Six months in war zone for our Lee
FORMER Warwick boy Lee Crowell is about to leave his family behind for six long months and bravely put his life on the line to serve his country.
The long-serving RAAF leading aircraftman (LAC) will be deployed to war-torn parts of the Middle East next year under a six-month deployment.
It will separate him from his wife Alexandra, the couple's two children, eight-year-old Imogen and Paige, three, and his teenaged children Kristopher and Kayla who live in Warwick.
LAC Crowell has strong ties to the Warwick community, having been born in the Rose City and studied at both Glennie Heights State School and Warwick State High School.
His parents, Gary and Susan, still live locally.
After finishing school, he completed an apprenticeship at Steele's bakery and later kicked off his career in security, working for a local firm.
In 2003 he joined the RAAF and now works in military police and law enforcement.
LAC Crowell said he loved his job and being able to uphold the standards of the military.
"I think I enjoy the policing role because it's about keeping people in line and making sure integrity, honesty and discipline are still used in the air force," he said.
"I joined for the stability and wanted to do something out of the ordinary and for the country."
Although his wife is understandably a little apprehensive about his deployment, LAC Crowell said she was supportive of his work.
"She is a little worried about what she's seen in the news but she is pretty proud and happy for me," he said.
During his eight years in the RAAF, LAC Crowell has undertaken a number of assignments and deployments and was even granted the responsibility of guiding Julia Gillard through parts of flood-ravaged Queensland.
"I had to escort the Prime Minister around Ipswich during the floods and got to have coffee with Ms Gillard," LAC Crowell said.