Corporal Nathan Heckel and Private Stewart Alpert – both from 6 Royal Australian Regiment (6 RAR) sniper cell on the range in Baghdad.
Deep Caption: The 100 members of the Security Detachment (SECDET) primarily provide protection and escort for the Australian Government personnel working at the Australian Embassy located in Baghdads International Zone. SECDET currently includes infantrymen from the 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment, Australian Light Armored Vehicles (ASLAVs) and crews from the 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry) and a detachment of Military Police from the 1st Military Police Battalion.
SECDET is deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Catalyst, which is the Australian Defence Forces contribution to the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Iraq. Operation Catalyst commenced on July 16, 2003, and currently comprises 1370 ADF personnel. Operation Catalyst runs concurrently with Operation Slipper, Australia’s contribution to the fight against international terrorism.