Mr. Leonard Litton currently serves as the Director of Personnel Risk Reduction. His portfolio includes policy and assessment of the Department of Defense Drug Demand Reduction Program (DDRP) and safety and accident reduction activities. As the Director, Mr. Litton provides guidance and oversight to identify and promote best practice initiatives to enhance the Total Force, and meet priority goals by leveraging analyses focused on high risk behaviors, safety, and readiness.
Mr. Litton previously served as a Senior Military Readiness Analyst for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness. He also served as the first Deputy Director of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office, laying the ground work for the office and initiating key policy and program objectives.
Mr. Litton was born in North Carolina and attended The Citadel as the recipient of the Charles P. Summerall memorial scholarship. He majored in mathematics, graduating Cum Laude and as a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force ROTC program in 1985. Following graduation he accepted a regular commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and attended Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus AFB, Mississippi.
Mr. Litton served twenty-five years on active duty in the United States Air Force retiring as a Colonel in October 2010. During his career he had extensive experience in fighter, bomber, and trainer flight operations. His assignments included operational tours in Europe, nuclear operations, command, and headquarters staff assignments. Career highlights include serving as the Assistant Deputy Director for Capability Based Planning where he led and directed the planning and integration of in-depth technical and professional analysis which prepared capability, readiness, and risk assessments designed to shape the Air Force’s long-range budget plan. Commander, 25th Flying Training Squadron, in which he led a flying squadron of 130+ personnel, managed $80 million in resources, and supervised over 70,000 training events annually for the purposes of graduating 80 US/Allied pilots annually. Deputy Division Chief, Nuclear Operations, C2, and Arms Control Division directing a 30 person division leading joint/multi-command efforts ensuring Air Combat Command’s ability to execute nuclear missions, C2, and Air Force Support to Civil Authorities. And serving as the first Deputy Commander of the 325th Bomb Squadron, where he was responsible for the safe operation and combat employment of one of America’s two operational B-2 Stealth Bomber squadrons.
Mr. Litton received numerous awards during his career for flying expertise and leadership. As a flying training instructor, Mr. Litton was named the Air Education and Training Command Flying Training Flight Commander of the Year. In 1994, he was selected as an initial cadre instructor for the B-2 Stealth Bomber and became the 64th person ever to fly the aircraft. In 1996, he was the command nominee for the U.S. Jaycees 10 Outstanding Young Americans Award. He is a command pilot and has logged more than 3,500 hours in the T-37, T-38, A-10, and B-2.
Mr. Litton has also earned M.A. degrees from Webster University, The Naval War College, and the Air War College. He is married and has two adult sons, one of which is an officer in the United States Navy.