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Leslie Mayo (Photo by Ray Kozakewicz)

FORT LEE, Va. -- Name: Leslie “Buddy” Mayo

Hometown: Natural Bridge

Length of federal service: 9.5 years

Job title: Security Manager and Anti-Terrorism Officer for the Logistics Exercise and Simulation Directorate

Job duties: “Responsible for the physical security of our facility as well as all personnel, industrial and information security actions for our organization.”

What do you love most about your job? “In this day and age, security procedures are constantly changing. You have to stay on top of your game because people’s lives depend on what I do to ensure their safety whether it is at work here on Fort Lee or if they are traveling overseas.”

What do you consider your greatest achievement? “Retiring from the military after 23 years and 8 months of service.”

Do you volunteer? “Yes, I volunteer at my granddaughters’ elementary school every opportunity I get and with the Civilian Welfare Fund on Fort Lee. They provide some really great services for the civilian employees who work here.”

What do you expect from your leaders? “Fairness and a clear path of direction.”

Where would you most like to live? “Buxton, N.C. It has the best surf fishing in the world.”

When and where were you happiest? “I try to be happy everywhere I go. I try not to dwell on the things I can’t change and try to make the most of my situation wherever it may be.”

Do you have any pet peeves? “When people say ‘It’s not their job’ but then turn right around and ask for help with their tasking.”

Which historical figure would you most like to meet? “Anyone of our country’s founding fathers. They were wise beyond their years.”

What is your greatest fear? “The political path this country is currently on. I do not want the ones who served this country to have it been in vain.”

What is your greatest extravagance? “I am not an extravagant person. I have always tried to live within my means.”

Which talent would you most like to have? “I have always wanted to learn to fly helicopters.”

What’s your motto? “‘Be true to yourself, if not others have no reason to be.’”

Who are your role models? “My parents. Both were hard workers and they taught me that if you want things in life you have to work for it.”

What is it that you most dislike? “Dishonesty.”

What is something people would be surprised to know about you? “That I grew up raising and showing horses.”

What are your future aspirations? “Future promotions, of course, but my main aspiration is to retire early from federal service and move to the Outer Banks in North Carolina.”