We remember Trooper Jason Brown, SASR
Today we pause to remember the life and service of 8255847 Trooper Jason Thomas Brown, SASR, who was killed in a bloody gunfight with insurgents on the 13th of August 2010, whilst patrolling in northern Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Jason enlisted in the army straight out of high school in 2000 at the age of 19. Initially posted to 1RAR, in 2004 he joined 4RAR (Commando). Continuing to strive for excellence, Jason applied, and was accepted into SASR in 2007 after completing the gruelling selection course.
During his time in the army, Jason completed three tours of East Timor between 2001 and 2006. In June 2010, he deployed on his first tour of Afghanistan as part of Operation Slipper.
On the 13th of August, his section was ambushed by a machinegun whilst passing a particularly dense thicket of vegetation along a river bank. During the opening engagement, Jason was struck multiple times by numerous rounds in the first seconds of the battle.
Despite his teammate’s best efforts to provide trauma aid and resuscitation, and subsequent aeromedical evacuation to Kandahar, he was pronounced dead on arrival. He was only 29.
Trooper Jason Thomas Brown was fondly remembered as your typical Australian bloke. He loved a cold Coopers Pale Ale, he loved a good prank and he loved his family.
Lest we forget.