Personal details of Australian Soldier killed in Afghanistan Lieutenant Marcus Sean Case
31 May 2011
It is with deep regret the Australian Defence Force announces the death of Lieutenant Marcus Sean Case during operations in Afghanistan on 30 May 2011.
Lieutenant Case was deployed to Afghanistan as a Heron Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operator. This was his first deployment to Afghanistan.
Twenty-seven year old Lieutenant Case was from Sydney-based 6th Aviation Regiment.
Lieutenant Case leaves behind his parents and five siblings. He was the youngest of six children. His family is receiving support from Defence.
Lieutenant Case was born in Melbourne, Victoria in 1984. He enlisted in the Active Army Reserves on 25 June 2002 and was posted to 5th/6thRoyal Victorian Regiment.
In 2003, he commenced the Commando selection and training process with the 1st Commando Regiment (1Cdo Regt). He was posted to 1Cdo Regt, which included an operational tour to East Timor in 2007.
On 19 March 2008, Lieutenant Case transferred to the Australian Regular Army, undertaking pilot training at the Army Aviation Training Centre, Oakey. On 10 December 2009, he was posted to the 6th Aviation Regiment, Sydney.
Lieutenant Case’s first deployment was in July 2005, when he deployed as an infantryman to Malaysia with Rifle Company Butterworth. In January 2011, he was part of the Aviation Battle Group deployed to Queensland to provide assistance as part of the Australian Defence Force flood relief Operation.
Lieutenant Case was keen and motivated, and was excelling as a pilot. Lieutenant Case lived life to the fullest, taking every opportunity that was given to him and making the most of it. He was always the go-to-man who was able to get the job done.
Lieutenant Case has been awarded the Australian Service Medal with Clasp Timor-Leste and the Australian Defence Medal. Lieutenant Case will be presented with the Australian Active Service Medal with ICAT Clasp, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the NATO ISAF Medal.
During Lieutenant Case’s service in the Australian Army, he deployed on the following Operations:
OPERATION ASTUTE (East Timor) (Jun 2007 – Sep 2007)
OPERATION Queensland FLOOD ASSIST (Queensland) – Jan 2011
OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) - May 2011
Imagery of Lieutenant Case is not yet available. Imagery will be posted to the Defence website when it becomes available.
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