From: Defence Media Centre
Sent: Tue 31/05/2011 PM

Media Release: Two Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan

It is with deep regret the Australian Defence Force announces the deaths of two soldiers in two separate incidents during operations in Afghanistan on 30 May 2011.

In the first incident, which occurred yesterday afternoon Australian time, a member of the Mentoring Task Force was shot by an Afghan National Army soldier.

Twenty five year old Lance Corporal Andrew Gordon Jones was from the 9th Force Support Battalion in Amberley. Lance Corporal Jones was serving with the Force Support Unit. This was his first deployment to Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal Jones leaves behind his loving parents, two younger siblings and girlfriend, who are receiving support from Defence.

In the second incident, which occurred a few hours after the shooting, Lieutenant Marcus Sean Case was killed when an Australian Chinook Helicopter crashed while undertaking a re-supply mission in Zabul Province.

Twenty-seven year old Lieutenant Case was deployed to Afghanistan as a Heron Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operator. This was his first deployment to Afghanistan.

Lieutenant Case leaves behind his parents and five older siblings. His family is receiving support from Defence.

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