Australian Soldier Wounded In Afghanistan 1

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Issued by Ministerial Support and Public Affairs, Department of Defence, Canberra, ACT

Phone: 02 6127 1999, Fax: 02 6265 1545

MSPA 484/10

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Australian soldier wounded in Afghanistan

An Australian soldier is in a satisfactory condition after sustaining a single, serious

gunshot wound to the leg.  The soldier was a member of an Afghan and Australian

partnered patrol which was engaged by insurgents with a rocket propelled grenade

and small arms fire on the 13th of October, in the Baluchi Valley region of Uruzgan


The soldier, from the newly arrived Mentoring Task Force – Two, applied immediate

Self Aid before receiving further First Aid from his patrol mates.

He was then evacuated to the Role Two medical facility at Multi National Base –

Tarin Kot for further treatment.

No other soldiers were wounded and the soldier’s next of kin has been notified.

Commanding Officer of the Mentoring Task Force – One, LTCOL Mark Jennings,

said he was very pleased with the responsiveness and medical attention provided to

the wounded soldier.

“The site was secured, first aid applied and an aero medical evacuation called for

within a matter of minutes,” LTCOL Jennings said.

LTCOL Jennings said the soldier was able to instinctively apply his training when the

wounding occurred.

“In this incident, it was particularly pleasing to see the wounded soldier’s training

kick in straight away, applying self aid in an attempt to support his mates in the

ongoing fight,” LTCOL Jennings said.

It is likely that the wounded soldier will be returned to Australia for a period of rest

and rehabilitation in the coming days.

Yesterday’s casualty brings the number of Australians wounded this year to 52. To

date, 152 personnel have been wounded since Operation SLIPPER commenced in


For more information on the ADF’s operation in Afghanistan go to

Media contact: Defence Media Liaison: 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664


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