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Former Beach resident becomes Air Force Major

May 8, 2013
By BOB PETCHER ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Former Fort Myers Beach resident Amber Leone was recently promoted to Major in the U.S. Air Force.

Leone, born in Miami and raised on the Beach after moving here in 1980 and attending Beach Elementary School, has compiled a solid list of school, work and military service since she graduated from Cypress Lake High School in 1993.

Leone first attended and graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1998. She then decided to enlist in the U.S. Air Force in 2000, and was stationed in Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. In 2003, she was deployed to Iraq before completing her first term of enlistment.

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U.S. Air Force Major Amber Leone, who grew up on Fort Myers Beach and attended Beach Elementary School, was recently promoted to her current title. She is currently traveling Asia and hopes to land at Aviano Air Base in Italy for her next duty station.

Not one to sit idle, Leone began working on her Masters degree in Anesthesiology at Barry University in her birth town of Miami in January 2005 and completed that task in May 2007.

After working at Lee Memorial Hospital for three years and in a hospital in Charlotte, N.C. for another year, she re-enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a Captain and was stationed at Langley (Va.) Air Force Base until the end of 2011.

In July 2012, she began a humanitarian mission to Huancavelica, Peru and moved to Misawa, Japan a month later.

Since then, she has been traveling in parts of Asia before being notified of her promotion to Major. Sometime in 2015, she hopes to land at Aviano Air Base in Italy for her next duty station.

Her parents, Beach residents Michael Leone and Linda Michellini, couldn't be more proud of her.

"As her father, I was very proud and very worried about her well being, and a lot of prayers were said," said Michael. "I'm the proudest and luckiest father on planet earth to have such a successful, giving and caring person as our daughter, Major Amber Leone."

Her father believes Major Amber Leone will make the Air Force her career.



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