Vale Air Vice-Marshal Brent Espeland AM (ret’d)

The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) and partner 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 the community, and continued this through his retirement as a member of THRF Board and 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 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 THRF and partner 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 a member of THRF Board and 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.

“When The Repat Foundation became a partner of THRF in 2015, Air Vice-Marshal Espeland’s AM (Ret’d) dedication, knowledge and leadership played an integral role in helping the two foundations work together on the common goal of supporting people in our community,” Chair of THRF Board Melinda OLeary said.

“He has left behind a legacy that will continue to shape both THRF and affiliate The Road Home’s direction as we support Australia’s past and present veterans and emergency service personnel along with the wider South Australian community.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Air-Vice Marshal Espeland AM (Ret’d) during this time. Lest we forget.”