From: Defence Media Centre
Sent: Tue 7/06/2011 3:58 PM

Media Release: Special Operations Combat Engineer killed in Afghanistan

A Combat Engineer serving with the Special Operations Task Group has been shot and killed on Monday 6 June 2011 (Afghanistan time) during a period of sustained combat with insurgents.

Sapper Rowan Robinson was participating in a partnered Afghan National Police and Special Operations Task Group mission to interdict insurgent supplies and routes in Northern Helmand.

The incident occurred after the partnered patrol uncovered one of the largest insurgent caches found by Australian Special Forces this year.

The patrol had moved from the area where the cache was found to another location of interest when the patrol came under fire and the soldier was shot.

“The courageous young man was on his second tour in Afghanistan, having previously deployed with Reconstruction Task Force-3 in 2007,” Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston said.

“I understand he was a superb young man whose easy-going nature made him very popular within his unit. He was also a great team player—dedicated and professional, whose range of skills and qualifications were more than you could rightly expect of someone so young.”

Twenty-three year old Sapper Robinson was from the Sydney based Incident Response Regiment (IRR).

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