Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2009, Marine Travis Mackin, 45 Commando Royal Marines, was killed in Afghanistan.
Marine Mackin was serving as a member of the Security Sector Reform Group in Afghanistan, and was killed by an IED during a joint patrol with the Afghan National security forces. As a member of the specialist team mentoring the Afghan National Army and the National Police, one of his tasks was to guide and lead those he was training into and out of hostile situations. He had been previously selected for specialist training and showed a strong performance on the communicators’ course, qualifying as a Royal Marines Communicator. Marine Mackin is remembered as selfless, confident, a natural leader with huge potential and an infectious sense of humour. He had joined the Royal Marines in July of 2004.
Lieutenant Colonel Graeme Armour said of him: “Marine Travis Mackin was an archetypal Royal Marine who thoroughly embodied the ‘work hard - play hard’ philosophy of life. He lost his life operating as a Section Commander, mentoring the Afghan National Security Forces in Kajaki, where his professional and selfless efforts had contributed significantly to the provision of security in the area. As a Marine performing the role of a JNCO, Marine Mackin was in his element, using his personable nature and natural authority to gain respect amongst the Afghans, and his experience to help develop their skills. I am in no doubt that he was ready for a Junior Command Course after this tour; his star was certainly on the rise with his abilities proven in the harshest of conditions. He had the prospect of a successful and long career in the Royal Marines stretching before him. His love of life and cheerful, positive attitude were infectious…a true Commando - he will be missed”.
Travis, from Plymouth, was 22 years old.