New Zealand soldier Major Aaron Couchman killed in cycling crash in Australia

Major Aaron Couchman.
Major Aaron Couchman. Photo credit: The New Zealand Defence Force

A New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) soldier has died in Australia after being involved in a off-duty traffic accident.

The NZDF confirmed that Major Aaron Couchman's death on Monday, saying he was cycling on Saturday when he was involved in a crash on the New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory. 

Major Couchman was posted to HQ Joint Operations Command in Canberra at the time of his death. 

The Sydney Morning Herald reports the cyclist died at the scene after a crash with a truck.

Chief of Army Major General John Boswell said Major Couchman was a proud and determined officer. 

"As a man, he embodied drive and professionalism," Major General Boswell said.

"He was a good bloke, a friend and mentor to many. He will be sorely missed by those of us fortunate enough to have known him."

Major Couchman joined the Army in 1990, and was posted to the HQ Joint Operations Command in Canberra. He had previously held positions at the training and doctrine command in Waiouru.

The focus is now about supporting Major Couchman's family, Major General John Boswell said.  


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