Australian Prime Minister Meets U.S. Army Soldier from Australia

By Kevin M. Hymel, ANC HistorianOctober 24, 2023

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese meets with U.S. Amy Sgt. Charlotte Carulli in the Memorial Amphitheater Display Room at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Oct. 23, 2023. Carulli is an Australian citizen serving in the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). (U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery / released)
1 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese meets with U.S. Amy Sgt. Charlotte Carulli in the Memorial Amphitheater Display Room at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Oct. 23, 2023. Carulli is an Australian citizen serving in the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). (U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery / released) (Photo Credit: Elizabeth Fraser) VIEW ORIGINAL
A color guard from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) carry the flag of Australia during an Armed Forces Full Honors Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Oct. 23, 2023. The wreath was laid by Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. (U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery / released)
2 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A color guard from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) carry the flag of Australia during an Armed Forces Full Honors Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Oct. 23, 2023. The wreath was laid by Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. (U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery / released) (Photo Credit: Elizabeth Fraser) VIEW ORIGINAL
The State and Territorial Cordon lines the walkway of the mall leading up to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Oct. 23, 2023. The cordon was part of an Armed Forces Full Honors Wreath-Laying Ceremony where Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. (U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery / released)
3 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The State and Territorial Cordon lines the walkway of the mall leading up to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Oct. 23, 2023. The cordon was part of an Armed Forces Full Honors Wreath-Laying Ceremony where Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. (U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery / released) (Photo Credit: Elizabeth Fraser) VIEW ORIGINAL
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese participates in a Armed Forces Full Honors Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, Oct. 23, 2023. (U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery / released)
4 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese participates in a Armed Forces Full Honors Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, Oct. 23, 2023. (U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery / released) (Photo Credit: Elizabeth Fraser) VIEW ORIGINAL
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Joint Task Force - National Capital Region and U.S. Army Military District of Washington Commanding General Maj. Gen. Trevor J. Bredenkamp participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, Oct. 23, 2023. (U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery / released)
5 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Joint Task Force - National Capital Region and U.S. Army Military District of Washington Commanding General Maj. Gen. Trevor J. Bredenkamp participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, Oct. 23, 2023. (U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery / released) (Photo Credit: Elizabeth Fraser) VIEW ORIGINAL
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese meets with U.S. Amy Sgt. Charlotte Carulli in the Memorial Amphitheater Display Room at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Oct. 23, 2023. Carulli is an Australian citizen serving in the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). (U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery / released)
6 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese meets with U.S. Amy Sgt. Charlotte Carulli in the Memorial Amphitheater Display Room at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Oct. 23, 2023. Carulli is an Australian citizen serving in the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). (U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery / released) (Photo Credit: Elizabeth Fraser) VIEW ORIGINAL
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, left, and Joint Task Force - National Capital Region and U.S. Army Military District of Washington Commanding General Maj. Gen. Trevor J. Bredenkamp, right, walk through the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Oct. 23, 2023. (U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery / released)
7 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, left, and Joint Task Force - National Capital Region and U.S. Army Military District of Washington Commanding General Maj. Gen. Trevor J. Bredenkamp, right, walk through the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Oct. 23, 2023. (U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery / released) (Photo Credit: Elizabeth Fraser) VIEW ORIGINAL

On Oct. 23, 2023, Australian Prime Minster Anthony Albanese laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. He was delighted when U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Trevor J. Bredenkamp introduced him to an Army sergeant with a thick Australian accent: Sgt. Charlotte Carulli, who was born in Australia.

Sgt. Carulli now serves as an assistant media manager for the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), who are responsible for guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at ANC. She explained the different places she lived in Australia before coming to the United States in 2011 and joining the U.S. Army in 2017. After twelve years in the U.S., her accent has held. All the Soldiers [notice her accent],” commented Bredenkamp to the prime minister.

As the prime minister departed the cemetery, Sgt. Carulli was a bit overwhelmed after meeting her home country’s leader. “It was very spontaneous,” she said with a smile. She credits the U.S. Army with making it happen. “I would never have gotten this opportunity had I not joined the Army.”