Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan

A Spe­cial Forces sol­dier serv­ing with the Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Task Group in Afghanistan was killed in action dur­ing an engage­ment with insur­gents ear­ly this morn­ing [AEST].

29 year old, Troop­er Jason Thomas Brown from the Perth-based Spe­cial Air Ser­vice Reg­i­ment died as a result of gun­shot wounds sus­tained in the engage­ment. Troop­er Brown’s fam­i­ly was noti­fied in the ear­ly hours of this morn­ing and they have agreed to the release of his name.

Troop­er Brown’s fam­i­ly have request­ed that the media respect their pri­va­cy at this extreme­ly dif­fi­cult time.

Troop­er Brown was part of a com­bined Aus­tralian and Afghan patrol con­duct­ing oper­a­tions in North­ern Kan­da­har at the time of the inci­dent.

Act­ing Chief of the Defence Force, Lieu­tenant Gen­er­al David Hur­ley, said despite the best efforts of his mates and a rapid aero-med­ical evac­u­a­tion, Troop­er Brown was pro­nounced dead on arrival at the Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Kan­da­har Med­ical Facil­i­ty.

“We are all deeply sad­dened by the loss of this fine young Aus­tralian,” Lieu­tenant Gen­er­al Hur­ley said.

“I offer my sym­pa­thies to Jason’s fam­i­ly and the Aus­tralian Defence Force remains com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing full sup­port dur­ing the dif­fi­cult days and weeks ahead.”

“This ter­ri­ble inci­dent is a sad reminder of the dan­gers faced by our sol­diers in Afghanistan on a dai­ly basis and the risks they take on behalf of this coun­try to make Afghanistan a bet­ter place.”

Troop­er Brown will return to Aus­tralia in the com­ing days. He is the 18th Aus­tralian sol­dier to be killed in Afghanistan.

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Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Aus­tralia

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