Local man one still in Iraq
A FORMER Murwillumbah student is one of only 100 Australian soldiers left in Iraq.
Dylan Cowdroy, 25, who attended St Patrick's College, joined the army in 2005.
He has since been promoted to corporal and is normally based with the 2nd Battalion of The Royal Australian Regiment in the Lavarack Barracks in Townsville.
Mr Cowdroy, a keen Gold Coast Titans supporter, is part of the Australian Army's security detachment protecting Australian diplomats in Baghdad.
While his parents, Peter and Raynor, are still living locally at Cabarita, their son is completing an eight-month deployment in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
A veteran of peacekeeping operations with the battalion in East Timor, Mr Cowdroy has specialised as a storeman and his job is to provide administrative and logistic support for the detachment.
The security detachment is deployed as part of Operation KRUGER, the Australian Defence Force's ongoing contribution to the provision of security and support for the Australian Embassy and its staff in Iraq.
The Australian force provides a tailored security detail to the head of the diplomatic mission and his staff.
The Australian security detachment comprises about 100 personnel drawn from infantry, cavalry, military police and combat service support units.
It currently consists mainly of personnel from the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, Townsville, and the 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Darwin.