4 Feb 2014|

Trooper Stuart Dickson stands watch on a hilltop that overlooks the Afghan National Army Officer Academy on Christmas Morning, 2013. *** Local Caption *** Australian Defence Personnel have spent the festive season undertaking a variety of different activities throughout the Middle East Area of Operations. On Christmas Eve a handful of troops, accompanied by Brigadier Michael Mahy and Major General Craig Orme, climbed one of the mountains overlooking Kabul International Airport, home to the Australian Headquarters element in Afghanistan.

At Camp Qargha, on the outskirts of Kabul, Australian and UK soldiers enjoyed a special Christmas Eve dinner before indulging in some traditional carolling.

In Kandahar ADF members enjoyed a traditional Christmas lunch before taking time out to Skype, email and phone friends and family back home.