Commando killed in parachute-training accident

Defence has confirmed that a Sydney-based soldier has died from injuries he sustained during a parachuting incident on 6 March 2024.

FILE PHOTO: Official portrait of Lance Corporal Jack Fitzgibbon, 2nd Commando Regiment, who died as a result of a parachute-training accident.

Lance Corporal Jack Fitzgibbon, son of former Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon, was a member of 2nd Commando Regiment based at Holsworthy, NSW, on a routine training exercise at RAAF Base Richmond when the accident occurred.

Joel Fitzgibbon provided the following statement on behalf of his family…

“We are devastated and heartbroken by the loss of our wonderful Jack,” he said.

“Serving in the special forces was Jack’s dream job and we take some comfort from the fact that he died serving his nation in a uniform of the ADF.

“Jack was a dedicated, highly skilled, and courageous soldier.

“He was an experienced parachutist.

“Our lives will never be the same without Jack, but we will always remain proud of him and his many achievements.”

A Defence spokesperson said Defence’s main priority following this incident was to support Lance Corporal Fitzgibbon’s family.

“Our thoughts are with them and his friends as they grieve their loss,” the spokesperson said.

“Defence takes every step to mitigate unnecessary risk, but unfortunately today we mourn the loss of a soldier and colleague.

“An investigation into the cause of the accident is underway and Defence will not provide further comment on the incident while the investigation is occurring.”

The Australian Army has temporarily paused all parachute training.

 

 


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3 thoughts on “Commando killed in parachute-training accident

  • 14/03/2024 at 1:10 pm
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    God Almighty watch over the family, bring them peace knowing that he is with you.

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  • 10/03/2024 at 11:34 am
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    Lest we forget.

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  • 10/03/2024 at 11:29 am
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    Soldier On Jack ❤️????️

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