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June 23, 2011
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AS THE first air component death on
operations, the loss of LT Marcus Case
has had a direct impact on Air Force.
The 6th Aviation Regiment soldier
died on May 30 when the Chinook
in which he was travelling crashed in
At his ramp ceremony at Tarin
Kot, the CO of the Heron Remotely
Piloted Aircraft (RPA) detachment,
WGCDR Jonathan McMullan, said LT
Case brought significant experience to
Heron operations in Afghanistan.
Two Kiowa pilots from 6th
Aviation Regiment are on each detach-
ment. One is the air vehicle operator
and the other the payload operator,
essentially one crew out of the five
WGCDR McMullan said LT Case
was a payload operator who had con-
ducted six months of theory, simula-
tor and flying training with Air Force
aircrew on the Heron RPA before
"Marcus was integral to our
small Heron detachment," WGCDR
"He was not only an Army pilot,
he was also a former commando and,
as such, he brought considerable mili-
IT WAS a solemn task with double the
sadness when a 36SQN crew brought
home the caskets of LT Marcus Case
and LCPL Andrew Jones aboard a
Globemaster on June 6.
The aircraft was met at
Tullamarine Airport in Melbourne by
families and colleagues of the soldiers
and an honour guard and bearer party
from their units.
Both soldiers died on May 30.
LT Case, of the 6th Aviation
Regiment, died in an Australian
Chinook crash in Afghanistan, and
LCPL Jones, of the 9th Force Support
Battalion, was killed by a soldier of
the Afghan National Army.
Their return to Australia occurred
on the same day the 27th Australian
soldier was killed in Afghanistan.
That soldier, SPR Rowan
Robinson, was shot in a firefight with
insurgents and died despite receiving
intensive first-aid at the site and sub-
sequent surgery in Tarin Kot.
SPR Robinson was part of the
Incident Response Regiment (IRR).
On June 9, he was farewelled at
a ramp ceremony at Tarin Kot and
flown by 37SQN Hercules to Al
Minhad Air Base in the United Arab
From there, a 36SQN C-17A flew
him back to Australia and he arrived
at RAAF Base Amberley on June 13.
In front of CDF ACM Angus
Houston, Chief of Army LTGEN
Ken Gillespie, Special Operations
Commander Australia MAJGEN Gus
Gilmore and the CO of the IRR, sol-
diers formed an honour guard and
bearer party to escort SPR Robinson's
casket to his family.
LCPL Jones's funeral was held
at Preston, Victoria, on June 11 and
SPR Robinson's funeral was held at
Kingscliff, NSW, on June 17.
will miss a mate
RAMP CEREMONY: The caskets of LT Marcus Case and LCPL Andrew Jones arrive home in Melbourne.
Photo: CPL Hamish Paterson
tary acumen to the detachment as we
work directly for the Australian and
coalition forces on the battlefield. To
have someone in my command who
has been that person on the ground was
"The Heron team miss Marcus and
his rogue smile that brought so much
life to our detachment. We will remem-
ber him as a professional officer, tal-
ented pilot, gifted sportsman, major
larrikin and, above all, a great mate to
those of us fortunate enough to be con-
sidered his friends. We have memories
that will last a lifetime.
"His loss from our team and the
aviation community will be sorely felt.
Our thoughts are with his family and
Speaking at his ramp ceremony in
Melbourne on June 6, the commander
16th Aviation Brigade, BRIG Greg
Lawler, said LT Case paid the ultimate
price in the service of his country.
"Today we bring him home to his
family so he can be laid to rest. This is
a great tragedy and Australia has lost
another hero," he said.
LT Case's funeral was held on June
10 in North Balwyn, Victoria. About
1000 people attended.
Speaking at the service, his broth-
er Chris Case said Marcus wanted to
make a difference and was a man who
would take every opportunity in life.
"He knew his greatest weapon and
shield was his mind," he said.
"We are thankful he was born into
The ADF investigation into the
HIGHLY REGARDED: LT Marcus Case in the air.
GOODBYE: SPR Rowan
Robinson's casket is carried out
of the ceremony at RAAF Base
Amberley. Photo: CPL Janine Fabre
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