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June 23, 2011
By CPL Zenith King and
LCPL Mark Doran
LT MARCUS Case, LCPL Andrew
Jones and SPR Rowan Robinson,
three Army personnel recently killed
in Afghanistan, were farewelled by
family, friends, military and politi-
cal representatives at funerals earlier
St Bede's Catholic Church over-
flowed as more than 1000 mourners
farewelled combat aviator LT Case
in a moving ceremony on June 10 in
Friends and family reflected on LT
Case's life, sharing memories of an
outgoing man who took every oppor-
tunity in life.
Commander 16 Aviation Brigade
BRIG Gregory Lawler spoke of LT
Case as a dedicated pilot and the life
of the party.
"Earlier this year Marcus was
training to be an unmanned aerial
vehicle operator in preparation for his
role in Afghanistan," BRIG Lawler
"He had completed a few weeks
of training at RAAF Base Amberley
when 173 Aviation Squadron arrived
to support the Queensland flood relief
"Marcus turned up ready to start
flying. He didn't have his flying
clothes but that didn't stop him. He
squeezed into his mate's flying suit
and said 'I want to go flying'."
BRIG Lawler said LT Case would
be remembered as a fierce friend who
was genuinely fun and made light of
LT Case was killed in action dur-
ing operations in Afghanistan on May
30 where he was deployed as a Heron
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle operator.
In an intimate service at the
Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre
in Melbourne, family and friends of
LCPL Jones gathered to farewell the
soldier on June 11.
LCPL Jones, of 9 Force Support
Battalion, was walking within the
perimeter of Patrol Base Mashel in the
Chora Valley when he was shot by an
ANA soldier in a guard tower on May
30. Commander 17 Combat Service
Support Brigade BRIG David Mulhall
spoke of a soldier who would go out of
his way to help others.
"His support to our combat sol-
diers was at the most basic of levels,
where he sought to sustain the exist-
ence and morale of soldiers endur-
ing incredible personal hardship and
demand," BRIG Mulhall said.
"In so doing, Andrew displayed a
level of selflessness that can only come
from a man of character, a man of gen-
uine moral strength and commitment,
and a man who understood the impor-
tance of his role in support of a team."
Mourners lined the streets and
St Anthony's Catholic Church in
Kingscliff, NSW, was overflowing for
the funeral of SPR Robinson on June
17. SPR Robinson, of the Incident
Response Regiment, was killed on
June 6 during a small-arms engage-
ment with insurgents in southern
His father, Peter, spoke of a proud
family and a son who had performed
far beyond the expectations of a com-
"He gave his life so others could
survive," Mr Robinson said.
"Every now and then someone spe-
cial comes along -- someone with the
'X factor'. Rowan was such a man.
With a devil-may-care attitude, he was
a highly intelligent, self-motivated
man with a steely resolve for himself
and someone I could talk to when
things got tough."
A FIERCE FRIEND: A portrait of LT Marcus
Case and his flying brevet and medals.
Photo: SGT William Guthrie
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MARK OF RESPECT: Soldiers from 9FSB
provide an escort for LCPL Andrew Jones
after the service.
Photo: SGT William Guthrie
SAD FAREWELL: The coffin of SPR Rowan
Robinson is carried into St Anthony's Catholic
Church in Kingscliff, NSW. Photo: CPL Janine Fabre
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