A native of Dallas, Texas, Captain Leonard completed his undergraduate education at University of North Texas and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Baylor College of Dentistry. After commissioning into the Dental Corps in 1995, he completed Officer Indoctrination School at Newport, Rhode Island. His first permanent duty station was Branch Dental Clinic, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, and that tour included a three month Temporary Additional Duty assignment at U.S. Naval Dental Center Yokosuka, Japan. Captain Leonard next reported for duty at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, to serve with 11th Dental Company Detachment, 3d Dental Battalion, 3d Force Service Support Group, and he served the last two years of that tour as Officer in Charge. During his tour in Iwakuni, he completed the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College Non-Resident Program.
Captain Leonard’s next tour was to complete post-graduate dental education as a resident in the Advanced Clinical Program in General Dentistry at Naval Dental Center Mid-Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia, where he was awarded the Commanding Officer’s Award for Overall Excellence. His next assignment was on board USS WASP (LHD 1) as Dental Department Head, which included a deployment with 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and where he earned the Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer qualification.
Captain Leonard then reported to Naval Dental Center Parris Island, South Carolina where he was assigned as Clinic Director, Branch Dental Clinic, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, and subsequently as Officer In Charge, Branch Health Clinic, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. His next tour of duty was as Staff Planner, Business Planning and Development (M3B14), Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Washington, DC. He was then selected to serve as Officer In Charge, Branch Health Clinic, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, and Director for Branch Clinics, Naval Hospital Beaufort, and during this tour he was promoted to his current rank.
Captain Leonard subsequently reported to Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point, North Carolina as Executive Officer, followed by a tour as Commanding Officer, Naval Hospital Lemoore, California. He next reported as Chief of Staff to Navy Medicine West in San Diego, California. During this tour, he deployed in support of the Resolute Support mission as an Individual Augmentee and served as Commanding Officer, NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan from April to October, 2015 during Operation FREEDOM’S SENTINEL. Captain Leonard reported to his current assignment as Deputy Commander, Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics Command in June, 2016.
Captain Leonard’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.