Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Jaimie Leonard was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 8th, 2013 after being shot at close range during an insider attack on a Forward Operating Base (FOB). Jaimie was a military intelligence officer who was living and working on the same FOB as some of C Company, 4th Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Mike's company). As a member of brigade level staff, she was a key part of intelligence operations and contributed greatly to the mission of our Special Forces teams. Jaimie graduated from the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point in 1997 and was a classmate of Major James Alden (Mike's company commander) as well a classmate and Army Crew teammate with Major Alden's wife, Susan Alden. Jaimie served three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and was a highly decorated officer. She had an insatiable quest for excellence, extraordinary dedication to her profession, and a big heart for her family, friends and fellow soldiers of all ranks.
Having rowed all four years at West Point, Jaimie was a beloved member of the Army Crew team. Her extraordinary drive and devotion was most evident when she was training on the Hudson River or racing throughout the Northeast. Jaimie's USMA 1997 classmates and crew teammates are raising $25,000 to have a world-class Vespoli rowing shell (boat) dedicated in her name. This shell will be gifted to the current women's Army Crew team and used by cadet rowers for years to come. Competitive sports like crew and the many other physical, military, and academic rigors of West Point lay an important foundation for outstanding leaders such as Jaimie Leonard.
Since 1802, USMA has trained, graduated, and commissioned young officers who have proved to be significant military leaders and exceptional citizens. In fact, the motto of the history department is "At West Point, much of the history we teach was made by the people we taught." LTC Jaimie Leonard had aspirations of one day becoming President of the United States. Instead, she is remembered as the highest ranking woman to be killed in combat in American history. Jaimie will forever be a respected member of "The Long Grey Line" and is deeply missed by her family, friends, and comrades.