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Muzzle
14th November 2008, 13:36
http://www.rte.ie/news/2008/1114/afghanistan.html


Irish man killed in Afghanistan
Friday, 14 November 2008 12:52
A 32-year-old man from Co Mayo has been killed while serving with British forces in Afghanistan.

Robert McKibben, from Carraignalorgan near Westport, died alongside fellow Marine Neil Dunstan after their vehicle was hit by an explosive device while they were on patrol in Helmand province.

His family issued a statement through the British Ministry of Defence saying they are 'all extremely proud of our Robbie'.

Advertisement'He had very definite plans of how he wanted to live his life; he was always thoughtful, considerate and had an amazing sense of humour that touched so many lives. He was so full of life and was loved so much by his family and by all his friends.

'Robbie has left a huge void in our hearts and he will never be forgotten.'

A spokesperson for the British forces in Helmand, Commander Paula Rowe, said the deaths were a tragic blow to the force.

Local priest Mícheál Mannion in Westport said the family and community were devastated by the news and Westport Town Council has expressed its deepest sympathy to the family.

He is one of a family of four and left Wesport when he was 18.

He joined the Royal Marines at the age of 27 and, after completing Commando Training, joined J Company 42 Commando based in Plymouth. He was previously a member of the FCA.

He is expected to be buried in Westport in the coming weeks

Traumagod
14th November 2008, 13:57
A 32-year-old man from Co Mayo has been killed while serving with British forces in Afghanistan.

Robert McKibben, from Carraignalorgan near Westport, died alongside fellow Marine Neil Dunstan after their vehicle was hit by an explosive device while they were on patrol in Helmand province.

His family issued a statement through the British Ministry of Defence saying they are 'all extremely proud of our Robbie'.

He had very definite plans of how he wanted to live his life; he was always thoughtful, considerate and had an amazing sense of humour that touched so many lives. He was so full of life and was loved so much by his family and by all his friends.

'Robbie has left a huge void in our hearts and he will never be forgotten.'

A spokesperson for the British forces in Helmand, Commander Paula Rowe, said the deaths were a tragic blow to the force.

Local priest Mícheál Mannion in Westport said the family and community were devastated by the news and Westport Town Council has expressed its deepest sympathy to the family.

He is one of a family of four and left Wesport when he was 18.

He joined the Royal Marines at the age of 27 and, after completing Commando Training, joined J Company 42 Commando based in Plymouth. He was previously a member of the FCA.

He is expected to be buried in Westport in the coming weeks.


http://www.rte.ie/news/2008/1114/afghanistan.html


R.I.P.

Duffman
14th November 2008, 14:30
Rip

SwiftandSure
14th November 2008, 15:14
RIP Robert McKibben and Neil Dunstan

Connaught Stranger
14th November 2008, 15:49
May he + Rest In Peace +

Sympathy to the family and friends.

Possibly he served with:

"A" Company, 18th Infantry Battalion F.C.A.

which used to be located at Pinewoods in Westport.

rod and serpent
14th November 2008, 16:27
http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/Templates/GenerateThumbnail.aspx?imageURL=/NR/rdonlyres/4E1A73C0-700F-4E59-9B1E-685A05238EA5/0/McKIBBENRobert.JPG&maxSize=210 (http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/Templates/LargeImageTemplate.aspx?img=/NR/rdonlyres/4E1A73C0-700F-4E59-9B1E-685A05238EA5/0/McKIBBENRobert.JPG&alt=Marine Robert Mckibben) Marine Robert McKibben
[Picture: via MOD]

Marine Robert Joseph Mckibben
Marine Robert McKibben, known to most on his unit as 'Frank', was serving on Operation HERRICK 9 with the Brigade Reconnaissance Force (BRF), United Kingdom Landing Force Command Support Group, as a Reconnaissance Operator
Marine McKibben, aged 32, was born in June 1976, and before joining the Corps he lived in Co Mayo, in the Republic of Ireland. He joined the Royal Marines at the relatively advanced age of 27 and, after completing Commando Training, joined J Company 42 Commando based in Plymouth.
He proved to be an excellent all round field soldier and went on to pass Recce Troop selection, joining 42 Commando's Recce Troop. With this unit he learned the 'pleasures' of soldiering in the winter Arctic conditions of Norway, and passed the arduous Recce Operators' course with flying colours. He served in Afghanistan on Op HERRICK 5 where he performed with great enthusiasm, compassion and gallantry.
Following this operational tour he volunteered to move to Brigade Patrol Troop, where he travelled to America, Norway and Switzerland, amongst other places overseas. A very experienced operator, he hoped to fulfil his long-term ambition of becoming a member of UK Special Forces. In addition to his impressive military exploits, he held an honours degree in Environmental Science.
Marine McKibben leaves behind a loving family in Co Mayo and a girlfriend he cherished.

