Leonard is a colonel in the US Air Force
Most recently, he was commander, Heavy Airlift Squadron at Pápa Air Base in Hungary, where he helped stand up a first-of-a-kind multinational strategic airlift organization. This $5-billion, 30-year, 12-nation Strategic Airlift Capability C-17 consortium provides worldwide execution of humanitarian and contingency airlift and airdrop missions for NATO, the European Union, and the United Nations.
Leonard has flown more than 3,000 hours in mobility aircraft in operations around the globe, including numerous humanitarian relief efforts. During the Kosovo Campaign, he commanded KC-135 aerial refueling aircraft out of Montde- Marsan Air Base, France, receiving an Air Medal for meritorious achievement. Prior to his assignment in Hungary, he served as Japan Country Director and Northeast Asia Branch Chief on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, where he was the sole Japan expert and adviser to the chairman of the Joint chiefs of Staff.
He is a distinguished graduate of the US Air Force Academy. Selected for a scholarship upon graduation, he earned an MS in industrial engineering at Texas A&M University, where he worked with Sandia National Laboratories on SCUD missile detection and tracking systems. An Olmsted Scholar, he completed an MBA at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, Japan. He is currently attending the Fletcher School at Tufts University on a Chief of Staff of the Air Force/National Defense Fellowship and pursuing a doctorate in International Relations.
Leonard’s personal interests include running, basketball, East Asian languages, and spending time with family and friends.