Retired from a 20-year career in the military and national intelligence communities. Over this career, served as: an operational linguist (in Russian, Spanish and Italian language fields); intelligence language instructor; course manager for national counter-narcotics training; and, director of senior executive leadership development courses.
Last assignments spent working for the National Security Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency and Central Intelligence Agency located in and near Washington DC. Worked with national law enforcement (FBI, DEA, Coast Guard) and foreign intelligence organizations. Recipient of twenty-seven military awards and decorations and numerous intelligence and teaching awards.
Completed three Associate of Science degrees in Teaching, Interpreting and Translating from the Community College of the Air Force and Miami-Dade Community College. Received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Excelsior College in New York. Completed both the Undergraduate and Graduate IntelligencePrograms and earned a Masters of Science degree in Strategic Intelligence from the Department of Defense’s classified Defense Intelligence College (later, renamed Joint Military Intelligence College) in Washington DC.
Pursued Ph.D. in History from Florida State University. Spearheaded recognition and posthumous awards ceremony for Cold War reconnaissance crew. Inducted into the Chapel of the Four Chaplains Legion of Honor. Led 400-person team in creation of the Aerial Reconnaissance Memorial and NationalVigilance Park located at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. Honored as first Historian Emeritus of the 91st Squadron. Invited to serve on Board of Directors by President Gary Powers Jr. for the Cold War Museum. President of the newly created 91st Squadron Heritage Foundation.
Married to Cynthia Steffens of Cape Coral, Florida with whom he helped raise four children: Allison (23); Mack (21), Amy and Beth(20). Proud grandfather of fifteen-month-old Grace Elizabeth Leisure.