Squadron Leader Kevin Lee always held a desire to serve with the ADF after moving to Australia from Taiwan. 

“As an immigrant to Australia, I love the way of life in Australia and how we all have a fair go,” Squadron Leader Lee said.

“I wanted to contribute to the community and saw joining Defence as a great way to serve my community and my country.”

He led the RAAF Expeditionary Airbase Operations Unit’s handover of Camp McNamara in the Middle East to the US in September. 

The handover followed the return to Australia of the Air Task Group 630 E-7A Wedgetail and KC-30A refueller after their final missions as part of the ADF’s contribution to the international Coalition’s defeat of Daesh in Iraq.

Squadron Leader Lee said his deployment expanded his experience well beyond his mustering as an electronics engineer.

“I was the executive officer of a task force on my last deployment,” Squadron Leader Lee said.

“While I was in a position of leadership, I was more of a manager of resources than a decision-maker. 

“Being the detachment commander at Camp McNamara holds far more leadership obligations.”  

Squadron Leader Lee said the deployment was complex and thoroughly tested him and his team. 

“I am fortunate to lead a team of highly motivated members who have come together and are performing with passion and professionalism.”

Support to the international Coalition continues through ADF personnel embedded in the Coalition’s headquarters in the Middle East.

Squadron Leader Lee has previously deployed on operations to Japan, the Middle East and China.