Warrant Officer of the Air Force

Warrant Officer Robert Swanwick

Warrant Officer Robert Swanwick joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1979 as an Airframe Fitter. After postings to RAAF School of Technical Training, Transport Section RAAF Base Williamtown and No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit, he remustered to Helicopter Crewman in 1982.

As a Crewman, he enjoyed postings at Nos 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 transitioning the capability to Army. During this period he was posted as the 2IC Training, 5 Aviation Regiment, RAAF Base Townsville.

He was promoted to Warrant Officer in 1991 and has since served in various aircrew positions and staff roles, including 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 Military Superannuation and Benefits Scheme 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. He was selected as the 8th Warrant Officer of the Air Force in July 2014 and commenced the role on 1 December 2015.

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.