LeBlanc retires after nearly 50 years of service

James LeBlanc poses in front of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division after a flag-raising ceremony honoring his nearly 50 years of government service Jan. 7 at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California.

LeBlanc enlisted in the U.S. Navy in June 1972 as an aviation ordnanceman. He served at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, the Naval Weapons Evaluation Facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and aboard the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63).

He began his civil service career in May 1982 as a summer appointee at the Naval Ocean Systems Center. Four years later, LeBlanc came to China Lake as an electronics technician in the Fuze and Sensors Department; he joined the Weapons and Targets Department in 1994.

During that time, he earned an Associate of Science degree from Cerro Coso Community College in Ridgecrest.

In the last 14 years of his career, LeBlanc supported the warfighter as a logistics management specialist in the Surface-to-Air (PMA-201) branch in the Sustainment Group.

Story First Published: 2021-02-19