Warrant Officer of the Air Force
Warrant Officer Robert Swanwick

Warrant Officer Robert Swanwick

Warrant Officer Robert Swanwick joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1979 as an Airframe Fitter. After postings to RAAFSTT, Transport Section RAAF Williamtown and 2 Operational Conversion Unit he remustered to Helicopter Crewman in 1982.

As a Crewman he enjoyed postings at 5 and 9 Squadrons and was deployed on operations with the Australian Contingent, Multinational Force and Observers, flying missions along the border of Egypt and Israel.

In 1987 Warrant Officer Swanwick was part of the team responsible for introducing the Blackhawk helicopter into service and to transition the RAAF helicopter capability to Army. During this period he was posted as the 2IC Training, 5 Aviation Regiment, RAAF Base Townsville.

Warrant Officer Swanwick was promoted to WOFF in 1991 and since then has served in various aircrew positions, staff roles and a brief stint in the civilian sector working as a barista for his daughter in Canberra. A highlight of this time was when Warrant Officer Swanwick was selected to be the Staff Officer Communications for the Air Force’s 75th Anniversary. He also served for 14 years as the Other Ranks Representative Trustee on the MSBS Board.

Warrant Officer Swanwick returned to the Permanent Air Force in 2014 and remustered to Executive Warrant Officer to take up the position of Group Warrant Officer – Surveillance and Response Group at RAAF Base Williamtown. Warrant Officer Swanwick was selected as the 8th Warrant Officer of the Air Force in July 2014 and commenced this role on 1 Dec 15.

Warrant Officer Swanwick lives in Canberra with his fiancé Lisa who is a serving Logistics Officer. He enjoys renovating houses, cooking, maintaining his fitness and attempting to play music on his guitar.