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Memorial service for Lance Corporal Jason Marks

06 May 2008

LCPL Marks, a commando with the Sydney-based 4th Battalion (Commando) the Royal Australian Regiment, was serving with the Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) in Afghanistan.

He was killed about 25km south of Tarin Kowt, Oruzgan Province, during an attack involving small arms and rocket propelled grenades. Four other Australian commandos were wounded in the engagement.

LCPL Marks was married to Cassandra and had two children.

Soldiers, sailors and airmen at Australia's Middle East Headquarters in Baghdad paused from their duties on Sunday, 4 May to hold a memorial service for LCPL Marks.

The Joint Task Force 633 (JTF633) Padre, Chaplain Kerry Bartlett, who led the service said the occasion gave personnel from the Headquarters an opportunity to come together to remember LCPL Marks and acknowledge his contribution and sacrifice.

The Special Operations Task Group is part of Operation SLIPPER, Australia’s contribution to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.

Operation SLIPPER is an important component of the Australian Government’s commitment to working together with the international community to help prevent acts of terrorism around the world.

There are approximately 1000 Australian personnel currently serving in Afghanistan.

Operation SLIPPER is part of Joint Task Force 633 (JTF633) which, along with all other Australian forces in the Middle East, is commanded by Major General Mike Hindmarsh from a headquarters in Baghdad.