Vale Air Vice-Marshal Brent Espeland AM (Ret’d)
The Repat Foundation – The Road Home is deeply saddened by the passing of Air Vice-Marshal Brent Espeland AM (Ret’d), a distinguished figure in our Australian military who championed support for veterans both past and present.
With a career in the Royal Australian Air Force spanning 36 years, Air Vice-Marshal Espeland AM (Ret’d) dedicated his professional career to serving and protecting his country, and continued this through his retirement as The Road Home Chair of Board of Governors.
Living a distinguished career in the Australian Defence Force, Air Vice-Marshal Espeland AM (Ret’d) was an experienced commander, holding unit and formation command twice. In testament to his leadership, he was appointed Air Officer Commanding Training Command and Deputy Chief of Air Force. His final appointment in the Australian Defence Force was on secondment to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet where he was responsible for the coordination of security and intelligence at the national level for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, an extraordinary career achievement.
Believing Australian citizens owe a profound debt of support to our servicemen and women, throughout his retirement Brent tirelessly advocated for the health and support of both past, present and future veterans. In addition to his involvement with The Road Home, he was the founding member of the Alliance of Defence Service Organisations where he was a spokesperson for veterans by working closely with the Australian government to invoke change.
His advocacy and support didn’t end there, he was National President of the Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Air Force Association and both National and South Australian President of the Royal United Services Institute of Australia, a Director of the Sir Richard Williams Foundation, a member of the Department of Veterans Affairs Round Table, a member of the Air Force Heritage Advisory Committee and served as a member of the National Council of the Australian Air Force Cadets.
As The Road Home Chair of Board of Governors Air Vice-Marshal Espeland’s AM (Ret’d) leadership, unwavering passion and determination to protect Australia’s servicemen and women has played an integral role in forming the foundations of The Road Home and what it stands for.
“Air-Vice Marshal Espeland’s advocacy and fierce determination to fight for the support of servicemen and women and emergency service personnel continues to inspire all that we do at The Road Home,” The Road Home Deputy Chair of Board of Governors Brigadier Alison Creagh CSC (Ret’d) said.
“He has left behind a legacy that will continue to shape The Road Home’s direction as we support Australia’s past and present veterans and emergency service personnel living with visible and invisible injuries of service. Brent would want us to continue this important work and we will continue to be encouraged and inspired by his commitment to serving Australia and the men and women who chose to serve Australia in the Australian Defence Force and emergency services.
“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Air-Vice Marshal Espeland AM (Ret’d) during this time. Lest we forget. ”