• Senior Airman Benjamin Florez, 305th Aerial Support Squadron, 49th Joint Movement Control Battalion, reacts to tasting Vegemite introduced to him by Australian Pvt. Tara Pavel at Multi National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, on Jan. 26, 2013. Vegemite is an Australian food spread for sandwiches, toast, and biscuits, but for Americans is an acquired taste.

    Australia Day

    Senior Airman Benjamin Florez, 305th Aerial Support Squadron, 49th Joint Movement Control Battalion, reacts to tasting Vegemite introduced to him by Australian Pvt. Tara Pavel at Multi National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, on Jan. 26, 2013. Vegemite is...

  • A dining facility employee slices a roasted lamb during the authentic Australia Day feast at Multi National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, on Jan. 26, 2013. The Holland Dining Facility featured multiple entrees and desserts typically found at an Australian Day barbeque.

    Australia Day

    A dining facility employee slices a roasted lamb during the authentic Australia Day feast at Multi National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, on Jan. 26, 2013. The Holland Dining Facility featured multiple entrees and desserts typically found at an...

  • Australian Leading Aircraftman Alex Parsons uses decorative memorabilia to direct an aircraft into its designated area on the flightline at Multi National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, on Australia Day, Jan. 26, 2013. Members of the Australian Defense force celebrated Australia Day by wearing unique outfits, face tattoos, and decorative memorabilia.

    Australia Day

    Australian Leading Aircraftman Alex Parsons uses decorative memorabilia to direct an aircraft into its designated area on the flightline at Multi National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, on Australia Day, Jan. 26, 2013. Members of the Australian Defense...

  • Australian Warrant Officer Class Two Meagan Bressow celebrates Australia Day while coordinating the movement of personnel and baggage on and off aircrafts at Multi National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, on Jan. 26, 2013. Australia Day marks the landing of the first British fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788, and is typically commemorated with food and gatherings with family and friends.

    Australia Day

    Australian Warrant Officer Class Two Meagan Bressow celebrates Australia Day while coordinating the movement of personnel and baggage on and off aircrafts at Multi National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, on Jan. 26, 2013. Australia Day marks the landing...

  • Australian Leading Aircraftman Alex Parsons uses decorative memorabilia to direct an aircraft into its designated area on the flightline at Multi National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, on Australia Day, Jan. 26, 2013. Members of the Australian Defence Force celebrate Australia Day by wearing unique outfits, face tattoos, and decorative memorabilia.

    Australia Day

    Australian Leading Aircraftman Alex Parsons uses decorative memorabilia to direct an aircraft into its designated area on the flightline at Multi National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, on Australia Day, Jan. 26, 2013. Members of the Australian Defence...

  • Australian Air Force Cpl. Aaron Beavington, Combined Team Uruzgan, takes a break from unloading cargo on the flightline at Multi National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, on Australia Day, Jan. 26, 2013. Members of the Australian Defence Force celebrated Australia Day by wearing unique outfits, face tattoos, and decorative memorabilia.

    Australia Day

    Australian Air Force Cpl. Aaron Beavington, Combined Team Uruzgan, takes a break from unloading cargo on the flightline at Multi National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, on Australia Day, Jan. 26, 2013. Members of the Australian Defence Force celebrated...

  • Australian Warrant Officer Class 2 Meagan Bressow celebrates Australia Day by sporting face tattoos and decorative memorabilia as she coordinates aircraft movement at Multi National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan. Australia Day marks the landing of the first British fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788, and is typically commemorated with food and gatherings with family and friends

    Australia Day

    Australian Warrant Officer Class 2 Meagan Bressow celebrates Australia Day by sporting face tattoos and decorative memorabilia as she coordinates aircraft movement at Multi National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan. Australia Day marks the landing of the...

  • Members of the U.S. Navy enjoy Australia Day festivities at the Holland Dining Facility at Multi National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, on Jan. 26, 2013. Australia Day marks the landing of the first British fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788, and is typically commemorated with food and gatherings with family and friends.

    Australia Day

    Members of the U.S. Navy enjoy Australia Day festivities at the Holland Dining Facility at Multi National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, on Jan. 26, 2013. Australia Day marks the landing of the first British fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788, and is typically...

  • Staff Sgt. Carolina Serrano and Sgt. Lisa Tilo, 82nd Financial Management Support Brigade, celebrate Australia Day by enjoying authentic Australian food at the Holland Dining Facility at Multi National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, on Jan. 26, 2013. Australia Day is typically commemorated with food and gatherings with family and friends.

    Australia Day

    Staff Sgt. Carolina Serrano and Sgt. Lisa Tilo, 82nd Financial Management Support Brigade, celebrate Australia Day by enjoying authentic Australian food at the Holland Dining Facility at Multi National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, on Jan. 26, 2013...

  • Australian Army Pvt. Tara Pavel explains the best way to eat Vegemite to Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Dove, 329th Transportation Detachment, 49th Joint Movement Control Battalion, at Multi National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, on Australia Day, Jan. 26, 2013. Vegemite is an Australian food spread for sandwiches, toast, and biscuits, but for Americans is an acquired taste.

    Australia Day

    Australian Army Pvt. Tara Pavel explains the best way to eat Vegemite to Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Dove, 329th Transportation Detachment, 49th Joint Movement Control Battalion, at Multi National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, on Australia Day, Jan. 26...

  • The 7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment Task Group mortar section pause during training at Multi National Base - Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, to reflect on those at home celebrating Australia Day.  Photography by: Leading Seaman Andrew Dakin, 1st Joint Public Affairs Unit

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    The 7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment Task Group mortar section pause during training at Multi National Base - Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, to reflect on those at home celebrating Australia Day. Photography by: Leading Seaman Andrew Dakin, 1st Joint...

TARIN KOT, Afghanistan - On Australia Day, comparative to the 4th of July, U.S. soldiers took time to recognize the foundation of their coalition partners' nation and reflect on what it means to serve at Multi National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, Jan. 26, 2013.

During the event the Australian Commander, Col. Simon Stuart, addressed the men and women of Combined Team Uruzgan and recognized his executive officer who passed 40 years of unwavering service to the Army.

"We recognize the dedication of Maj. Paul Pricket, the executive officer of CTU who joined the Australian Army in 1973 and on Jan. 17 dedicated over 40-years to the Australian Army," Col. Stuart said.

Afterwards, Australian and Americans celebrated with good food and camaraderie by enjoying authentic Australian delicacies in the dining facility. The special meal included barbecue and roast lamb, aussie meat pies, vegemite, pavlova and lamingtons.

"The food was excellent. Cooked to perfection, reminding me of Samoa when we cook lamb almost every day," said Staff Sgt. Carolina Serrano, 82nd Financial Management Support Brigade.

Troops also added color and fanfare to the day by doning unique Australian outfits, wearing kangaroos and national flag tattoos and decorating the base with memorabilia.

However, the Australia holiday was much more than barbeques and face paint; it was also a day to recognize how coalition forces are working together to improve the lives of the people in Afghanistan.

"The men and women of combined team Uruzgan are making a significant contribution to the Australian nation and our international efforts here in Afghanistan," Stuart said.

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