While Australia swelters in summer, Australian Defence Force (ADF) members serving in Afghanistan are having a taste of winter, with the Reconstruction Task Force 3 Base covered in a thick blanket of snow.
Snow has covered the ground and the vehicles at the base - with more than a few snowmen seen dotted amongst the buildings.
The Reconstruction Task Force 3 is Australia's contribution to the Netherlands-led Provincial Reconstruction Team in Uruzgan Province, and the Dutch troops have joined the Australians in a snowball fight or two to pass the quiet moments.
"It's a bit different from what we've been experiencing the last few months," said Gunner Khyle Ashcroft, who is based with the 4th Field Regiment in Townsville - where it never snows.
"It's been just rain and mud, but obviously it's got a bit colder and the rain's turned to snow."
But, according to Gunner Ashcroft,
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