Jason Thomas BROWN

BROWN, Jason Thomas

Service Number: 8255847
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: Special Air Service Regiment (SAS)
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1981
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Oakhill College, Castle Hill, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Soldier
Died: Killed in Action, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, 13 August 2010
Cemetery: The New South Wales Garden of Remembrance, Rookwood, New South Wales
Memorials: "The Rock", SASR Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Geraldton Afghanistan Honour Roll, New South Wales Garden of Remembrance (Rookwood Necropolis), Sale RSL Afghanistan Honour Roll, Two Wells Afghanistan War Memorial, Yungaburra Afghanistan Avenue of Honour
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13 Aug 2010: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Trooper, 8255847, Special Air Service Regiment (SAS)

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"Jason Thomas Brown was born in Sydney, in 1981 as the oldest child of Graham and Ann Brown. 4 Years later, the family was joined by Jason’s younger sister, Stephanie. Growing up in the northern suburbs of Sydney, Jason was a gifted rugby league player and had a dream from a young age to become a member of the crack SAS regiment. Everyone who knew him knew his dream to become a soldier. Jason attended Oakhill College at Castle Hill and straight out of high school in 2000, he joined the army, aged 19. Following his Recruit and Initial Employment Training, Jason was posted to the 1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment in Townsville. His father Graham recalls “he was really stoked because that was my old battalion.”

In 2004, Jason joined the 4th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (Commando). Jason strived to be the best he could be at his job and in 2007, he had his "proudest moment" - being accepted into the elite Perth-based Special Air Service Regiment. Having achieved his dream, Jason pledged to remain “a soldier for life”.

During his time in the army, Trooper Brown did three tours of East Timor between 2001 and 2006. In June 2010, Trooper Brown was deployed on his first tour of Afghanistan as part of Operation Slipper.
On August 13, whilst on Patrol in northern Kandahar, Trooper Jason Brown's life was cut short during a bloody gunfire battle with insurgents. Trooper Brown was an outstanding career soldier who always gave that little bit extra to his job and for his mates. He was highly regarded for his professionalism and commitment and will be sorely missed by all those who served with him. More than 700 people gathered at the Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sydney’s Normanhurst to salute an action-packed life. Ironically, it was the same church where he had been baptised and confirmed growing up in a strict Catholic household.
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. 

But “Browny” stood out from his mates. One of the troops told the crowd about Browny’s drive to succeed as a soldier. “I remember when he had a parachuting accident and broke his leg. Instead of sitting around feeling sorry for himself, he would go down to the local shooting club in Perth every day. That was the type of person he was.”

Trooper Brown’s commanding officer of the SAS regiment described Brown as a warrior. “On August 13 we won the battle but we lost a warrior,” he said. “Trooper Brown was a hardened, quiet professional.”
At the time of his passing, Graham Brown paid his own tribute to his son “He was born to be a soldier, and believed in what he was doing. He died doing what he loved and would have wanted to leave the world doing what he loved. We are all very proud of him.” Source – Jason’s story has been written from internet sources with photographs supplied by his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jason’s parents, Graham and Ann, his sister, Stephanie along with their extended family. May he Rest in Peace." - SOURCE (www.facebook.com) (Walking Wounded Facebook)