Lieutenant Colonel Jaimie Elizabeth Leonard
Major Jaimie Elizabeth Leonard died June 8, 2013 in Afghanistan in service to her country. From a young age she dreamed of serving in the military and achieved this ambition with over 16 years of honorable service in the US Army. A brilliant and committed officer, Jaimie was respected and beloved by those with whom she served. She was an inspiration to all.
Born January 29, 1974, Jaimie grew up in Warwick, NY and graduated from Warwick Valley High School in 1992. After attending Marion Military Institute on a merit-based scholarship, she entered United States Military Academy at West Point, commissioning in 1997 as a Military Intelligence Officer. As a selectee to the highly competitive, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Office of the Secretary of Defense Intern Program, Jaimie earned her M.A. in Public Policy from Georgetown University in 1997. Her dedicated service comprised assignments to South Korea; Germany; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; the Pentagon; Fort Drum, New York, and multiple deployments, to include three combat tours - one in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. Her exemplary and selfless service to her country yielded award of three Bronze Stars, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, the Valorous Unit Award, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, three Afghanistan Campaign Medals, two Iraq Campaign Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, five Overseas Service Ribbons, the NATO badge, Parachutist Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
Major Jaimie was preceded in death by her father, Robert Fulton Leonard Jr. and mother, Patricia Ann Oberst. She is survived by five siblings: Elizabeth Anne Harman and husband JR Harman and daughters Ava and Leah of Putnam Valley, NY; Hannah J. Rudy and husband Travis Shores and son Theolonious and daughter Fionna of Hanover, NH; Allyson Basha and husband Mohammed Basha and daughter Nina of Burlington, VT; Samantha Leonard, presently serving with the Peace Corps in Grenada, West Indies; and Robert Leonard of East Dorset, VT; step-mother Sally Asbury Leonard of East Dorset, VT; and three godchildren, Kristen Courage, Katherine Kemkes, and Ava Harman. Jaimie will be lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews, godchildren, and many friends and colleagues. She was a true inspiration and consummate soldier- dedicated to her work, family, and friends - and she will be profoundly missed.
FUNERAL NOTICE: Services will be held at West Point Chapel on June 20, 2013. A wake will be held at Hogan Funeral Home in Highland Falls, NY on June 19. Jaimie will be interred in West Point Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Fisher House Foundation, which provides free or low cost lodging to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers.
William F. Hogan Funeral Home
135 Main Street Highland Falls, NY 10928
Published in The Manchester Journal on June 14, 2013