Lance Leone was the sole survivor of a helicopter crashed which killed his captain and two crew members. Lt. Leone suffered his own injuries following the crash, grieved the loss of his friends, and stood by their families. At one point, he was singled out as someone to be held accountable during an era of increased helicopter crashes.
However, Lt. Leone beat back the Coast Guard's charges of negligent homicide (eventually dismissed), and was recommended for promotion to Lieutenant Commander.
When he thought he was finally at a point to move forward from this very tragic event, Coast Guard Commandant, Admiral Papp, removed Lt. Leone from the promotion list.
This will be career-ending. His fate is with Janet Napolitano, who has never met Lt. Leone, his wife, or his three children under the age of 6. She doesn't know Lt. Leone's enduring passion and commitment to the service. Lt. Leone is dedicated to his career in the Coast Guard, and has been since he arrived at the Coast Guard Academy, nearly 15 years ago.
Please sign this petition to help Lt. Lance Leone remain in the Coast Guard, find peace, and move forward.
- Secretary, Department of Homeland Security
Please allow for the promotion of Lt. Lance Leone to Lieutenant Commander.
Lt. Leone survived a helicopter crash, rehabilitated from injuries he sustained, beat back criminal charges (which were dismissed), and has been found faultless by two Coast Guard crash review boards.
He was then selected for promotion to Lieutenant Commander, but now risks losing this step forward.
After all this, he will lose his career if his recommendation to be promoted is turned down.
Please help save the one remaining life of this crash survivor. He is a committed and passionate member of the Coast Guard. Lt. Leone, his wife, and their three children, deserve better.
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