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HUNDREDS of family members, friends
and colleagues came together to farewell
Spr Jordan Penpraze in a military funeral
at the Mornington Racing Club in Victoria
on October 23.
CO SME Lt-Col Allan Hollink said the
Army had said goodbye to one of its new-
"When Jordan enlisted into the Army,
he not only commenced a new career,
but he became part of the Army family,"
Lt-Col Hollink said.
"This is a close family with strong
bonds, and while Jordan will remain in
our hearts and prayers, his parents and
partner will remain part of our family and
you will always be welcome with us, at
the home of the sapper."
The ceremony included an audio-
visual tribute from Spr Penpraze's family
Speaking on behalf of the Penpraze
family, Chap Michael Pocklington said all
were proud of Spr Penpraze.
"All Jordan wanted to be was a sap-
per," he said. "He knew the dangers of the
job and he overcame many obstacles to
attain that dream.
"Jordan's motto was 'do what you
want to do and be what you want to be'.
He lived by this motto and we would
like his Army mates to continue in their
careers, to stay safe, to be what you want
Spr Penpraze died from injuries suf-
fered in a vehicle accident during a
training activity at the Holsworthy Field
Training Area on October 8.
Saying goodbye: Coffin bearers
from SME carry their classmate, Spr
Jordan Penpraze (pictured top), from
the funeral service.Photo by LS Paul McCallum
"SCOTT'S sense of obligation, his
sense of loyalty and his sense of
purpose made him the epitome of
the calling of combat engineer."
CO SOTG Lt-Col I paid trib-
ute to 24-year-old Cpl Scott James
Smith during a moving memori-
al service and ramp ceremony at
Multinational Base Tarin Kot in
Afghanistan on October 26.
"The type of physical and moral
courage required of our special
forces combat engineers is what
we all hope for ourselves, but in
the case of this man he displayed it
every time he deployed on missions
and tasks," Lt-Col I said.
Cpl Smith, from the Special
Operations Engineer Regiment
(SOER) based at Holsworthy
Barracks in Sydney, was killed by
an IED on October 21 during a mis-
sion in northern Helmand province.
The Chief of Joint Operations,
Lt-Gen Ash Power, said Cpl Smith
was part of a small team tasked with
clearing a suspected insurgent com-
pound when the incident occurred.
"The compound was quickly
assessed to be an IED factory and
the commander on the ground made
the decision to extract his personnel
due to the high risk the area posed,"
Lt-Gen Power said.
"During the withdrawal from the
compound an improvised explosive
device detonated, killing Cpl Smith
Lt-Gen Power said the buildings
within the compound were sub-
sequently destroyed by precision
ground fire from supporting ISAF
"Cpl Smith was a highly trained,
experienced Special Forces engi-
neer -- his work had made the way
safe for his comrades."
Cpl Smith was born in the
Barossa Valley South Australia in
He joined the Army in February
2006 and, after initial employment
training, was posted to 1CER in
In 2008, Cpl Smith was post-
ed to the then-Incident Response
Regiment as a search operator.
He was regarded as an excep-
tional soldier who possessed all the
qualities and charisma of a great
He was described by his unit
as a genuine, honest and dedicated
member who was "probably one
of the best junior NCOs" the unit
Cpl Smith returned home to
his family and comrades in a sol-
emn ceremony at RAAF Base
Richmond on October 28.
Members of his unit met the
RAAF C-17 aircraft and formed an
honour guard and bearer party to
escort his casket to his family.
Cpl Smith was received by his
family, members of SOER, CDF
Gen David Hurley, CA Lt-Gen
David Morrison and Special
Operations Commander Australia
Maj-Gen Gus Gilmore.
His family released a statement
after his death describing him as
"the loveable character that held the
"We knew the Army was Scott's
second family -- his home away
"Scott truly believed his actions
made a difference; he was a truly
'The epitome of a
Fallen special operations engineer returns to Australia
dedicated soldier who also knew
how to relax in his time away from
"Scott had a larrikin charm that
endeared him to all those around
him and these qualities ensure he
will always be held in the hearts of
those who knew him."
Cpl Smith is survived by his
partner Liv, his parents Katrina
Paterson and Murray Smith, and
One of the best: Members of SOTG farewell Cpl Scott Smith during a ramp ceremony at Multinational
Base Tarin Kot.
Photo by Sgt William Guthrie
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