Vale notice - Sapper Jacob Moerland
Sapper Jacob Moerland was born in Cairns, Queensland in January 1989.
Jacob enlisted into the Australian Regular Army in July 2007. After basic training and two years service with the 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment, Jacob deployed to Afghanistan in January 2010.
Jacob was involved in a route clearance task ahead of an Australian patrol in the Mirabad Valley on 7th June 2010. He was inspecting a suspected improvised explosive device when it was detonated by insurgents. Jacob subsequently died as a result of his wounds from the blast.
Jacob is survived by his parents Robert and Sandra and sisters Bethany and Laura, and fiancée, Kezia.
Biography - Sapper Jacob Moerland
Sapper Jacob Moerland, 21, a member of 1st Mentoring Task Force (MTF- 1) from 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment (2 CER) was killed as a result of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated on 7 June, 2010.
Sapper Jacob Moerland was born in Cairns, Queensland on 14 January 1989.
He enlisted into the Australian Regular Army on 9 July 2007 and completed his Initial Recruit Training at 1st Recruit Training Battalion in October 2007.
After completing his driver courses and the suite of Combat Engineer Courses in May 2008, Sapper Moerland was posted to 2 CER, Brisbane.
Whilst at 2 CER, he went on to complete a number of courses including: Protected Mobility Vehicle Driver course in April 2009 and Combat First Aider in August 2009. His deployment as part of MTF-1 in January 2010 was his first operation.
As part of his tour he was awarded the Australian Active Service Medal with Clasp International Campaign against Terrorism, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO non-article 5 ISAF Medal, the Meritorious Unit Citation and Army Combat Badge. Additionally he has been awarded the Australian Defence Medal.
Sapper Moerland left behind his fiancée, Kezia who lives in Brisbane.