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Best friend: Pte Nicholas Brooke hangs out with companion dog Harry after the
official opening of the Brisbane Soldier Recovery Centre.
Photo by LAC Dan Pinhorn
Earth mover: Spr Daniel Petrie takes a break from working on the 25m and 100m range rebuild at
Multinational Base Tarin Kot.
Photo by US Army Sgt Jessi McCormick
WO2 Andrew Hetherington
COALITION personnel of different denomi-
nations celebrated Easter with church ser-
vices at Multinational Base Tarin Kot.
Combined Team Uruzgan Padre Chap
Damien Ellis said it was important for per-
sonnel to maintain their religious faith while
"Australian personnel are not known
for being overtly religious, although during
Christmas and Easter it's apparent they
attend services to make a connection with
their families at home, who are doing the
same thing there," he said.
The Easter services began with a sta-
tions-of-the-cross walk around the Tarin Kot
base on the night of March 27.
Participants took turns carrying a wood-
en cross, stopping at locations around the
base to hear readings about Jesus' journey
during his crucifixion.
For the remainder of the Easter week
services were held by all faiths in the base
chapel known as the barn.
CTU XO Maj Paul Prickett chose to make
his confirmation into the Catholic church
during the Easter Saturday night service.
"I took the step from being a person
who attended Catholic mass with my family,
but was not confirmed within the Catholic
church," Maj Prickett said.
"I made the commitment to become a
full member of the church and it was quite
uplifting and emotional for me to do it here
Being confirmed into the Catholic
church was not the only milestone for Maj
Prickett during his deployment.
"I flew out of Australia to deploy here
on my 55th birthday and on January 17 it
was 40 years since I joined the Army," Maj
"As my father was in the British Army, I
was baptised in a military environment and
my birth certificate is a British Army certifi-
"The fact I've been committed to the
Army for so long, for me my confirmation
here on operational service was the culmi-
nation of all of these life-long events."
Chap Ellis said the main message for
deployed personnel and their families was
to not give up hope.
"We should all trust in each other and
part of what we do at Easter is to retell the
gospel story," Chap Ellis said.
"So what personnel and their families
should do is retell the love they have for
Pictured inset, US Army Capt Seth Fabin
(left) checks out chef Haradin Bytyqi's
Easter cake with 7RAR Task Group Spr
A special day for deployed Christians
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