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away on arrival at Tarin Kowt hospital.
Corporal Hopkins was 21-years-old, and was
married with a young son. His immediate family is
receiving support from Defence representatives.
Corporal Hopkins also deployed to Afghanistan
on Operation Slipper within 1st Reconstruction
Task Force from November 2006 to April 2007. His
military decorations include the Australian Active
Service Medal with International Coalition Against
Terrorism (ICAT) clasp, Afghanistan Campaign
Medal, NATO International Security Assistance
Force (ISAF) Medal and Infantry Combat Badge.
“Mathew was a fine, professional and
courageous soldier. He died while serving his
nation and his sacrifice should never be forgotten.
This loss is felt heavily by the wider Defence
Community. He will be sadly missed and fondly
remembered by his mates and colleagues,” Chief of
Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston said.
His mates in the 7th Battalion described him
as a very professional soldier, but always a bit of a
larrikin having a joke when the chips were down.
Corporal Hopkins was always keen to get the
job done which gave his subordinates something
to emulate. He was a good leader and a good
mate who would go out of his way to provide any
assistance within his capacity. He was also a
keen sportsman and a passionate supporter of the
Broncos and the Maroons.
Corporal Hopkins’ wife Victoria said Mat was
her best friend and he was very excited to become
“He only got to spend four days with our
son when he was born before he had to go back
overseas. I’m so glad that Mat got to meet his son
and experience fatherhood,” Victoria said.
Vale: sergeant Brett Till
Mates of Australian soldier, Sergeant
Brett Till, have bid farewell to a friend
and colleague during a solemn ramp
ceremony in Tarin Kowt, southern
Afghanistan on Saturday, 21 March 2009.
Sergeant Till, from the Sydney based Incident
Response Regiment, was serving with the Special
Operations Task Group (SOTG) when he was killed-
in-action attempting to render safe an Improvised
Explosive Device discovered during a patrol.
Led by Engineers from the Mentoring
and Reconstruction Task Group (MRTF) and
Red flag alert for Raaf
Royal Australian Air Force aircraft and
personnel have recently completed the US-led
Red Flag exercise series at Nellis Air Force
Base, Nevada. Red Flag provides the highest
level of air combat training, in the most realistic
simulated war scenario available.
Number 6 Squadron from RAAF Amberley
led the push, with six F-111 jet aircraft
conducting high-level coalition training at the
purpose-designed Red Flag facilities.
A pair of C-130H Hercules, from No 37
Squadron at RAAF Base Richmond, transported
equipment and personnel to the United States
while also participating in the exercise.
The activity is a multi-national exercise
including US, UK, Canada and Australia.
award winners share
Six Defence and industry partnerships
delivering quality capability for the Australian
Defence Force have been acknowledged at the
annual Australian Defence Magazine Awards
dinner in Canberra.
The 2008 Sustainment Team of the Year
award, which recognises excellence in the
level of collaboration between industry and
DMO personnel in providing maintenance and
through-life support services, was awarded to
BAE Systems Australia’s C4 Program and the
DMO’s Ground Telecommunication Equipment
System Program Office.
This partnership also won one of two
perpetual trophies named in honour of the
renowned Australian industrialist, Essington
The other Essington Lewis trophy – for
excellence in collaboration between DMO and a
small to medium enterprise – was presented to
representatives from Aerospace & Mechanical
Consulting Engineers (AMCE) and the DMO’s
Precision Air Drop System team from Air Lift
Systems Program Office (ALSPO).
This AMCE and ALSPO team also won the
certificate in the Rapid Acquisition category.
A second AMCE and ALSPO team – which
developed an enhanced ballistic protection
system for the C-130J aircraft to provide
aircrews with improved protection without
reducing the aircraft’s load carrying capacity –
took out the 2008 Team of the Year certificate in
the Minor Acquisition Category.
aBOVe LefT: corporal Mathew Hopkins on patrol with the Mentoring and Reconstruction Task
force 1 in Tarin Kowt, afghanistan. aBOVe RIgHT: sergeant Brett Till with wife Bree.
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