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Skills in Reserve
February 17, 2011
AB Melanie Schinkel
FLAGS were flown at half mast on
February 10 when CPL Richard At-
kinson was returned to Australia from
Afghanistan by a 36SQN C-17A.
The Army combat engineer was
killed in action in the Deh Rawud
region of Afghanistan on February 2
by an improvised explosive device.
Air Force aircrews were on hand
to assist with returning CPL Atkinson
home to his family.
During an official ramp ceremony
at Multinational Base Tarin Kot on
February 5, CPL Atkinson's life and
dedicated Army service was celebrat-
ed by his 1st Combat Engineering
Regt (1CER) and Mentoring Task
Force (MTF) 2 mates.
The OC of MTF 2's Combat
Team Charlie, MAJ David French,
described CPL Atkinson as a "funny
bloke and excellent engineer".
In a final act of mateship, SPR
Robert Rose, who was recovering
from wounds sustained during the
same blast, carried CPL Atkinson's
medals as his casket was escorted
through a kilometre-long honour
guard to a waiting 37SQN C-130.
CPL Atkinson's body was then
placed in the care of the aircrew for
the short journey to Al Minhad Air
Base in the United Arab Emirates.
CPL Atkinson's journey back
home ended on February 10 with his
body returning to Australian soil at
RAAF Base Darwin.
In a moving ramp ceremony, his
mates from 1CER formed a bearer
party and honour guard to carry and
receive his casket as a final mark of
respect from his military family.
CPL Atkinson's fiancée,
Dannielle, his parents, Ross and Kate
and his brother James were joined
at the ceremony by CDF ACM
Angus Houston and CA LTGEN Ken
Gillespie, Commander 1st Brigade
BRIG Gus McLachlan and CO 1CER
LTCOL Matt Pearse.
CPL Atkinson is the first soldier
to be killed in action this year and the
22nd to die in Afghanistan while serv-
ing on Operation Slipper.
DARWIN SALUTE: The 1CER Honour Guard and dignitaries line the tarmac
as CPL Richard Atkinson's casket is brought from the ramp of the C-17A at
RAAF Base Darwin.
Photo: SGT William Guthrie
HIGHLY REGARDED: CPL Richard Atkinson, "a funny
bloke and an excellent engineer".
TRIBUTE: SGT Paul Barak (front right), from
RAAF Base Williamtown, joined Army colleagues
as a pallbearer at the ramp ceremony at Al
Minhad Air Base.
Photo: CPL Zenith King
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