Hometown: Lismore, New South Wales
Home Club: Australian National University Boat Club
Defence Posting: 460 Squadron, Australian Geospatial Intelligence Organisation, Air Intelligence Analyst, Canberra
Leading Aircraftman Jackson Purtle grew up on a 10,000-acre wheat property near Collarenabri New South Wales, moving to Lismore for High School. After school, Jackson joined the Royal Australian Air Force Gap Year program in 2010 and enlisted as an Air Intelligence Analyst. Leading Aircraftman Purtle deployed to Iraq in 2013 as part of the targeting team.
While studying at the Australian National University in 2017, Jackson learned to row at the Australian National University Boat Club. In 2018 Jackson competed for Australian Defence Force Rowing at the Australian Masters' Rowing Championships in Tasmania.
Motivated to join the Australian Defence Force King's Cup Team, Jackson has been pushing himself to his limits, and learning much about himself – physically and mentally. He welcomes the chance to be part of such a historic and significant campaign – a once in a lifetime opportunity and a privilege to be involved.