Soldier raises comrades’ spirits while serving overseas

Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 10:16 AM.

Leonard plans to retire from the Air Force in January of 2014 and the couple plans to stay in Crestview.

"Crestview is where I lay my hat," Leonard said. "I plan to spend the rest of my life there."

The couple’s eldest son, also named Leonard, 24, recently joined the Air Force and works at Hurlburt Field. His brother, Billy Thibodeaux, 23, works for the county clerk’s office.

Shelia looks forward to her and her husband spending more time with their grandson, Wyatt, whom Leonard and his wife welcomed in August.

"We have a lot of catching up to do," Shelia said. "We’re going to have to get used to being around each other again."

That shouldn't be a problem.

After all, "God made him for me and vice versa," Shelia said.     

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