Lieutenant Case and Lance Corporal Jones return home to their families
6 June 2011
Lieutenant Marcus Case and Lance Corporal Andrew Jones were returned to Australia today, met by their families and colleagues in a solemn and dignified ceremony at Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne, Victoria.
Soldiers from the 6th Aviation Regiment and 9th Force Support Battalion formed an honour guard and bearer party to receive and carry Lieutenant Marcus Case and Lance Corporal Andrew Jones from the Royal Australian Air Force C-17 Globemaster aircraft.
The Chief of Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston; the Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie; Commander 16th Aviation Brigade, Brigadier Greg Lawler; Commander 17th Combat Service Support Brigade, Brigadier David Mulhall, Commanding Officer 6th Aviation Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel S; and Commanding Officer 9th Force Support Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Herbert attended the Ramp Ceremony.
The Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie spoke highly of both men and the sense of service they shared. “To be able to join a military service, go away on operations in a place as dangerous as Afghanistan, and be prepared to sacrifice their all, I think that makes them wonderful young Australians,” said General Gillespie.
Commander 16th Aviation Brigade, Brigadier Greg Lawler spoke of highly of Lieutenant Case’s service, “Lieutenant Case paid the ultimate price in 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,” said Brigadier Lawler.
“Members of Corporal Jones’ unit, 9FSB have travelled from Amberley to be here, in particular his closest workmates, 9FSB Catering Platoon. They are honoured to be part of the ceremony to receive their workmate, colleague and friend,” said Commanding Officer 9th Force Support Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Herbert.
Lieutenant Case and Lance Corporal Jones were presented with the Australian Active Service Medal with ICAT Clasp, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NATO ISAF Medal and the Army Combat Badge as part of the ceremony today.
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