Personal details of Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan - Sapper Rowan Jaie Robinson
7 June 2011
It is with deep regret the Australian Defence Force announces the death of Sapper Rowan Jaie Robinson during operations in Afghanistan.
Sapper Robinson was serving with the Special Operations Task Group when he was tragically killed in action on Monday 6 June 2011 (Afghanistan time).
Twenty-three year old Sapper Robinson was from the Sydney based Incident Response Regiment (IRR).
Sapper Robinson leaves behind his loving mother, father, sister and two brothers who are currently receiving support from Defence.
Sapper Robinson was born in Wahroonga, NSW in 1987. He joined the Army in 2006 and after his initial recruit training joined the 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment. After four years of service he was posted to the Incident Response Regiment at the start of 2010 where he completed his reinforcement cycle.
This was Sapper Robinson’s second deployment to Afghanistan, having deployed on Operation Slipper in 2007.
His colleagues described him as a superb young man who was fit, happy go lucky and a great team member. Sapper Robinson was a dedicated and professional soldier whose skill belied his youth. Those who had the pleasure of meeting him instantly warmed to him and his easy going nature made him popular with his peers and chain of command alike.
Sapper Robinson was awarded, the Australian Active Service Medal with clasp: International Coalition Against Terrorism (ICAT), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Australian Defence Medal and the NATO ISAF Medal. He has also been awarded the Army Combat Badge and the Return from Active Service Badge.
During Sapper Robinson’s service in the Australian Army, he deployed on the following Operations;
a. OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) – Sep 2007 – Apr 2008.
b. OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) – Mar 2011 – Jun 2011.
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