In July, the GXP team welcomed Alex Leech as the defence customer support manager for the Asia, Australia, and Pacific Rim office.
Alex has hit the ground running with an initial focus on video analysis and SOCET GXP workflow training to support the Australian Defence Force. Teresa Hong will continue supporting commercial and Asia-based customers.
Alex brings extensive field experience to the position. He joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 2006 at the age of 17. However, at 6’ 4,” he was too tall to pursue a career as a fighter pilot, so he chose the geospatial imagery intelligence trade. Shortly after being posted to the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation, he was selected for a four-month operational deployment on the AP3-C Orion Maritime Patrol aircraft. He was dual-force assigned to Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and provided imagery intelligence and support for security operations focused on anti-smuggling and anti-piracy in the Arabian Sea, Arabian Gulf, and mainland Iraq. Alex was awarded a Task Group Commendation for his efforts while deployed.
After returning to Australia in December 2008, Alex transferred to Target Systems and Network Analysis (TSNA), where he identified critical nodes within networks and mapped new networks. Alex was deployed again in October 2009 to support the 20th Surveillance and Target Acquisition Regiment in Afghanistan and provided first- and second-phase full-motion video imagery support for ISAF/NATO forces in Uruzgan Province. In addition to his tactical role, Alex was heavily involved in reforming Australian UAV tasking and collection management.
Once back in Australia, he returned to TSNA and became the Target Systems team leader, reviewing the Australian Defence Force’s intelligence effort towards countering improvised explosive devices.
Alex discharged from the Permanent RAAF on July 17, 2011, and remains a member of the Air Force Active Reserves. He loves the outdoors and in his free time enjoys cross-country and downhill mountain biking, snowboarding, and body surfing.