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Slain Diggers

Captain Bryce Duffy, Corporal Ashley Birt and Lance Corporal Luke Gavin.

 

THEY were brother, husband and father – and all three were killed by
a man they thought was their ally.

The slain Aussies from Mentoring Task Force Three were among ten Diggers
mowed down by a rogue Afghan National Army soldier on Saturday.

They were Captain Bryce Duffy, 26, Lance Corporal Luke Gavin, 27, and
Corporal Ashley Birt, 22.

The seven other Diggers targeted in the attack are being airlifted to Germany
and are expected to pull through, although doctors warn that one of soldiers is
still in a life-threatening condition.

“This is of course a tragedy for our nation, a tragedy for those three
families and a terrible reminder to the other 29 families who have seen their
sons, husbands, brothers killed during our time in Afghanistan,” Defence
Minister Stephen Smith said.

Captain Duffy, who was married but with no children, was born in Sydney and
served with the 4th Field Regiment, Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery in
Townsville.

Selfless and devoted

The Australian Defence Force said he was a well-liked and well-respected
officer. “His peers remember him as an officer who maintained the highest
possible personal standards. His selfless dedication to duty was demonstrated by
the fact that he had volunteered for his second tour of duty in Afghanistan at
short notice, after a fellow officer was wounded in action,” it said in a
statement.

Lance Corporal Gavin, also from Sydney, was married with three children. “His
subordinate soldiers were motivated by his professionalism, mateship and
outstanding specialist skills. He was also known for being a devoted husband and
father.”

Like Lance Corporal Gavin, Corporal Birt, a sapper from Nambour, Queensland,
was on his first tour of Afghanistan. “He was a great mate to his many
colleagues and well liked by all. He was a larrikin and someone who was always
smiling. His mates remember him as a great bloke, a distinguished sportsman and
an excellent soldier,” the ADF said.

Gympie MP Dave Gibson met the family of one of the soldiers yesterday and was
told his younger brother was also serving in Afghanistan.

“There isn’t really any way we can understand what they’re feeling but it’s a
time in which the family are drawn together,” he said.

To protect the family’s privacy, Mr Gibson said he would not identify the
soldier.

The deaths have hit Digger morale hard, with the mood inside the
multinational base in Tarin Kowt one of anger, sadness and confusion.

“It’s just so sad for these blokes. They didn’t die fighting,” one soldier told Fairfax newspapers.

The gunman also killed an Afghan interpreter and wounded three other
Afghanis. He was shot dead by two Australians, one of whom had been wounded.

Shot from behind

Australian commanders had been trying to keep mentoring troops away from
trouble spots and had believed the patrol base at Shah Wali Kot in northern
Kandahar province to be safe.

That confidence was shattered at 8.30am on Saturday, Afghan time, as troops
from the Afghan National Army’s 6th Kandakm finished their weekly parade.

The soldiers from 2nd Royal Australian Regiment were standing with
interpreters when machine-gun fire hit them from behind.

“A member of the ANA – we think it’s a junior officer or a senior
non-commissioned officer – came up with a machinegun, came up to within 20
metres or 15 metres of our soldiers, and opened fire on them. There were 12
Australians in the group and all but two were struck,” MTF-3 commander Lt-Col
Chris Smith said.

The surviving Diggers, including some of the wounded, returned fire and the
Afghan soldier was killed. One of the wounded, a medic, paused only to stop his
bleeding before rushing to the rescue of his comrades.

At that stage, with their platoon commander dead, the Diggers faced the very
real possibility that the other Afghan soldiers could start shooting or that
Taliban forces were outside the base and about to attack.

The alarm went out and a strong Australian mobile patrol operating nearby in
armoured vehicles swept down into the base to back up the Australians and to
reinforce security.

Dodged the vetting process

The wounded were treated at the scene and flown out in helicopters to
coalition medical facilities, but the most seriously wounded Australian did not
survive.

No one on the ground or in in military intelligence knows if the gunman was
working for the Taliban but sources told Fairfax “they’re leaning more towards the guy
just brain-snapped”.

What they know about the gunman is this: his name was Darwish, he was a
resident of Kabul and had been in the Afghan army for about three years. It is
unlikely he underwent the rigorous vetting process imposed on new recruits.

The commander of the Afghan National Army’s 4th Brigade, Brigadier General
Mohammed Zafar Khan, ordered all of the 6th Kandak personnel to be disarmed and
confined to their barracks.

Disarming the ANA soldiers defused the situation and removed an issue that
could have made a bad situation worse.

“They could stop looking over their shoulders and get on with the job,” a source told The
Australian
(behind a paywall)
.

“For the guys to do the job they do, there needs to be a lot of trust. That
trust has taken a bit of a beating, and it will take time to build it up
again.”

from:  http://www.news.com.au/national/brother-to-bring-fallen-soldier-home-from-afghanistan/story-e6frfkvr-1226180969980#ixzz1cLrcHmyn

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using the number/letter grid:
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Bryce Duffy

29735 43667      52

 

his path of destiny = 52 = Keen.  Astute.  Perceptive.

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Ashley Birt

118357 2992      47

 

his path of destiny = 47 = Name recognition.  Legacy.

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Luke Gavin

3325 71495        39

 

his path of destiny = 39 = Idealist.  Compliments.  A nice guy.

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