Brenton Jack (Brent) ESPELAND AM

ESPELAND, Brenton Jack

Service Numbers: Not yet discovered
Enlisted: 1 January 1966, Point Cook, Victoria
Last Rank: Air Vice Marshal
Last Unit: Not yet discovered
Born: Hindmarsh, South Australia, 21 January 1948
Home Town: Croydon Park, Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Woodville High School
Occupation: RAAF Officer
Died: Natural causes (brain tumour), Adelaide, South Australia, 29 September 2017, aged 69 years
Cemetery: Privately Cremated
Brent's ashes were put into the sea off Semaphore
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Vietnam War Service

1 Jan 1966: Enlisted Point Cook, Victoria

Non Warlike Service

1 Jan 1999: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal

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Biography contributed by Judy Eapeland

Brent's ashes were put into the sea off Semaphore. A memorial park bench is to be erected in his honour.

Brent retired as an Air Vice Marshal. He was Chair of the Veterans Advisory Council SA, State President of RUSI-SA, National President of RAAF Association and a member of the Board of Governors for the Road Home: The Repat Foundation at the time of his passing, following brain tumour surgery.

"ESPELAND, Brenton Jack, AM 1989; b. 21 Jan. 1948 Adelaide, SA; educ. Woodville High Sch., SA; entered RAAF Academy Pt.Cook 1966, grad. 1969; flew Hercules with 36 Sqn 1971-76 (incl. Vietnam 1975); CFI CFS (led Roulettes aerobatic team) 1977-81; attended Canadian Forces Comd & Staff Coll. 1981-82; Mil. Sec. and Comptroller to Gov-Gen. 1983-86; CO CFS, E. Sale, 1986-88; attended USAF Air War Coll., Alabama, 1989; Dir. Air Power Stud. Centre 1990-91; CO RAAF Base Fairbairn and Comdt RAAF Staff Coll. 1991-94 (Jt. Force Comdr, Ex 92); Dir. of Studies, Aust. Coll. of Def. & Strat. Studies, Canb, 1994-95; AOC Trg Comd 1995-98; DCAF 1998-99; spec. adviser to Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Coord. Task Force 1999-2001 (retd.); Gen. Mgr. of Sport Performance and Development, Aust. Sports Comm. (Acting CEO 2008-09)"