Robert's family paid this tribute:
"As a family, we are all extremely proud of our Robbie. He had very definite plans of how he wanted to live his life; he was always thoughtful, considerate and had an amazing sense of humour that touched so many lives. He was so full of life and was loved so much by his family and by all his friends. Robbie has left a huge void in our hearts and he will never be forgotten."

Lt Col Andrew J McInerney Royal Marines, Commanding Officer, United Kingdom Landing Force Command Support Group, said:
"Marine Robert Joseph McKibben was a larger than life character, with an easy smile and quick wit. He was an immensely capable man, yet his humility made him an example and inspiration to all he served with. A true Commando; tough, unassuming and hugely convivial, he viewed life as a glass half-full. Marine McKibben had an indomitable sense of humour in the face of any adversity. Regardless of the task or conditions his can do attitude helped him and others overcome every test they encountered. His recent performance on the Special Forces aptitude course was clear testament to his motivation, ability and potential. An operationally experienced soldier, he died serving his Unit and comrades in a role he relished. Marine McKibben was a key personality within our tight-knit unit of professional specialists; he was held dear by his colleagues and leaves a great void with his passing. The Unit will honour his passing, remember him and ensure we continue the valuable work he died conducting. His family have lost a marvellous son; the thoughts and prayers of the Unit, and the wider Royal Marines family, are with them and his loved ones at this tragic time."

Maj Chris Haw MC Royal Marines, Officer Commanding Brigade Reconnaissance Force, said:
"The Brigade Reconnaissance Force has suffered a tragic loss. Marine 'Frank' McKibben was a large, friendly and robust Irishman who always had a smile on his face. He proved time and time again that he was a strong field soldier under the most demanding of conditions and was passionate about his job. He relished the prospect of serving on Op HERRICK 9 with the BRF and had done his utmost to ensure that he would perform to the highest of standards. Throughout the many hardships presented to him during his career in the Royal Marines he maintained an enviable relaxed attitude to life and conducted himself with great humility. His enthusiasm to achieve the best that he could was infectious and he could always be relied upon to get a job done. Frank was one of life's characters who touched many of us in a genuine and understated way. My thoughts and those of all of the members of the BRF are with Frank's family and his girlfriend who he was so proud of. He will never be forgotten."


"I first met Frank when he was on his parachute course at Brize Norton in the summer of 07. During the many hours waiting to jump we chatted about his home in County Mayo. He was thrilled that someone else knew his home turf, it was clear that he had a real passion for the West coast of Ireland. I could see the sparkle in his eyes when he talked of home. He was always interesting to chat to and rarely seen without a smile on his face. We will miss him but not forget him." Captain Rob Hoey RE, Officer Commanding 2 Troop Brigade Reconnaissance Force


WO 2 Ginge Booth Royal Marines, Sergeant Major Brigade Reconnaissance Force, said:
"For the relatively short time that I have known Robert 'Frank' McKibben I have been impressed by his professional attitude to get the job done, passing Special Forces Aptitude is testament to this. It is always a pleasure to have guys within your organisation that you only have to ask once and Frank certainly was one of these guys. Frank was huge in stature and in personality who will be sorely missed by all who knew him. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends."

Colour Sergeant Andy Ives Royal Marines, Brigade Patrol Troop 2IC, said:
"Robert 'Frank' McKibben was the big Irish fellow in the troop who could be tasked with the things that needed the mindful touch and sometimes just a little bit of an oafish twist to complete! A man that was working towards his goal and achieving the level as proved with the successful completion of the Special Forces aptitude. A likeable man whose size was never used with harmful intent and a genuine caring man. Rest in peace Frank our thoughts will always be with you - and stay away from the doughnuts!"

Sgt Lees Royal Marines, BPT, said:
"Rob 'Frank Mc Kibben joined my team prior to Royal Chamois 07. A big and robust Dubliner, he was always keen to perform well. His recent success at Special Forces aptitude hints at his potential, and he will be missed by the men of BPT."

