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COLONEL ANDREW J. LEONE

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Col. Andrew J. Leone is the Mobilization Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Contracting, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Virginia. He is responsible for assisting the Deputy Assistant Secretary for all aspects of contracting relating to the acquisition of weapon systems, logistics, operational and contingency support for the Air Force.

Colonel Leone received his commission in 1991 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts. His first assignment was Acquisition Program Manager for the Air Force’s Shelter Technology Office at Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts, where he directed all acquisition and procurement activities for several tactical shelter programs including a $40M avionics repair facility program. In 1995, Colonel Leone was selected to attend Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training at Randolph AFB, Texas. In 1996, he was assigned to the 16th Airlift Squadron, 437th Airlift Wing at Charleston AFB, S.C. as a Wing Navigator.  While flying with the 16 AS, he upgraded to Instructor Navigator in the Special Operations Low Level II program. He has flown combat missions supporting operations in Kosovo and Macedonia. In 2001, Colonel Leone joined the Air Force Reserve in Charleston and was assigned to 315th Wing Plans. He commanded the 315th Logistics Readiness Flight where he was responsible for 45 members and all activities of the logistics readiness function – logistics plans, mobility/supply, fuels management, and vehicle maintenance. In 2007, he deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba supporting DoD’s Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants.

Prior to being assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Colonel Leone was the Director of the Joint Reserve Directorate (JRD) in the Office of Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering at the Pentagon. He led a team of over 50 members delivering subject matter expertise in acquisitions, systems engineering, and rare technical guidance and insight for allocation of $75B OSD (AT&L) & $13B Science & Technology (S&T) funding. Prior to serving in OSD, Colonel Leone was the Deputy Commander of the 315th Mission Support Group, 315th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Charleston, S.C., where he provided leadership as second in command of 600+ members. Comprised of 4 squadrons and 2 flights, the group’s responsibilities includes force support, communications, fuels, supply, vehicle maintenance, firefighting, explosive ordinance disposal, security forces and 2 aerial port squadrons all in support of 2,500 reserve personnel assigned to the 315th Airlift Wing. In 2010, he assumed duties as commander, 315th Mission Support Group for 7 months while the commander was deployed. In his civilian capacity, Colonel Leone is a real estate investor and developer.

EDUCATION
1991 Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass.
1992 Acquisition Program Manager Course, Lowry AFB, Colo.
1996 Joint Undergraduate Navigator Training, Randolph AFB, Texas
1999 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence and in residence
2000 Master of Business Administration, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.
2006 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2012 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2019 Joint and Combined Warfighting School - Hybrid, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. May 1992 - June 1992, Acquisition Program Manager Initial Training Course, Lowry AFB, Colo.
2. July 1992 - March 1995, AISMF Program Manager, Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom AFB, Mass.
3. April 1995 - March 1996, Student Navigator, Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training, Randolph AFB, Texas
4. April 1996 - August 1996, C-141B Navigator Initial Qualification Training, Altus AFB, Okla.  
5. September 1996 - March 2001, Instructor Navigator, C-141B, Special Operations Low Level II, 16th Airlift Squadron, 437th Airlift Wing, Charleston AFB, S.C.
6. March 2001 - October 2003, Wing Plans Officer, 315th Airlift Wing, Charleston AFB, S.C.
7. October 2003 - November 2005, Logistics Readiness Officer, 315th Logistics Readiness Flight, 315th Airlift Wing, Charleston AFB, S.C.
8. November 2005 - June 2008, Commander, 315th Logistics Readiness Flight, 315th Airlift Wing, Charleston AFB, S.C.
9. June 2008 - September 2013, Deputy Commander, 315th Mission Support Group, 315th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Charleston, S.C.
10. October 2013 - July 2016, Deputy Director, Joint Reserve Directorate, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering - ASD (R&E), OSD (AT&L), the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
11. July 2016 - September 2018, Director, Joint Reserve Directorate, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering - OUSD (R&E), the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
12. October 2018 - Present, Mobilization Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Contracting, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va.

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
January 2007 - May 2007, Administrative Review Officer, Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as a major
October 2013 - July 2016, Deputy Director, Joint Reserve Directorate, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering - ASD (R&E), OSD (AT&L), the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a colonel
July 2016 - September 2018, Director, Joint Reserve Directorate, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering - OUSD (R&E), the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a colonel

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: navigator (instructor navigator)
Flight hours: more than 1,000 military flight hours including 8 combat hours 
Aircraft flown: T-43, T-37, C-141B

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal with star
Kosovo Campaign Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Nov. 14, 1991
First Lieutenant Nov. 14, 1993
Captain Nov. 14, 1995
Major Nov. 14, 2002
Lieutenant Colonel Aug. 2, 2007
Colonel Aug. 16, 2013

(Current as of June 2020)