
of bloke that would never let you down.
Graham, Ann and Stephanie -- please
know that Jason died doing what he
loved and that 24 hours before he died,
we were discussing what we would do
after getting out of the Army.
It was decided that Jason would not get
out as he was the most enthusiastic sol-
dier that any of us had ever met. Jason
was quite happy with this assumption.
We will endeavour to do Jason proud,
follow in his footsteps and fight in the
manner he showed us -- with commit-
ment, determination and courage.
WORDS FROM MATES
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