Captain Rob Hoey RE, Officer Commanding 2 Troop BRF / 24 Engineer Recce Troop, said:
"I first met Frank when he was on his parachute course at Brize Norton in the summer of 07. During the many hours waiting to jump we chatted about his home in County Mayo. He was thrilled that someone else knew his home turf, it was clear that he had a real passion for the West coast of Ireland. I could see the sparkle in his eyes when he talked of home. He was always interesting to chat to and rarely seen without a smile on his face. We will miss him but not forget him."

Marines Dan Claricoats, 'Ross' Rosser and Lance Corporal Matt Silcock, said:
"We first all met together whilst in 867Tp, where we were introduced to Rob's many loveable and unique characteristics. He was intelligent, dependable, extremely strong minded and determined, always seeing the job through to its end. We all enjoyed many what we would describe as 'lover's tiffs' with Rob as a result of his sometimes unique perspective on things. We've all shared highs, lows and many laughs with him and without ever thinking about it before…been bonded as a family through our shared times. There is a large gap that we now feel and know will be an unfillable void. We look back already with fond and happy memories of Rob 'Frank' McKibben. He will be sadly missed, and our thoughts are with his family and friends."

Mne Kev O'Gorman said:
"I only knew him for a short time, but he became one of my best friends in BRF and a really good mate outside of work. One of the nicest guys I've ever known."

Secretary of State for Defence, John Hutton MP, said:
"I was extremely saddened to hear of the deaths of Marine Neil Dunstan and Marine Robert McKibben. I understand from their commanders that both were capable, committed and brave Royal Marines who served with dedication and distinction. The work they were doing was important for the national security of the UK as well as for Afghanistan, but today we remember the individual cost of that work. My thoughts are with the families of these two brave young men."

R I P

Traumagod
14th November 2008, 16:51
R.i.p.

Craghopper
14th November 2008, 16:52
Rest In Peace Marines..

The real Jack
14th November 2008, 16:55
RIP

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madmark
14th November 2008, 17:43
Rip

concussion
14th November 2008, 17:45
Rip

hptmurphy
14th November 2008, 18:20
Rest In Peace Guys...

Dazzler
14th November 2008, 18:53
Rip.

dahamster
14th November 2008, 19:15
Rip

Goldie fish
14th November 2008, 20:00
Rest in Peace.

Did anyone here remember him from his time in the FCA?

Viking
14th November 2008, 21:04
May he rest in peace.

A tragic loss of a young man's life; I'd love to think he'll be the last Irishman killed out there.

johnny no stars
14th November 2008, 21:57
Rest in Peace

Joshua
14th November 2008, 23:04
Rest in Peace.

Warm heartfelt eulogies above.

Duffer
14th November 2008, 23:13
Rip

marloy
14th November 2008, 23:38
Rip

FCA Trooper
15th November 2008, 07:19
Robert transferred to the 25th from the 18th. He was a corporal on my recruit camp with the 25th in Galway in 1999 and a sergeant a couple of years after that. It's hard to believe, a brilliant nco, great craic and an awful sound fella.

May he rest in peace.

Vickers
15th November 2008, 15:19
Rip

Steyr Fan
15th November 2008, 21:24
I trust this will speak for all of us.....

mutter nutter
15th November 2008, 21:34
Sound's like a hell of a man....

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DeV
15th November 2008, 21:42
Rip

ARNGScout
18th November 2008, 18:45
Rip

rod and serpent
20th November 2008, 17:50
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Truck Driver
21st November 2008, 11:10
“Robert wanted to be more of a peacekeeper than a conventional soldier. His ambition was to do far more than what he was doing out there; in his mind he was not there to fight the insurgents but to help the everyday Afghan people.”

Sounds like he would have been a great asset on an Irish UN battalion overseas.

RIP

jawalsh
21st November 2008, 18:33
Rip

rod and serpent
24th November 2008, 21:25
Funeral and Burial

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bohs fan
25th November 2008, 07:55
R.i.p.

the drummie
7th January 2009, 09:00
RIP

like L/cpl Ian Malone 1st Battalion Irish Guards ...KIA Iraq .......born Dublin

and L/Sgt Chris Casey 1st Battalion Irish Guards ...KIA ...iraq ....family from Limerick

womble
7th January 2009, 11:17
rip