Colonel Travis K. Leighton is the acting Deputy Director for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health (ESOH). He assists in the management of ESOH staff responsible for DoD’s policies and p...
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Colonel Travis K. Leighton is the acting Deputy Director for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health (ESOH). He assists in the management of ESOH staff responsible for DoD’s policies and programs related to compliance with environmental laws; management of natural and cultural resources; cleanup of contaminated sites; safety & occupational health; fire and emergency services; installation emergency management; overseas environmental; climate adaptation; emerging contaminants; and international defense environmental cooperation.
Colonel Leighton commanded the 821st Support Squadron, Thule AB, Greenland and the 90th Civil Engineer Squadron, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming. He has also served in a variety of staff positions including two Major Commands, Headquarters Air Force and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Colonel Leighton’s deployments include support to Exercise NEW HORIZONS,Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
1995 B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, Champaign-
2000 M.S., Engineering and Environmental Management, Air Force
Institute of Technology, Wright Patterson AFB, OH
2001 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2010 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
2012 Air War College, by correspondence
Meritorious Service Medal with six devices
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit
Air Force Outstanding Unit with Valor Device
Registered Professional Engineer, State of Montana
Second Lieutenant January 3, 1996
First Lieutenant January 3, 1998
Captain January 3, 2000
Major March 1, 2006
Lieutenant Colonel February 1, 2011
Colonel June 1, 2017