WEST ORANGE, NJ - Drew McCrossan has always thought of himself as the protector of his family, and the professional roles he has held demonstrate why he would feel that way. He has served for more than 19 years in the U.S. Navy as a pilot and officer, where he completed deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan, and he was previously a Federal Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration. 

Now, the West Orange resident is a senior operations manager at Amazon’s nearby Edison fulfillment center, where he oversees hundreds of employees and is in charge of strategic planning, operational execution, team development and continuous improvement initiatives.

He has always shown a more serious side to his three kids, but being at home more during the pandemic has changed that. 

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Over the last several months, McCrossan found himself dying his daughters’ hair (which he thinks turned out pretty well), building an outdoor movie theater out of PVC pipes, hosting family game nights, and doing arts and crafts such as restoring a 40-year-old family bench with his kids in the garage. 

“There seems to be a lifetime supply of sparklers at our house now, but the kids love them, and I’ll do anything to keep them smiling and having fun since summer camps and other activities are canceled,” he said.

McCrossan is appreciative of the opportunity to spend more quality time with family, especially since he has been deployed and separated from his family on numerous occasions due to military service. This year for Father’s Day, McCrossan will be drilling with the U.S. Navy Reserves, but he still plans on spending some of the day swimming with his kids and having a family BBQ.