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Son of Joel Fitzgibbon dies in parachute incident at Richmond RAAF base near Sydney

Lance Corporal Jack Fitzgibbon, son of former defense minister Joel Fitzgibbon, tragically passed away following injuries sustained in a parachuting incident at the Richmond RAAF base on Wednesday night. Acting Special Operations Commander Brigadier James Kidd confirmed that Defence has launched a formal investigation into the incident.

In response to the tragedy, all parachute training within the Australian Army has been temporarily suspended. The Australian Defence Forces (ADF) disclosed that the soldier was injured during a routine training exercise at the Sydney base around 6:30 pm on Wednesday.

Lance Corporal Fitzgibbon, a member of the 2nd Commando Regiment, was described as a “relatively junior” member of Special Operations Command and a qualified parachutist. Brigadier Kidd emphasized the inherent risks of military training but reiterated the commitment to maintaining the highest standards of excellence.

In a heartfelt statement, Mr. Fitzgibbon expressed that serving in the special forces was his son’s lifelong ambition. Despite the profound loss, he took solace in knowing that Jack died serving his nation, highlighting his dedication, skill, and bravery.

Lance Corporal Fitzgibbon’s service extended both domestically and overseas, including involvement in natural disaster responses. He was deeply cherished within the second commando regiment for his courage, sense of humor, and unwavering commitment to his country.

Following the incident, the soldier received immediate medical attention at the scene before being transported to Westmead Hospital. Mr. Fitzgibbon, who served as defense minister from 2007 to 2009, expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support during this difficult time.

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