VALE - TROOPER JOSHUA PORTER - Monday 4 December 2006


Trooper Joshua Porter, 28, was posted to Perth to the Special Air Service Regiment in May 2005.

He died on service overseas near FIJI on 29th November 2006.

The Minister for Defence, Dr Brendan Nelson, said Trooper Porter served his country and the Australian Army with great pride and distinction.

“All Australians should feel very proud of his courage and compassion. He was a committed soldier and our sympathies go to all of Trooper Porter’s family, in particular his wife,” he said.

"Trooper Porter will be remembered as a resourceful and courageous Special Forces soldier who had a promising future in what is an extremely challenging profession."

"He will be sadly missed by his brothers-in-arms in the Special Air Service, the Australian Army and the broader Australian Defence Force,"

Trooper Porter was born in Sydney New South Wales, the second of five children, and enlisted in the Australian Army in June 2000.

On completion of Recruit Training, he served for several years as a Rifleman in The First Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR) in Townsville. He completed his service as a qualified sniper in reconnaissance platoon.

He successfully completed the Special Air Service Regiment's Selection Course in October 2004 and was posted to Perth as a Trooper in May 2005.

Trooper Porter served on operations in East Timor on Operation Tanager in 2001 and Operation Citadel in 2003, whilst serving with 1 RAR. He also served in the Solomon Islands on Operation Anode in 2004/05 again with 1 RAR, and more recently in Afghanistan with Operation Slipper as part of the Special Operations Task Group in 2006.

He was awarded the Australian Active Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the, Australian Service Medal, United Nations Medal for service East Timor, and the Australian Defence Medal.

Trooper Porter is survived by his wife Carinna.


LEST WE FORGET


Trooper Joshua Porter, Australian soldier, who went missing as a result of the Blackhawk helicopter accident on HMAS Kanimbla, shown here with his wife Carinna.